Confuseyus: UFC On Versus, UFC 111, UFN 21 & DREAM 13 Predictions (Updated)
Posted by representingpuroresu on 03/19/2010
After a bit of downtime we’re upon another great stretch of MMA-not one, not two, not three, but FOUR events in just 10 days starting this weekend! OK, 5 if you count Strikeforce Challengers, but here we’re not. It starts this Sunday with UFC’s first event on Versus featuring Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones in a match of top Light Heavyweight contenders, then the following Saturday UFC returns to New Jersey for UFC 111 with Georges St. Pierre defending the UFC Welterweight Championship against Dan Hardy and Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir for the Interim Heavyweight Championship and perhaps Brock Lesnar in July, finally it’s to North Carolina on 3/31 for UFN 21 featuring TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson’s “official” debut and the UFC return of former PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi. And as a bonus, I’ll throw in picks for Monday’s DREAM 13 event in Japan. Too much MMA? Nah. Click below and let’s get to picking. (Updated 3/25)
Usual disclaimer: As always, these picks are strictly for entertainment purposes only and should not be used as the basis for any real-life betting/wagering. A “NC” in a fighter’s record indicates No Contest. All fighter rankings are based on the latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings.
UFC On Versus:
Main card airs live on Versus.
Jason Brilz vs. Eric Schafer
Records: Brilz 17-2-1, Schafer 11-4-2
Prediction: Brilz by unanimous/majority decision.
Mike Pierce vs. Julio Paulino
Records: Pierce 10-3, Paulino 17-2
Prediction: SHOCKER SPECIAL! Paulino by 1st round KO/TKO.
Brendan Schaub vs. Chase Gormley
Records: Schaub 4-1, Gormley 6-1
Prediction: Schaub by 1st round KO/TKO.
John Howard vs. Daniel Roberts
Records: Howard 13-4, Roberts 9-0
This was to have been Howard vs. Anthony Johnson, but Johnson is off due to injury.
Prediction: SHOCKER SPECIAL 2! Roberts by 3rd round submission/tapout.
Duane Ludwig vs. Darren Elkins
Records: Ludwig 19-10, Elkins 9-1
This was to have been Ludwig vs. Spencer Fisher, but Fisher is off due to injury.
Prediction: Elkins by 2nd round submission/tapout.
Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Records: Marshall 8-1, Matyushenko 23-4
Prediction: Marshall by unanimous/majority decision.
Clay Guida vs. Shannon Gugerty
Records: Guida 25-11, Gugerty 12-4
Prediction: Guida by unanimous/majority decision.
James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara
Records: Irvin 14-5, 1 NC, Sakara 14-7
Prediction: Irvin by 1st round KO/TKO.
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello
Records: Kongo 14-6-1, Buentello 27-11
Prediction: Buentello by unanimous/majority decision.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Records: Dos Santos 10-1, Gonzaga 11-4
Dos Santos is the #6 Heavyweight in the World.
Prediction: Dos Santos by 1st round KO/TKO.
Main Event: Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera
Records: Jones 9-1, Vera 11-4
Jones is the #10 Light Heavyweight in the World.
Prediction: Vera by unanimous/majority decision.
Main card airs live on PPV.
Greg Soto vs. Matt Riddle
Records: Soto 7-0, Riddle 3-1
This was to have been Ricardo Funch vs. Riddle, but Funch is now off due to injury.
Prediction: Soto by 2nd round KO/TKO.
Tomasz Drwal vs. Rousimar Palhares
Records: Drwal 17-2-1, Palhares 10-2
Prediction: Palhares by unanimous/majority decision.
Jared Hamman vs. Rodney Wallace
Records: Hamman 11-2, Wallace 9-1
Prediction: Hamman by 1st round KO/TKO.
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown
Records: Almeida 11-3, Brown 11-7
Prediction: Almeida by unanimous/majority decision.
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham
Records: Diaz 11-5, Markham 16-5
Prediction: Markham by 2nd round KO/TKO.
Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek
Records: Miller 16-2, Bocek 8-2
Prediction: Miller by unanimous/majority decision.
Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Records: Fitch 21-3, 1 NC, Alves 16-6
Fitch is the #2 Welterweight in the World. Alves is the #3 Welterweight in the World.
Prediction: Fitch by unanimous/majority decision.
