Wednesday, October 26, 2011

UFC 137 Prelim Predictions

Here are my UFC 137 Prelim Predictions.



Dennis Siver vs Donald Cerrone

What a great matchup. This fight will propel the winner into the top 10 and some bigger fights. Siver is riding a 4 fight win streak and Cerrone has quietly strung together a 5 fight win streak. I think this will be a tough fight for both men. Cerrone has an good ground game but I'm not sure he will be able to keep Siver down if he gets him there. On the feet, Siver is a great striker and should be able to nullify Cerrone's reach advantage. I expect this fight to be fought primarily on the feet and I expect this to be a close fight.

My prediction is Cerrone by split decision.

Tyson Griffin vs Bart Palaszewski

Palaszewski is a well rounded fighter that made his name in the WEC. Bart hasn't fought since losing his last fight in the WEC back in December of last year. Griffin has found some new life dropping to featherweight after he lost 3 straight fights at lightweight. In his first fight at featherweight back in June, he won a majority decision against Manny Gamburyan. Both men are good fighters with well rounded skills. But I think this fight will be primarily a standup fight. Palaszewski tends to lose when he fights better competition. Along with the 10 month layoff and making his UFC debut, I think this doesn't bode will for Palaszewski.

My prediction is Griffin by unanimous decision.

Brandon Vera vs Eliot Marshall

Striker versus grappler matchup. Vera will want to keep this fight on the feet to utilize his muay thai while Marshall will look to get this fight grounded. Now Vera is getting this fight after his last loss against Thaigo Silva was ruled a no contest due to failing his drug test after the fight. Vera had been cut by the UFC after his 3rd straight loss, so I expect him to come out guns blazing for this opportunity to stay in the UFC.

Marshall on the other side, finally made it back to the UFC after 3 fights outside the UFC in 2010. In his first fight back, he lost via TKI to Luiz Cane. I believe Vera's striking is better than Cane's so I expect Marshall to do anything he can to get Vera to the ground.

My prediction is Vera finds the win column finally with a unanimous decision.

Ramsey Nijem vs Daniel Downes

Ramsey the Ultimate Fighter13 finalist who last saw action in the finale getting knocked out by Tony Ferguson. In Downes, Ramsey will face another heavy handed striker. Both men are very well rounded considering the limited experience both men have. However, I believe the experience edge goes to Downes who has 4 more fights and has fought tougher competition.

My prediction is Downes will win via 2nd round TKO.

Chris Camozzi vs Francis Carmont

Camozzi will welcome Carmont to the UFC. Carmont is riding a 5 fight win streak into his UFC debut. Camozzi is 6-2 in his last 8 fights while fighting increasing competition. Both men are well rounded and I expect this fight to be fought everywhere possible. However, Carmont is making his UFC debut, fighting a UFC veteran, and this is his first trip to the US, I expect his nerves to be rattled.

My prediction is that the fight is will be tightly contested by Camozzi will find a way to earn the unanimous decision.

Dustin Jacoby vs Clifford Starks

2 men making their UFC debuts. Jacoby is 6-0 and Starks is 7-0. Jacoby almost went from pro-debut to UFC pay-per-view main card. But when Brad Tavares got injured he got dropped back to the under card. This is a good matchup of 2 good prospects. Both men have some ground game, but both men have the majority of their victories standing up. So I expect these 2 to bang. Jacoby is a killer having finished every opponent he has faced, 5 by TKO and 1 via submission. Starks has finished 4 of his 7 opponents. I don't expect this fight to see the judges.

My prediction is that Jacoby keeps his killer ways going and TKO's Starks in the 1st round.

These are my UFC 137 Prelim Predictions. Check out my UFC 137 Main Card Predictions here.

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