This Saturday is going to be one of epic sporting awesomeness! We are going to the San Francisco Giants FanFest during the day and then there is the rather superb card of fights on tap for UFC 126. Seriously, this card is rocking! And, oh yeah, there's a little football game on Sunday to determine the greatest team in the entire universe (or America). I'm a Steelers fan and expect a great game with the Steelers emerging victorious!
I thought it was about time to get some predictions in for the fights. Also, one side note, it appears the UFC has pulled the plug on their fantasy game. The link I have for the game takes me to a page to find a bar to watch the fights in rather than make choices for the next fights. Oh well.
Hard to say which fight I'm most excited about. Obviously the Silva/Belfort fight is gonna be awesomeness but I think I might be a little bit more excited about Bader/Jones.
Anyway, let's get to the picks!
Reason: Anderson Silva is not unbeatable. He was thoroughly dominated by a roided up Chael Sonnen in his last fight and barely, barely got a last minute submission to steal a win. Vitor Belfort has all the skills and power to beat Silva but I am going to guess that Silva felt how close he was to losing last time and is going to come out and get his business taken care of.
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Prediction: Rich Franklin by TKO in Rd. 2
Reason: Two great guys, two great fighters but only one can win. I think Franklin's all-round skills are going to carry him past Forrest.
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
Prediction: Jones by TKO in Rd. 3
Reason: This is gonna be a crazy fight. I expect everything including a car chase and a running shootout through the financial district (ala Heat). But I think Jones is the more dynamic fighter by just a little bit and I think he's going to bring some power and fury that's gonna be just a bit too much for Bader. But this fight could clearly go either way.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Prediction: Ellenberger by Split Decision
Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
Prediction: Torres by Unanimous Decision
Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Prediction: Kelly by Unanimous Decision
Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Prediction: Mendes by Unanimous Decision
Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor
Prediction: Taylor by TKO in Rd. 1
Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto
Prediction: Johnson by TKO in Rd. 2
Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson
Prediction: Pierce by Unanimous Decision
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero
Prediction: Kingsbury by Unanimous Decision
Fight of the Night: Silva vs. Belfort (I hope!)
Knockout of the Night: Taylor
Submission of the Night: None
Super Bowl Champions: Pittsburgh Steelers