Charles Walker-While this is nothing like the original main event, I guess it will suffice. They sure have done enough to get people interested with all the commercials they show on Spike. With that said, Ortiz hasn't been in a fight in what seems like ages (I know it was 84 but still) and Forrest is coming off a very embarassing beatdown by Anderson Silva. So both have something to prove, I just think Forrest has the upperhand here as he won't be rusty and he pretty much just needs to stick and move for three rounds to eek out a decision, which I think he'll do in boring fashion.....Griffin via decision
Rich Wyatt-This should be an entertaining fight. One fighter will jump right back into the light heavyweight mix. Both guys have a following and can sell tickets for a variety of reasons. I can easily see a rejuvenated "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" making a successful return, but the more I look at it, I'm thinking Forrest Griffin by decision. Just a hunch.
Kelvin Hunt-Tito just has so many question marks coming into this fight. How healthy will his back be after surgery. How will he react to fighting after 18 months away from the sport. I want to pick him because I think he can take Griffin down and win a decision if healthy. However, there's just too many question marks for me. Griffin via decision.
Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck
Charles Walker-The true main event in my opinion is this fight. Two talented wrestlers with heavy hands, who both like to stand nowadays. Rumble is fresh off a total annihilation of Yoshida at UFC 104 and should be able to make weight this time and Koscheck is fresh off beheading Frank Trigg. While Koscheck can certainly turn it into a grappling match, I don't think he will. If he didn't do it from the onset of the Thiago Alves fight, I don't see him doing it here. Problem is Rumble's more than likely going to beat him to the punch on several occassions and I think Koscheck is going to be in panic mode for most of the fight, leading to a late 2nd early 3rd round TKO for Johnson.
Rich Wyatt-Josh Koscheck by TKO in the 3rd. It's hard to pick against "Rumble", man. Is it his time or too soon? We'll find out Saturday.
Kelvin Hunt-I like Johnson's confidence, but I'm not quite sure he's ready for Koscheck. I could be wrong, but I think Koscheck will strike enough to set up his take downs. Which will eventually wear the much larger Johnson down. Koscheck via TKO in the 3rd.
Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann
Charles Walker-Thiago via decision
Rich Wyatt-Paulo Thiago over Jacob Volkmann by submission in the 3rd
Kelvin Hunt-Volkmann is versed in submissions, and was a 3 time All-American wrestler. He also reportedly won the no-gi world championships in 2008. Thiago is tough as nails and supposedly very good on the ground, but I'm go with the upset here. Volkmann via decision.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Luiz Cane
Charles Walker-Another great fight, Lil Nog in his octagon debut takes on another tough Brazilian in Luis Cane. I wasn't TOO impressed with Cane's last outing against Steve Cantwell and the fact Cantwell was able to land successfully ALOT leads me to believe Nog's great boxing will come into effect and cause Cane problems, not to mention Cane gassed rather quickly against Cantwell. In the end, I don't see either finishing the other, so I'll give Nog the unanimous decision.
Rich Wyatt-I'm a fan of Nogueira. I just think that the talented young Cane comes in hungry and finds a way to take this one. I do, though, think that Nogueira would bounce back from a loss and could still become a factor at 205 in the UFC, once he gets back into an active schedule. Cane may be the wrong opponent against whom to shake off ring rust, though. Luis Cane by TKO in the 3rd.
Kelvin Hunt-I love Cane, but he just takes too much damage and it's going to cost him against top competition. Which is exactly what he's facing in Nogueria. Nogueira's boxing and ground skills will be too much for the rugged Cane. Nogueira via decision.
Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni
Charles Walker-Unless Baroni lands a bomb at the beginning this should be a gimme fight for Amir, who will more than likely submit Baroni by the 2nd round.
Rich Wyatt-Amir Sadollah over Phil Baroni by 1st round submission.
Kelvin Hunt-Baroni will come out guns blazing as usual and then fall off like Big Mac toppings. Sadollah via submission Rd. 2
Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis
Charles Walker-Good match up and hard to pick, Saunders will have a big reach advantage and is good enough on the ground to keep Davis from stifling him there, so I'm taking Saunders via decision.
Rich Wyatt-Marcus Davis over Ben Saunders by TKO in the 2nd.
Kelvin Hunt-Marcus Davis via decision
Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt
Charles Walker-Rosholt via wrestling in a lopsided decision and sending Grove packing
Rich Wyatt-Jake Rosholt over Kendall Grove by TKO in the 2nd
Kelvin Hunt-Jake Rosholt via decision
Brock Larson vs. Brian Foster
Charles Walker-Larson via decision
Rich Wyatt-Brock Larson over Brian Foster by decision
Kelvin Hunt-Brock Larson via decision
Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Cameos
Charles Walker-Caol Uno via decision
Rich Wyatt-Caol Uno via decision
Kelvin Hunt-Caol Uno via decision
George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent
Charles Walker-Sotiropoulous via 2nd round submission
Rich Wyatt-George Sotiropoulous over Jason Dent by submission in the 3rd. George is one of my all-time favorites off of The Ultimate Fighter. Can't wait to see his lightweight debut.
Kelvin Hunt-Sotiropoulous via submission in Rd. 2