Wow, another UFC PPV is upon us! This one is going to be very special to me in that this will the first time I attend a live UFC PPV event! My wife and newborn, along with my dad and brother will be making the 6-7 hour track down to Atlanta on Thursday night. That way we'll(me, my dad, and brother)be able to attend the autograph sessions, and hopefully get to network a little bit in hopes of adding more things to MMA4Real. I'm very excited about this card and some of the match ups make it difficult to predict, but below is my take on how I see things unfolding.
Nathan Marquardt vs. Martin Kampmann-I think this is a very good matchup. Marquardt is very well rounded as is Kampmann, but Marquardt should enjoy a strength advantage. I think this fight is basically a 'whoever imposes their will' type of fight. I'm going with experience and size...Marquardt via decision.
Dan Henderson vs. Rousimar Palhares-I see Henderson being able to use his wrestling ability to keep this fight standing. Palhares hasn't shown much standup ability, however, his submission skills are off the chain. Henderson has been subbed before, ironically with all 3 guys coming from the same camp...Nogueira brothers and Anderson Silva. Henderson by TKO in the 2nd.
Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida-This fight all comes down to Parisyan and his conditioning. After being KTFO on national TV by Thiago Alves...I think Karo will be in shape for this fight. However, his opponent is no slouch...and this fight is a make or break fight for Parisyan. I'm go with Karo via split decision.
Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill-I love this matchup and it should be a good one. Hamill has shown a propensity to want to stand and bang for the most part, even though he is a very good wrestler. He's shown a very good chin and gorilla strength. However, his cardio has been a little suspect in his last couple of fights. I see Franklin wearing him down and winning via TKO in the 3rd round.
Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans-The classic striker vs. wrestler and we all know Liddell murders wrestlers. However, I don't think it'll be as one sided as many people think. Evans brings a very good set of tools to the cage with him. If he has improved his cardio, I think he can present Liddell with some problems. However, Liddell is always only 1-2 punches away from a KO so I have to go with the traditional pick here. Liddell via TKO 3rd round.
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