UFC 157 Predictions
Events come thick and fast in the UFC these days and this Saturday night is something a little special. Not only is this a stacked card but the first ever female UFC title fight is the main event. I’m not sure how big women’s MMA will become in the UFC but they are certainly going to give it a go.
Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche
If the UFC are to make a success of turning women’s MMA into mainstream it is clear that they are basically putting all their eggs in one lady shaped basket; Ronda Rousey. The Olympic Judo medallist has won all of her previous fights via armbar in the first round and I don’t think anyone is expecting anything else here. If she loses, I’m not exactly sure what the UFC will do but hopefully they will have a plan B as anything can happen in the Octagon and even the most seasoned veterans can be dumbfounded by the big show. Carmouche has the brilliant nickname of Girl-Rilla and with no-one giving her a hope of winning, she will be able to go into the fight free of pressure. I’m not going to dare predict anything other than a Rousey armbar however!
Prediction: Ronda Rousey via Submission Round 1
Lyoto Machida vs Dan Henderson
What a fight this has the potential of being! On the flip side, it does also have the potential of being a boring one. We all hope that this will remain standing so we can see the dynamic, technical, pin point striking of Machida against that awesome knockout power that Henderson often brings out. Henderson has fantastic wrestling as we all know so he should dictate exactly where the fight goes. Dan has also not lost at 205 since a decision to Rampage many moons ago. Machida really needs to string some wins together to get back into the title hunt and I think it may be his night.
Prediction: Lyoto Machida via TKO Round 2
Urijah Faber vs Ivan Menjivar
I really can’t wait for this one; Faber is such a great guy to watch and has never lost back to back fights in his career. A record of 2-2 in the UFC really won’t sit well with Faber and he will be looking for a dominant performance in this fight. Menjivar isn’t someone I know a great deal about but he certainly won’t be a pushover although I expect Faber to be too much for him.
Prediction: Urijah Faber via decision
Court McGee vs Josh Neer
Both these guys are looking to break a run of back to back losses which makes this such an important fight. You do not want to lose three in a row inside the Octagon. Josh Neer has been around for absolutely ages and has bags of experience to use against the TUF winner. I’m not exactly sure why this fight is so high on the card but it has the potential to be a great fight anyway.
Prediction: Josh Neer via TKO Round 1
Josh Koscheck vs Robbie Lawler
This fight should be two experienced guys going at it and is my pick for fight of the night. There will be plenty of wrestling talent in that Octagon and hopefully that will mean it won’t get used and we will see an absolute slugfest. Lawler will make his first UFC appearance since 2004 and will be desperate to show that he’s still got it. Koscheck will be looking for one more run at the title to see if he can finally get the better of GSP. I know Koscheck isn’t the most popular fighter but I will be cheering for him without a doubt.
Prediction: Josh Koscheck via TKO Round 3
Brendan Schaub vs Lavar Johnson – Lavar Johnson via TKO Round 1
Michael Chiesa vs Anton Kuivanen – Anton Kuivanen via Decision
Dennis Bermudez vs Matt Grice – Dennis Bermudez via Decision
Sam Stout vs Caros Fodor – Sam Stout via TKO Round 1
Kenny Robertson vs Brock Jardine – Brock Jardine via Submission Round 1
Jon Manley vs Neil Magny – Neil Magny via Decision
Nah-Shon Burrell vs Yuri Villefort – Yuri Villefort via TKO Round 1
There we have it, this card has huge potential and I’ll certainly be switching it on when I get in!
The prelims start at 01:00 Sunday on ESPN.