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Anderson Silva Vs. Thales Leites
 
Name: Anderson Silva
Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 23-4-0
Anderson Silva
"The Spider"


Name: Thales Leites
Height: 6' 1" (185 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 14-1-0
Thales Leites
 
 

Kelvin Hunt-While I think Leites has a chance of beating Anderson Silva, I can't go against him in making this pick.  I think Anderson will do his usual and feel Leites out for a couple of minutes and get his timing down...then goto work.  However, Leites is durable as all hell.  I think he makes it to the 3rd round and then Anderson puts him away via TKO.

Charles Walker- While I don't think it'll be a total domination, I think Anderson will soundly do away with Thales Leites.  His reach, his accuracy, and his killer instinct is going to give Leites hell and I have a hard time seeing Thales able to take this fight to the ground unless pulling guard in which I highly doubt Anderson would be dumb enough to follow.  I think it'll be a slow start in the first round, maybe a flurry midway through it, I think Leites will show he can take some good shots from Anderson and then I think 2nd round, both will get loose and Leites will try to push forward to close the distance, which will be his undoing and Anderson will go home with his fifth straight title victory.

 

Chuck Liddell Vs. Mauricio Rua
 
Name: Chuck Liddell
Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 21-6-0
Chuck Liddell
"The Iceman"


Name: Mauricio Rua
Height: 6' 1" (185 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 17-3-0
Mauricio Rua
"Shogun"
 

Kelvin Hunt-I'd love for Shogun to win this fight, but I just can't see it.  He will not be able to take and/or keep Liddell down.  He doesn't possess devasting KO power like Rampage or Rashad.  The longer this fight goes, the more it favors Liddell as I think Shogun's cardio will still be suspect.  I think Liddell takes Shogun out via TKO in Rd. 3

Charles Walker- Both guys are trying to reinvent themselves and I think it'll show...for maybe two or three minutes then both will go back to what they feel comfortable doing.  I think Chuck will be head hunting but be smart about it and I think Shogun will be trying to get inside and close to Chuck by throwing kicks.  In the end, I think it'll be a war, I think the fans will get a good well fought fight but I think Shogun will land more and better shots due to his youth and quickness and I think he'll actually finish Chuck via TKO in round 3.

 

Krzysztof Soszynski Vs. Brian Stann
 
Name: Krzysztof Soszynski
Height: 6' 1" (185 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 17-9-1
Krzysztof Soszynski
"The Polish Experiment"


Name: Brian Stann
Height: 6' 1" (185 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 6-1-0
Brian Stann
"All American"
 

Kelvin Hunt-I'm go against the grain in this one and pick Brian Stann.  Soszynski will probably not want to stand with Stann, and I think Stann might be able to pull this out.  Stann via decision

Charles Walker- Reading that Stann's been working with Greg Jackson might change my mind but I still can't see him winning this, I think Soszynski will take it to the ground repeatedly and we'll be in for a boring decision win for the Polish Experiment.

 

Cheick Kongo Vs. Antoni Hardonk
 
Name: Cheick Kongo
Height: 6' 4" (193 cm)
Weight: 240 (109 kg)
Record: 23-4-1
Cheick Kongo
 


Name: Antoni Hardonk
Height: 6' 4" (193 cm)
Weight: 245 (111 kg)
Record: 8-4-0
Antoni Hardonk
 
 

Kelvin Hunt-Kongo via TKO Rd. 1.  I think the guy is on a mission.  Hardonk does have better BJJ, but I don't think this fight will make it to the ground.

Charles Walker- This'll be a war, plain and simple, it's a toss up fight as both excel at the same thing, both have power and both can take a shot.  So I'm gong to bet on black and pick Kongo by decision.

 

Steve Cantwell Vs. Luiz Cane
 
Name: Steve Cantwell
Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 7-1-0
Steve Cantwell
"Robot"


Name: Luiz Cane
Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 10-1-1
Luiz Cane
"Banha"
 

Kelvin Hunt-Cane via TKO Round 2.

