Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs Dan Henderson– I gotta say that I think this is the best UFC main event, maybe ever. These 2 guys know how to handle every aspect of the MMA game offensive and defensive. If somebody doesn’t land a huge punch early then this is gonna be a very exciting fight, a war. I know the concensus is to probably take Hendo in this fight, but I’m taking Rampage. Jackson seems more focused than he’s ever been and in my opinion Hendo is breeming with overconfidence and cockiness. One thing Rampage has to do is avoid the big Rocky Marciano right hand that Henderson throws. Henderson is a wrestler in every sense of the word and wrestlers hate being on their back and thats where Jackson needs to take this fight. Rampage’s ground n pound is very underrated, he is capable of stopping the fight in that position as we’ve seen many times, most notably the first Chuck Liddell fight. I believe Rampage will win by stoppage because its pretty much impossible to KO Hendo and Jackson doesn’t have armbars in his arsenal, but I think Jackson can use his slams and body punches to stop Henderson.
Prediction- Rampage by TKO.
Mirko Crocop vs Cheik Kongo– I like Crocop to get back on track in this fight. He says that he didn’t train with a cage or with elbows before the Gonzaga fight, why a professional fighter would do that is beyond me. Having said that, he brought a cage into his training facility and worked on throwing and defending elbows. Thats not the reason why he is going to win this fight. The reason is that Kongo is a stand-up fighter and will stand with Crocop, not to say that Kongo isn’t a good striker, he is, but I just don’t think he’s on the level of Crocop yet. If Crocop is focused then he’s probably the most dangerous striker in the world and I think he’s focused and will dispatch Kongo in the first round with a highlight reel KO.
Prediction- Crocop by KO
Michael Bisping vs Matt Hamill– Hamill is a very good fighter with great wrestling skills and great desire to fight. That being said I have to say I love Bisping in this fight in front the home crowd. Bisping is on a serious roll and I don’t believe Hamill is the one to derail that roll. It should be a good fight to watch as the crowd will be pumped, the atmosphere will be electric. I like Bisping to land some good shots standing and then finish the fight on the ground with punches.
Prediction- Bisping by TKO
Other main card predictions
Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara- Alexander by Decision
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor- Davis by Sub
Tomasz Drwal vs. Thiago Silva- Drwal by TKO
Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim- Etim by Sub
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Dennis Siver- Siver by Decsision
Anthony Torres vs. Jess Liaudin- Torres by Decision