3/25 UPDATE: The fight is now off. Alves is off due to a failed CAT scan. No word on if they’ll find a replacement, they’re up against time (just one day) and strict licensing requirements in New Jersey.
2ND UPDATE: Fitch is now off. No replacement. He’ll be moved to a later card. Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes has been promoted from prelim to PPV.
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Records: Pellegrino 14-4, Camoes 10-4-1
Prediction: Pellegrino by split decision.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders
Records: Ellenberger 22-5, Saunders 8-1-2
This was to have been Martin Kampmann vs. Saunders, but Kampmann is now off due to a cut.
Prediction: Ellenberger by 2nd round KO/TKO.
Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship
Records: Carwin 11-0, Mir 13-4
Carwin is the #8 Heavyweight in the World. Mir is the #3 Heavyweight in the World.
The winner will face UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in a title unification fight, possibly on 7/3. If the winner is injured and can’t fight then, Cain Velasquez gets the next shot.
Prediction: Carwin by 1st round KO/TKO.
Main Event: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy for the title
Records: St. Pierre 19-2, Hardy 23-6, 1 NC
St. Pierre is the #1 Welterweight in the World. Hardy is the #7 Welterweight in the World.
Prediction: St. Pierre by 3rd round submission/tapout.
Main card airs live on Spike as a lead-in to the TUF 11 premiere.
Charlie Brenneman vs. Jason High
Records: Brenneman 11-1, High 9-2
Prediction: Brenneman by 1st round KO/TKO.
Gerald Harris vs. Mario Miranda
Records: Harris 14-2, Miranda 9-0
Prediction: Harris by 1st round KO/TKO.
Lucio Linhares vs. Yushin Okami
Records: Linhares 13-5, Okami 23-5
Prediction: Okami by unanimous/majority decision.
Caol Uno vs. Gleison (Graison) Tibau
Records: Uno 25-12-5, Tibau 20-6
Prediction: Tibau by unanimous/majority decision.
Rob Emerson vs. Nik Lentz
Records: Emerson 9-8, Lentz 17-3-2
Prediction: Lentz by unanimous/majority decision.
Jakob Volkmann vs. Ronnys Torres
Records: Volkmann 9-2, Torres 18-2
Prediction: Torres by 2nd round submission/tapout.
Andre Winner vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Records: Winner 10-3-1, Oliveira 10-2
Prediction: Winner by unanimous/majority decision.
Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver
Records: Pearson 10-3, Siver 15-6
Prediction: Pearson by unanimous/majority decision.
Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera
Records: Quarry 12-3, Rivera 17-7
Prediction: Quarry by 1st round KO/TKO.
Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve
Records: Nelson 14-4, Struve 19-3
Prediction: SHOCKER SPECIAL! Struve by split decision.
Main Event: Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi
Records: Florian 12-4, Gomi 31-5, 1 NC
Florian is the #4 Lightweight in the World.
Prediciton: Florian by split decision.
Main card airs live in US on HDNet.
Josh Barnett vs. Siala Siliga
Records: Barnett 24-5, Siliga 3-1
Prediction: Barnett by 1st round KO/TKO.
Cole Escovedo vs. Yoshiro Maeda
Records: Escovedo 15-4, Maeda 26-7-2
Prediction: Maeda by unanimous/majority decision.
Jimmy Ambriz vs. Ikuhisa Minowa
Records: Ambriz 14-12-1, Minowa 41-30-8
Prediction: Minowa by 1st round submission/tapout.
Andrews Nakahara vs. Ryo Chonan
Records: Nakahara 2-1, Chonan 16-10
Prdiction: Nakahara by unanimous/majority decision.
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Records: Kikuno 12-2-2, Hironaka 16-6
Kikuno is the DEEP Lightweight Champion. This is a NON-TITLE match.
Prediction: Kikuno by 1st round KO/TKO.
Andre Amade vs. KJ Noons
Records: Amada 6-3-1, Noons 7-2
Prediction: Noons by 1st round KO/TKO.
Main Event: DREAM Featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes vs. Joachim Hansen for the title
Records: Fernandes 7-2, Hansen 19-8-1
Fernandes is the #9 Featherweight in the World. Hansen is the #6 Lightweight in the World.
Prediction: Hansen by 1st round KO/TKO.
As far as doing live results & commentary, right now the only one I’ll be able to do them for is UFC 111. I intend to purchase the PPV and even though I have out-of-town plans that day, I’ll be home in time for the event.