Friday, November 14, 2008

UFC 91 Picks & Predictions

If you like the UFC at all then this weekend you better clear your schedule on Saturday night, as one of the biggest fight cards the UFC has ever offered hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar is going to be crazy, as the name says it all. The veteran Randy Couture will put his UFC Heavyweight title on the line vs. the up and coming Brock Lesnar. To get you ready for the event this Saturday, Jason Lowry is going to preview every fight on the main card.
Randy Couture (+110) vs. Brock Lesnar (-140) - If there is one event to get excited for, its this one, as the UFC will find out just how good Lesnar really is. Lesnar comes into this one still with little experience in the MMA, as he is just 2-1, but really looked impressive in his last fight against Heath Herring where he beat up on Herring pretty much the whole fight and took home the unanimous decision. Couture hasn’t fought in over a year, but if you look back to his last fight against Gabriel Gonzaga you have to think this guy still has it even though he all of 45 years old. Couture easily gave Gonzage his worst beating ever, as he knocked him out early in the 3rd round of UFC 74. We might be crazy, but we are picking the old man in this one, as Couture has always finds a way to beat the guys no one gives him a chance against. We think its worth the risk in this one, as Lesnar is just to fresh to the sport to come in the favorite over a 3 time UFC Heavyweight Champion. Prediction: Couture +110
Kenny Florian ( -185) vs. Joe Stevenson (+155) - Kenny Florian (12-1) comes into this one as the big favorite, and its hard to argue with that, as Florian has rolled off 5 straight wins in the UFC, with the most recent coming against Roger Huerta by unanimous decision just a few months ago at UFC 87. Stevenson (34-8) definitely has the advantage when it comes to experience, and for a guy that has won 5 of his last 6 fights in the UFC, with the only loss coming to BJ Penn earlier this year, has to make you think Stevenson has a legit shot in this one, but we agree with the oddsmakers on this one. Florian wins this one with his great jiu-jitsu, as we see him using a submission move late in this one. Prediction: Florian -185
Gabriel Gonzaga (-350) vs. Josh Hendricks (+275) - Gonzaga comes into this one at 9-3, and he finally got back on the winning track with a submission win over Justin McCully at UFC 86, as Gonzaga loss back to back fights by way of knock out to Randy Couture and Fabricio Werdum. For Hendricks its his first ever fight in the UFC, and the 32 year old will need a lot to go his way if he plans on coming in and pulling the huge upset this weekend. There is a reason Gonzaga is such a favorite in this one, we take the experienced UFC in this one. Prediction: Gonzaga -350
Nate Quarry (+190) vs. Demian Maia(-240) - Quarry might come into this one as a big dog, but we really think this fight is going to be a lot closer than the oddsmakers have it. Quarry is 16-2 in his MMA career and a solid 5-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming to Rish Franklin by knock out. Now Maia is a perfect 9-0 and could easily be one of the fast and rising stars in the UFC, as he has used the choke submission to win all 3 of his fights in the UFC, with the most recent coming against Jason MacDonald at UFC 87. Now yea we think this one is going to be one hell of a battle, but we pick Maia is going to walk away the winner in this one. Prediction: Maia -240
Dustin Hazelett (-180 vs. Tamdan McCrory+150) - This isn’t a bad fight to get things underway, as you get to watch to little guys most likely fly at each other for a full 3 rounds. Hazelett is 13-4 at a young 22 years old, and minus his beating from Josh Koscheck at UFC 82 this guy has been a force of late, inluding a win over Josh Burkman this summer. McCrory is also young at just 22 years old and is a real solid 11-1 in MMA fighting and 2-1 since joining the UFC, including a unanimous decision win over Luke Commo just a few months ago at UFC 87. We actually think McCrory is going to pull off the big upset in this one, as we feel his hidden strength is going to lead to a knockout in this one. Prediction McCrory +150