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November 16, 2013 | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, Nevada
Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks for welterweight title
For the last few years I had always held the belief that Hendricks would be the fighter to knock GSP off of the Welterweight top stop and now that the day is finally here I am not changing that belief. I think the wrestling in this fight somewhat balances out and is negated – with the fight being left standing – I think GSP will use his superior footwork, speed and technique to gain an early advantage. Hendricks will take his fair share of jabs in this fight before landing a few overhand lefts, ending GSP’s night early and earning himself the UFC Welterweight Championship.
HENDRICKS VIA TKO ROUND 3
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
This fight is interesting because Sonnen has shown the ability to impose his will on many of the top fighters in the UFC today. This fight, however, is vs. an above average wrestler in Evans, therefore the wrestling aspect of this fight has a good chance to be negated. If that is the case, this fight will come down to who has the better striking and the edge in that aspect of the fight is clearly in Rashad’s favor.
EVANS VIA DECISION
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
I think Lawler is a very live dog in this fight. Rory has shown the tendency to leave himself open for big shots throughout the course of his past few fights. If he does that vs. Lawler, he could be in for a bad night this Saturday. I think Rory comes out and tries to make this fight much like his fight vs. Ellenberger, where he essentially stayed away from the power shots. However, I think Lawler has the speed and skill set to land a few of those big shots and pull off the huge upset victory.
LAWLER VIA TKO ROUND 2
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
Both of these fighters have really good wrestling in their arsenal and have shown in the past that they have knockout power in their punches. I see these 2 fighters wrestling skills canceling each other out. That being the case, I see this fight remaining standing where I lean towards favoring Koscheck. Koscheck has the better chin, more technical standup, and has the edge in experience. Therefore, I think these things factor into the decision victory for him.
KOSCHECK VIA DECISION
Ali Bagautinov vs. Timothy Elliott
This should be a very entertaining fight because there is so many different ways things could play out. Ali is talented on his feet and is world class on the ground. Elliot is a good wrestler who also possesses skills in the striking game. I think the key to this is Elliot fighting a smart fight and staying away from the dangerous submission game of Bagautinov. Elliot will use his striking effectively to set up his takedowns, and from there, he needs to be conscious of Ali throwing up submissions off of his back to grind out a decision. If he slips up at any point of the fight Ali will be able to take advantage of the fight and finish it.
ELLIOTT VIA DECISION
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Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
In this fight Cerrone will want to keep his distance to effectively use his jabs and kicks. Dunham will have to put the pressure on Cerrone and stay in his face throughout the course of this fight. Both fighters are extremely talented and this fight is key for them to remain relevant within the UFC lightweight division. I think it is possible for Cerrone to execute his game plan, but I feel that it’s just a matter of time before Dunham figures him out and either pushes him up against the cage, or takes the fight to the ground and grinds out a decision.
DUNHAM VIA DECISION
Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
Herman takes this fight on late notice and has not looked like a UFC level fighter in his last few fights. Leites will be able to dictate where this fight goes and will be able to dominate in all aspects. I see Leites picking Herman apart on the feet before eventually getting this fight to the ground and finishing via submission.
LEITES VIA SUBMISSION ROUND 2
Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
Unless Ebersole can get lucky and lock in a desperate submission, I do not see him having any way to win here. Story is the better striker, is much stronger, has good submission defense and has more ways technically to win this fight. I think Story will fight a smart fight, keep away from the submission game of Ebersole and earn an easy decision victory.
STORY VIA DECISION
Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez
Figueroa has a puncher’s chance at best in this fight. Perez should be able to take this fight to the ground early where he will have the chance to try multiple submission as he is the far superior grappler in this contest and Figueroa has the tendency of giving up his back on the ground. I think Perez will be able to lock in a submission sometime in round 2.
PEREZ VIA SUBMISSION ROUND 1
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Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
This fight should be one-sided, in my opinion. Both of these fighters are wrestlers, although High is the much better of the 2. Once the fight gets to the ground, High is a far superior grappler and Lapsley’s submission defense is severely lacking. I see High having no problem getting this fight to the ground and locking in a submission in the 1st round.
HIGH VIA SUBMISSION ROUND 1
Will Campuzano vs. Sergio Pettis
Campuzano is taking this fight on a little more than one weeks notice and is facing a fighter who has been touted as a top prospect. Both fighters are skilled on their feet with Campuzano having more power and Pettis having better technique and kicks. Pettis holds the advantage on the ground, but I doubt that aspect will come into play much, as I expect numerous exciting exchanges.
PETTIS VIA DECISION
Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante
Normally, I hate taking fighters on short notice, but in this fight I will make an exception. Villante steps in to take this fight after Robert Drysdale had to pull out due to an elevated T/E ratio and he steps into a very winnable fight here. Donovan has a very suspect chin which Villante will test early and often. I do not expect this fight to last very long as Villante should finish it in the 1st.
VILLANTE VIA TKO ROUND 1