UFN 14 is a pretty decent card considering that it was put together on such short notice. We get to see arguably the world's best fighter in Anderson Silva. As well as the return of Hermes Franca, and highly touted HW prospect Cain Velasquez. So let's get right into it...the first fight shown will be...
Jesse Taylor vs. C.B. Dollaway-Basically this is a battle between two wrestler's. Dollaway and Taylor have faced one another in amatuer wrestling...with Dollaway getting the best of Taylor both times. But, this is a MMA fight...Dollaway has the edge standing and I assume he will want to keep this fight standing. This is more than likely be a grind it out type of fight that goes to a decision..with Taylor winning.
Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns-Johnson is a super gifted athlete and has superior standup skills. Burns burst on the scene at UFC 85...submitting BJJ blackbelt Roan Caneiro. Over half of his wins have come via submission. Johnson will try to keep this one on the feet using his good wrestling skills. Johnson will take this via highlight reel KO.
Cain Velasquez vs. Jake O’Brien-The debut of Velasquez of national TV...with O'Brien coming off his first career loss against former champ Andre Arlovski. Velasquez is highly touted and is known for finishing his fights super quick. O'Brien has shown to have good wrestling skills with little to no standup and have been labeled a boring fighter by many...including me. Velasquez was an All-American wrestler at Arizona State so he's no slouch in that department. He'll wanna keep this one on the feet and win via TKO.
Hermes Franca vs. Frankie Edgar-Good fight here....Franca coming off his year long suspension for testing positive for steroids after losing to Sean Sherk at UFC 73. Edgar coming off his first professional loss to Gray Maynard. Franca is primarily a BJJ guy...with a hell of a highmaker right hand. Edgar is pretty well rounded but wrestling based. I think the long lay off is gonna affect Franca and Edgar will control him for three rounds and win via decision.
Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy-Vera ventures his way back down to the LHW division after consecutive losses at HW. Reese is a former IFL fighter making his UFC debut...he's primarily a grappler but can finish fights. Vera will look to keep the fight standing and implement his muay thai and striking skills. He needs to win impressively or his stock will plummet something terrible. Vera by TKO.
Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin-The main event...is Silva's first fight at LHW. Irvin is primarily a striker with KO power...however, is suspect to being submitted. I think Silva wants to put on a show for the fans and wins this one ala Chris Leben. Irvin has a puncher's chance...and that's about it. Silva via KO.
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