Thought I'd throw out my picks for the UFC 142 Main Card.
Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
No if anyone has the wrestling to slow Aldo down and make this a grinding fight, Chad Mendes is the man. I truly believe the only way to beat Aldo is to eliminate his ability to pick you apart on the feet. But, until Aldo gets beaten, I can't pick against him. My quick pick is Jose Aldo via 3 round TKO.
Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
Belfort is listed as a slight favorite going into this fight. But I see Belfort as a one trick pony, he will rush with a flurry of punches and try to finish the fight. Johnson is more than capable on the feet and has a wrestling background that I believe can slow Belfort down. My pick is Johnson will pull of the slight upset via unanimous decision.
Ricardo Funch vs Mike Pyle
Funch in my opinion is overmatched against the veteran in Pyle. Pyle will make this a grinding battle and keep Funch grounded. My pick is Pyle by unanimous decision.
Thiago Tavares vs Sam Stout
I believe this fight will turn into a slugfest. Tavares hasn't been real consistent of late going 3-3-1 over his last 7 fights. But I believe he can pull off the victory over Stout due mainly to the fact that Team Tompkins fighters haven't done well since the sudden and unexpected death of coach Shawn Tompkins. My pick is Tavares by 2nd round TKO.
Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim
This will be a big tests for the undefeated Barboza. Etim is a veteran who has fought better competition and is a very well rounded fighter. Vegas has Barboza favored in this fight but I disagree. My pick is that, Brazilians will be sad when Etim pulls off the upset and gives Barboza his first career loss.
So there are my UFC 142 Quick Picks.