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UFC 186 Johnson vs Horiguchi – Fight Picks

Tonight is UFC 186. I know I haven’t posted anything in a while. To be completely honest, I’ve been procrastinating, I have a ton of articles that are half written but I haven’t posted anything and it’s become a bad habit.

Since there’s a UFC Pay Per View tonight, I figured I would post my fight picks to at least get back in the habit of writing articles for the site.

Anyways, here are my picks for the fights tonight (winners are in bold):

Pay Per View Main Card (10:00PM EST)

(125lbs) #1 Demetrious Johnson vs #8 Kyoji Horiguchi

(215lbs) #9 Rampage Jackson vs #14 Fabio Maldonado

(185lbs) #10 Michael Bisping vs #12 CB Dollaway

(160lbs) John Makdessi vs Shane Campbell

(135lbs) #19 Yves Jabouin vs #25 Thomas Almeida

Fox Sports 1 Prelims (8:00PM EST)

(170lbs) Patrick Cote vs Joe Riggs

(W135lbs) #3 Sarah Kaufman vs #6 Alexis Davis

(155lbs) Chad Laprise vs Bryan Barberena

(155lbs) Oliver Aubin-Mercier vs David Michaud

Fight Pass Prelims (6:30PM EST)

(170lbs) Nordine Taleb vs Chris Clements

(W115lbs) #26 Jessica Rakoczy vs #23 Valerie Letourneau

(W115lbs) #7 Randa Markos vs #20 Aisling Daly

This isn’t really the UFC’s best PPV card, but it should still be a fun night of fights. It’s always a pleasure to watch a master like #1 Demetrious Johnson at work, plus it’s exciting to see #9 Rampage Jackson back in the UFC in a fight that is guaranteed to be a war. I don’t know how accurate my fight picks will be, but I’m looking forward to tonight anyways hahaha.

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UFC 185 Pettis vs Dos Anjos – Fight Picks

The prelims just started so this is very very late, but better late than never hahaha.

UFC 185 is what I like to call a stacked card. 2 title fights, and plenty of top ranked fighters, I can’t wait.

Here are my fight picks for UFC 185: Pettis vs Dos Anjos (winners in bold):

(155lbs) #1 Anthony Pettis vs #3 Rafael Dos Anjos

(W115lbs) #1 Carla Esparza vs #2 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

(170lbs) #2 Johny Hendricks vs #7 Matt Brown

(265lbs) #10 Alistair Overeem vs #12 Roy Nelson

(125lbs) #12 Chris Cariaso vs Henry Cejudo

Let’s see how many I get right this time.

UFC 183 Silva vs Diaz – Fight Picks

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This is a little late, but better late than never.

UFC 183 marks the return of the legendary #1 Anderson Silva , who’s facing the notorious Nick Diaz tonight at 10 o’clock EST.

These are my fight picks for tonight event (winners in bold):

Main Card

(185lbs) #1 Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz

(170lbs) – #4 Tyron Woodley vs #8 Kelvin Gastelum

(155lbs) – #20 Joe Lauzon vs #16 Al Iaquinta

(185lbs) – #11 Thales Leites vs #16 Tim Boetch

(170lbs) – #14 Jordan Mein vs #15 Thiago Alves

Preliminary Card

(W 135lbs) – #5 Miesha Tate vs #4 Sara McMann

(185lbs) – #25 Ed Herman vs #17 Derek Brunson

(125lbs) – #4 Ian McCall vs #9 John Lineker

(185lbs) – Rafael Natal vs Tom Watson

How to Watch:

Tonight’s prelim fights start at 8PM EST on Fox Sports 1

Tonight’s Main fights start at 10PM EST only on Pay Per View.

UFC on Fox 14: Gustafsson vs Johnson – January 24th on FOX

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Main Event:

#2 Alexander Gustafsson (16-2)                          vs.                        #5 Anthony Johnson (18-4)

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Age:                            28                                                                                    30

Height:                    6ft 5in                                                                              6ft 2in

Weight:                   205lbs                                                                             205lbs

Reach:                     79in                                                                                 78in

UFC Record:     8-2 (6 finishes)                                                                9-4 (7 finishes)

#2 Alexander Gustafsson is without a doubt the 2nd best 205lb fighter in the world. In UFC165 he gave Jon Jones the most difficult fight of his career, it was unmistakeably the fight of the year and most people were split on who had won the battle. The judges gave the decision to #1 Jon Jones who has since then defended his belt 2 more times. Gustafsson on the other hand has only beat #14 Jimi Manuwa since his loss to Jones. He has been patiently waiting for a rematch against the champ and was even scheduled to fight him at UFC178 but Gustafsson got injured and was replaced by #3 Daniel Cormier. Now Gustafsson must defeat the beast that is Anthony Johnson in order to earn another title shot.

