Last week we saw the 1st ever Pick 5 that the LuDawgs’ community participated in – and for those of you that used my picks, we did pretty well. If it wasn’t for the Gabriel Gonzaga knockout of Shawn Jordan, we would have hit the Pick 5 on the second card. This week’s action bring us plays from both the UFC and the WSOF, both Pick 5’s have similar fights on the card, so I’m leaning against playing the perfect 5/5 cards but rather playing both cards 3/5. Here we go…
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MMA Pick 5 #1
MELVIN GUILLARD VS ROSS PEARSON–
This should be an entertaining stand up war. Both fighters like to stand and bang, however Pearson has struggled in the past with fighters that are able to get their punches off first. Unfortunately for him this fight should play out in a similar fashion as I expect Melvin to beat him to the punch and eventually score the knockout.
GUILLARD VIA TKO ROUND 2
ROSI SEXTON VS JESSICA ANDRADE–
Both fighters had a significant size disadvantage in their UFC debuts, in this fight tho that will not be the case and both fighters are very similar in height and natural weight. That being the case I think Sexton’s skill is superior at this point in each of their careers and she will use her standup technique to take a decision here.
SEXTON VIA DECISION
JIMI MANUWA VS RYAN JIMMO–
This is a very interesting fight and I am torn on how this fight will play out. Manuwa will want to keep his distance in attempt to land a knockout blow and Jimmo will try to close the distance to clinch Manuwa and wear him down. I think Manuwa will be able to take advantage the 1st 2 rounds and possibly earn a stoppage, if not he will at least do enough to earn a 29-28 decision.
MANUWA VIA TKO ROUND 2
ALESSIO SAKARA VS NICKOLAS MUSOKE–
Im not a fan of this matchup but it has the make up to be exciting for the short duration of the fight. Musoke is jumping up in weight and filling in on later notice to face one of the harder punchers in the middleweight division. Musoke will try to take this fight to the ground to avoid Sakara’s big punches but with the size advantage he will have a hard time doing so.
SAKARA VIA TKO ROUND 1
COLE MILLER VS ANDY OGLE–
Miller has a huge 7 inch reach advantage which he will use to gain an edge of the feet and then take the fight to the ground where he will lock in a submission against the less experienced and talented Ogle.
MILLER VIA SUBMISSION ROUND 2
MMA PICK 5 #2
DAN LAUZON VS JUSTIN GAETHJE–
This should be an exciting matchup in which both fighters won’t hesitate to exchange in the striking game. This style of fight plays right into the hands of Gaethje as he will get off first in the exchanges and will eventually land a decisive blow and win via TKO.
GAETHJE VIA TKO ROUND 2
JOSH BURKMAN VS STEVE CARL–
This should be a good fight in which Carl will try to push the pace and keep the pressure on from the opening bell. Burkman will use his experience to thwart off Carl’s attack and he will eventually take control of the fight by picking Carl apart and earning a decision victory.
BURKMAN VIA DECISION
THE REST OF THE SELECTIONS HAVE BEEN BROKEN DOWN IN MMA PICK 5 #1