Charles Walker- Luiz Cane by TKO in round 2.  No explanation needed, I think he's just an overall better fighter than Cantwell.

 

Eliot Marshall Vs. Vinicius Magalhaes
 
Name: Eliot Marshall
Height: 6' 3" (191 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 6-2-0
Eliot Marshall
"The Fire"


Name: Vinicius Magalhaes
Height: 6' 3" (191 cm)
Weight: 205 (93 kg)
Record: 3-3-1
Vinicius Magalhaes
"Vinny"
 
Kelvin Hunt-Vinny doesn't really have any standup game...Marshall is slightly better and although he's versed in BJJ he'll want to keep this one on the feet.  Vinny's chin is kind of suspect IMO.  Marshall via TKO Rd. 1
 
Charles Walker- I'mma go Eliott Marshall by decision.
    

 

Denis Kang Vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
 
Name: Denis Kang
Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 31-11-1
Denis Kang
 


Name: Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Height: 6' 1" (185 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 20-9-0
Xavier Foupa-Pokam
"The Professor X"
 
Kelvin Hunt-Kang via Sub Round 1.  He BETTER not let me down this time damn it!
 
 Charles Walker-   Professor X has NO ground game...therefore, I think Kang will be smart enough to not blow his gas this time but take it to the ground and work over Mr. Pokam.  So I'm going first round submission victory for Kang.

 

Jason MacDonald Vs. Nate Quarry
 
Name: Jason MacDonald
Height: 6' 3" (191 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 22-11-0
Jason MacDonald
"The Athlete"


Name: Nate Quarry
Height: 6' 0" (183 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 16-3-0
Nate Quarry
"Rock"
 
Kelvin Hunt-Jason MacDonald via Submission
 
Charles Walker-    Jason MacDonald by decision.

 

David Loiseau Vs. Ed Herman
 
Name: David Loiseau
Height: 6' 0" (183 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 18-8-0
David Loiseau
"The Crow"


Name: Ed Herman
Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
Weight: 185 (84 kg)
Record: 16-6-0
Ed Herman
"Short Fuse"
 
Kelvin Hunt-I hope Loiseau can get the win here.  He's got better hands and if he comes in shape he can win this fight.  Herman is tough and can take punishment.  Loiseau via Decision
 
Charles Walker-   I like the Crow but this will be a tough one for him.  I'll go with Loiseau by decision though.

 

Mark Bocek Vs. David Bielkheden
 
Name: Mark Bocek
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight: 155 (70 kg)
Record: 6-2-0
Mark Bocek
 


Name: David Bielkheden
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 155 (70 kg)
Record: 13-6-0
David Bielkheden
 
 
Kelvin Hunt-Both are pretty much mirror images of one another.  I'm going with Bielkheden via decision.
 
Charles Walker-     Bocek via 2nd round submission

 

Ryo Chonan Vs. TJ Grant
 
Name: Ryo Chonan
Height: 5' 9" (175 cm)
Weight: 170 (77 kg)
Record: 15-9-0
Ryo Chonan
"Piranha"


Name: TJ Grant
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 170 (77 kg)

Record:

13-2-0
TJ Grant
 
 
Kelvin Hunt-Chonan always goes to decision...this one will be no different
 
Charles Walker-   Chonan via decision

 

Sam Stout Vs. Matt Wiman
 
Name: Sam Stout
Height: 5' 9" (175 cm)
Weight: 155 (70 kg)
Record: 14-5-1
Sam  Stout
"Hands of Stone"


Name: Matt Wiman
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 155 (70 kg)
Record: 10-4-0
Matt Wiman
"Handsome"
 
Kelvin Hunt-Wiman would be smart to take this fight to the ground and submit Stout.  I'm going with Wiman via Sub Rd. 2
 
Charles Walker-   I think Wiman's the overall better fighter, so I'll take him by decision