#5 Anthony Johnson has had an up and down career in the UFC. He used to fight at 170lbs and was accustomed to cutting ridiculous amounts of weight. He was always known as a talented fighter with serious power, but he had consistency issues, especially with making weight. In 2012 after a failed attempt to make weight at 185lbs, coupled with a loss to #5(MW) Vitor Belfort Johnson was released by the UFC. After his release from the organization, Johnson decided to move up to 205lbs and went on an absolute tear picking up 6 wins in a row and 4 KO’s (including a win at heavyweight over former UFC HW champion #8 Andrei Arlovski). The UFC re-signed Anthony Johnson in 2014 and he’s quickly established himself as a legitimate title contender with frightening knockout power. He dominated #6 Phil Davis in his first fight back in the UFC and he scored a vicious KO over #13 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (For a GIF of the KO click HERE). Now in his 2nd stint in the UFC Johnson seems to have finally fulfilled his potential and is 1 win away from a title shot at 205lbs.

Main Card (My picks in Bold):

205lbs: #2 Alexander Gustafsson (16-2)      vs.       #5 Anthony Johnson (18-4)

185lbs: #7 Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2)       vs.     #11(LHW) Dan Henderson (30-12)

205lbs: #6 Phil Davis (13-2-1)        vs.        #8 Ryan Bader (18-4)

145lbs: Akira Corassani (12-5-1)       vs.       Sam Sicilia (13-5)

FULL FIGHT CARD

Fight I’m Most Looking Forward To:

#2 Alexander Gustafsson vs. #5 Anthony Johnson  – This is easily the most important and interesting fight of the evening. This fight will decide who the next man to face Jon Jones will be.This is a showcase of 2 of the best fighters in the world fighting each other in their prime. Both men prefer to strike which should lead to a stand-up battle. Gustafsson is known for his great footwork and striking at range while Johnson is known for his scary KO power and strike versatility. I just can’t see how this ends up a boring fight, plus the title implications make it that much more exciting.

Fighter Most Likely to Win:

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#7 Gegard Mousasi – This might be a surprise pick to some since he is facing an MMA legend in #11(LHW) Dan Henderson, but I really see Mousasi winning this fight with ease. Dan Henderson has only won 1 fight in the last 3 years (a fight he was loosing up until the KO by the way). Henderson hasn’t fought at 185lbs since 2010 and hasn’t had a win in the division since his legendary KO of #10 Michael Bisping @UFC100 back in 2009. Dan Henderson is 44 years old, and he isn’t allowed to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) anymore, which hurt his chances even more. Simply put Dan Henderson is past his prime and just doesn’t have what it takes to beat elite competition anymore. Unfortunately for Henderson that’s just what Mousasi is, elite. Gegar Mousasi is a very underrated fighter with a very impressive record. He only has 2 losses in the UFC, and they are against elite fighters in #3 Jacare Souza & #4 Lyoto Machida. Mousasi is a special talent and he’s still only 29 years old. He might never have what it takes to become a champion in the UFC but he’s definitely one of the best fighters in MMA. I just don’t think Henderson has anything to threaten Mousasi with except maybe a lucky punch.

Most Underrated Fight:

#22 Neil Seery vs Chris BealThe first fight of the night should be an exciting one. These two flyweights (125lbs) are sure to put up a great fight. The Irishman Seery is 1-1 in the UFC and has yet to be in a boring fight. Chris Beal is a former Team Rousey member from the Ultimate Fighter Season 18. He didn’t win the show, but he has been undefeated so far in the UFC. Beal had arguably the greatest KO of the year in 2014 when he landed a sweet flying knee against Patrick WIlliams and knocked him out cold (For a GIF of the KO click HERE). The lower weight fighters are always more active and put on more exciting fights so I see no reason why this fight should be the exception.

How to Watch:

Saturday, January 24th

The first fights of the night will start at 4:15PM EST and can be seen on UFC Fight Pass.

The Televised preliminary fights will start at 5:00PM EST and can be seen on Fox Sports 1.

The Main Card starts at 8:00PM EST and can be seen on FOX.

UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Siver – January 18th on Fox Sports 1

UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Siver

Main Event:

#6 Conor McGregor (16-2)

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Age: 26

Height: 5ft 9in

Weight: 145lbs

Reach: 74in

UFC Record: 4-0 (3 finishes)

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#11 Dennis Siver (22-9)

Age: 35

Height: 5ft 7in

Weight: 145lbs

Reach: 70in

UFC Record: 11-6-1 (5 finishes)

Main Card:

145lbs: #6 Conor McGregor vs #11 Dennis Siver

155lbs: #4 Donald Cerrone vs #5 Benson Henderson

185lbs: #23 Urija Hall vs Louis Taylor

155lbs: #21 Gleison Tibau vs #30 Norman Parke

Full Fight Card

Fight I’m Most Looking Forward To#4 Donad Cerrone vs #5 Benson Henderson – This is a short notice fight for Cowboy who fought just 3 days ago, be if anyone is up for the challenge its him. This is the 3rd time these two men fight each other, Benson Henderson won the first two times, but both fighters have change a lot since then. I can’t wait to see who wins this one.

Fighter Most Likely to WinConor McGregor – Let’s be honest we’re all hoping he wins so he can fight #1 Jose Aldo for the belt this year.

Most Underrated FightJohn Howard vs Lorenz Larkin – These two strikers are likely to put on a good show seeing as how their UFC jobs might be on the line.