Life has got me behind this week, so instead of a full breakdown/prediction blog for this fight, I'm going to do some quick picks for UFC on Fox 1. Here we go...
Cain Velasquez vs Junior dos Santos
On paper, Cain should win this fight, but I believe cage rust may play a factor, my quick pick is Junior dos Santos to pull off the upset via 3rd round TKO.
Ben Henderson vs Clay Guida
The odds makers have Bendo as the favorite. For me this fight is so evenly matched that it's hard for me to make a decision. So, my quick pick will be that Clay Guida finally earns his title shot by beating Bendo via unanimous decision.
Dustin Poirier vs Pablo Garza
Another tough call to make, but Pablo Garza has now won his last 2 fights via something flying (flying knee and flying triangle). How can you not pick that. My quick pick is Garza via flying anything in the 2nd round.
Cub Swanson vs Ricardo Lamas
2 tough guys with solid stand up skills. Lots of banging and a quick pick for Ricardo Lamas via 1st round TKO.
Clay Harvison vs DaMaques Johnson
My gut tells me, quick pick for Clay Harvison via 3rd round TKO.
Norifumi Yamamoto vs Darren Uyenoyama
I say Japan is finally getting some wins, quick pick for Norifumi Yamamoto via 1st round TKO.
Mackens Semerzier vs Robert Peralta
This is a big step up in competition for Semerzier. I think this is too much too soon. My quick pick is for Peralta via 1st round TKO.
Alex Caceres vs Cole Escovedo
Another big step up in competition. Alex Caceres doesn't stand a chance in my opinion. My quick pick is Cole Escovedo via 1st round rear naked choke.
Mike Pierce vs Paul Bradley
This is a rematch for them from a battle in 2009. Mike Pierce won the decision that night and I think he'll succeed again. My quick pick is for Mike Pierce via unanimous decision.
Aaron Rosa vs Matt Lucas
My quick pick is another gut instinct, telling me Matt Lucas will win his UFC debut via 2nd round TKO.
There you have it, my UFC on Fox 1 quick picks. Looking forward to seeing UFC history being made on Saturday.