Here we go again, another great UFC card on deck and another chance to predict the outcomes. My last set of picks for UFC 109 Relentless were pretty spot on, minus the upset KO from Matt Serra over Frank Trigg and the Jay Heiron vs Joe Riggs fight.
UFC 110 is full of exciting fighters going toe to toe which make my job tonight a bit tougher. The UFC 110 event in Australia, kicks off 8pm Eastern time and the main card around 10pm. Let’s dive into my picks and predictions for tonight’s event.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez ***** Nogueira by Triangle choke rd2
This is a tough bout to call. I think Velasquez has all the tools to beat Nogueira, but lacks the experience the “Nog” has, especially in headliner fights. Cain has the knockout power but Nogueira is not easy to KO, however I feel that Cain has better standup and if he can keep it on the feet he can pull off an upset. If it goes to the ground, which it likely will since “Nog” has already said he is going to use his Jiu-Jitsu to win this fight – I think that Nogueira will out class Cain on the ground for a submission win.
Michael Bisping vs. Wanderlei Silva ***** Silva by KO rd2
Unlike most people, I am actually a Bisping fan. Bisping is a very well rounded fighter with good standup and decent ground control. But I am a bigger Silva fan, but without my bias getting in the way I have come to this decision. Both have great standup, but I think Silva’s the more dangerous striker. I doubt this fight will spend much time, if any time at all, on the ground. There is a little bit of bad blood between the two and these guys are gunna want to stand and bang. Both have something to prove in this fight so I expect the fight to finish pretty early because they will be throwing caution to the wind. I think rd1 will be exciting with a very short feeling out period and by round 2 Silva will have already gauged his timing and distance and get the KO in rd2.
Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader ***** Bader by TKO rd3
The “Dean of mean” Keith Jardine is still definitely a dangerous fighter, but I feel his prime has passed and it’s time for the new generation of UFC fighter to shine. Ryan Bader is a colossal wrestler and will wear down Jardine in the early rounds by stuffing him on the mat, and keeping him there with some good ol’ ground and pound. I doubt Baders’ standup a little and doubt he will stand with Jardine who has vicious KO power. Bader will look to keep the fight on he ground and get it there early and often. I think Jardines’ ground game will be his weakness in this fight and Bader will score a TKO via ground and pound by rd3.
Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos ***** Stevenson by Guillotine choke rd2
Joe Stevenson is hungry and he is looking to work his way back up the lightweight division. With 2 wins in a row I think Joe will make tonight a 3rd win. He is faster and stronger than George and will use his superior wrestling skills to keep the fight on the mat. Most of Joe’s wins come from submissions and I am guessing he will pull out a Guillotine choke victory tonight.
Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Perosh ***** Cro Cop by KO rd1
Anthony Perosh was the last minute replacement for Cro Cop and he is definitely not ready to beat Cro Cop. I doubt there will be much of a contest here for Mirko and I predict a head kick highlight finish tonight, probably KO of the night. Perosh is a submission specialist but has not really fought anyone of Mirko’s level, and we all know Cro Cop is not an easy person to submit.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski ***** Bonnar by TKO rd3
Stephan Bonnar claims we will tonight see the “American Psycho” of old. I know Bonnar has the skills and the desire to get back to his winning ways and tonight we will see a reinvented Bonnar. I think it will be a back and forth war with these two, making it a very close fight but Bonnar is no stranger to wars in the cage. But in the end I think Bonnar will out box Soszynski and score a TKO in the later moments of the 3rd round.
Brian Foster vs. Chris Lytle
CB Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic
James Te Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac