Thursday, April 12, 2012

UFC on Fuel TV 2 Quick Picks

The spring break for the UFC is finally over and I am looking forward to seeing some fights! Here are my UFC on Fuel TV 2 Quick Picks.

Alexander Gustafsson vs Thiago Silva
I believe ring rust will play a factor for Silva in this fight. He's coming off a year long suspension and facing an up-and-comer in Gustafsson who is not only riding a 4 fight win streak, but is fighting in his home country. I expect Gustafsson to come out strong. My pick is Gustafsson via 2 round TKO.

Brian Stann vs Alessio Sakara
This is a nice rebound fight for Stann who always has trouble with good wrestlers. In this matchup with Sakara he won't have to worry about that. Both men will walk to the center of the octagon and throw bombs until one of them falls down. My pick is that Stann will win this war via 2nd round KO.

Paulo Thiago vs Siyar Bahadurzada
Thiago has already faced a who's who of upper talent in the UFC. Now he gets to welcome newcomer Bahadurzada to the octagon. Bahadurzada likes to rush and throw bombs. Thiago should be well prepared for this barrage with crisp counters. I also believe Thiago will be the dominant force on the ground and will look to take the fight there early. My pick is Thiago via 3rd round submission.

Dennis Siver vs Diego Nunes
Siver is making his first appearance at featherweight. Nunes is a top contender in the featherweight division. Both men possess strong standup skills and I don't believe this fight will go to the ground. Now Siver is the bigger name here but Nunes is slightly favored. I expect this to be a back-and-forth battle going to the end. My pick is that Siver will pull off the minor upset via Split Decision.

DaMarques Johnson vs John Maguire
I think this matchup is a bit harder to pick. You just never know which Johnson will show up. His performances are hit-or-miss. Maguire is still a relative unknown but is riding a 6 fight winning streak heading into this fight. Maguire in his UFC debut showed good cardio in his unanimous decision victory but this is a step up in competition for him. I expect this fight to go everywhere. Both men have good ground games and decent standup. My pick is that Maguire will outwork Johnson and win via unanimous decision.

Brad Pickett vs Damacio Page
Pickett is coming in off of a loss. Page is riding a 2 fight losing streak and is in danger of being cut if he loses a 3rd straight fight. I expect Page who is already known for being a rampaging berserker early in his fights to come out all guns blazing. If Pickett survives the early onslaught, I expect he will break Page down and eventually submit him. My pick is Pickett via 2nd round submission.

Alright, there are my UFC on Fuel TV 2 Quick Picks. Now let's see some fights already!

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