UFC 134 Full Fight Card and Predictions
UFC Rio is here (well technically it’s tomorrow in Rio) and Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is set to defend his MW title for a record setting 9th time! There is no denying Anderson is a beast, he is the OG beast. Yet, his antics, his attitude and his general disdain for the fans keeps me rooting against the G.O.A.T every fight. This one will be no difference, I’m puling for Okami to Chael Sonnen Anderson for 5 rounds, resulting in a victory, do I think that will be the actual outcome? Read my pics to find out. As always, my pics are in Green. Enjoy.
Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
Yushin Okami is the number 1 contender. I hear it, I see it, I just don’t believe it. Sure he’s racked up wins over Nate Marquardt and Mark Munoz. Decision wins. He lost to Chael Sonnen and Rich Franklin. His record doesn’t inspire the kind of confidence I usually need for an Anderson Silva opponent. The only saving grace is his recent stint training with none other than Chael Sonnen. That gives me some pause, however, if anyone thinks Anderson Silva hasn’t filled that hole in his game Chael so ardently pointed out, I’d be real surprised. There is Silva’s growing fame and fortune. Did this cause him to go lax on his training? I wouldn’t think so, but it happens to the best of them. GSP did before Matt Serra Ko’d him, Mike Tyson did before Buster Douglas KO’d him, the list goes on and on. Will Okami be able to exploit any weakness? My gut says no, my bank account pleads for a yes. Sadly, I must go with Anderson Silva by KO, most likely in the first. (I openly hope for Okami to win)
Light Heavyweight bout Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Forrest Griffin is one of my favorites, my favorites list is about 30 fighters long. Forrest is doing some blogging for Yahoo Sports, in those blogs he is very candid about his self assessment. It’s not inspiring from the man who never says quit. Just look at his arm. (Forrest once refused to tap, resulting in a broken arm, he won the fight still. He wanted to win The Ultimate Fighter to pay for the surgery to fix the arm cause it wasn’t set properly). Shogun is looking to prove he is still a top 5 LHW in the world. I expect him to come in motivated. I’m unsure of Forrest’s motivation. So I’m going with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua by decision.
Heavyweight bout: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Big Nog as he is known (also recently as a homophobe) is in the twilight of his career. Coming off of two big KO losses (in his defense, he did have a severely bad staph infection for 1 of those KO’s) meanwhile Brendan Schuab is the heavy favorite, based upon his age and record of 8-1. His lone loss coming at the hands of Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter season finale. Standing 6’4″ he is one of the tallest HW’s in the division. With his age, recent record and Nog’s recent surgeries and declaration that he rushed rehab for this fight, I have to go with Brendan Schaub for the win.
Lightweight bout: Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson
We last say Ross Pearson at UFC 127 where he eeked out a decision win over perennial favorite Spencer Fisher (also on this card). Edson Barboza (who has a name I think every pirate should have) was last seen handing Anthony Njokuani his 5th loss at UFC 128. Barboza is undefeated with all but one win coming by way of T/KO or submission. Pearson has a 12-4 record with notable wins over Aaron Riley and a loss to Cole Miller. Barboza is a prospect the UFC is keeping their eye on, I am as well. With his well rounded game and his aggression, I give him the edge against Pearson, I also feel it is a stop up in competition for Pearson, I give the win to Barboza by submission.
Light Heavyweight bout: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Luis Cane is a UFC mainstay, having 7 UFC bouts on his record, Nedkov is appearing for his first time in the Octagon™. Will he face the Octagon™ jitters? I think he just may, with an 11-0 record (one of those recent wins is over Kevin Randleman…) he is a highly touted prospect. Cane is 11-3-1 with losses to Cyrille Diabate and lil’ Nog. This is a hard bout to call, both fighters don’t have a resume filled with high caliber talent, I expect Nedkov to want to prove he belongs and keep his perfect record. I originally was going to go with Cane, but after careful consideration, I’m now going with Nedkov by decision. Viva Bulgaria!
Preliminary Card (televised in Brazil/Spike TV/Sportsnet) UFC.tv in the UK
Lightweight bout: Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher
Spencer Fisher is always a blast to watch fight, he comes every time. His fights with Sam Stout are some of my all time favorites. Thiago Tavares is coming off of a loss to Shane Roller. As I stated earlier in the post, Fisher is coming off a decision loss to Ross Pearson. Fisher has been up and down for awhile now, as has Tavares. This fight should hold some significance for both fighters, a win for either will put them back into the upper echelon I suspect. With that said, I think Fisher’s Octagon™ experience will be the key to a decision win.
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Dan Miller is the brother of Jim Miller (who was handed a beat down at the hands of Ben Henderson at the last UFC) with a record of 13-5-1. He put up a valiant losing effort against Nate Marquardt at UFC 128. Palhares also has a loss to Marquardt (a TKO) on his record. Both fighters have lost to the upper echelon of the division, meaning this might be a fight to determine a new MW gatekeeper. The winner I suspect steps up in competition, the loser is the new MW gatekeeper for the long list of MW talent pouring into the UFC. I think Dan Miller has the edge here, now concrete reasons, just a feeling. I’m going with Dan Mille by Decision.
Preliminary Card (televised in Brazil/Facebook)
Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
Bantamweight bout: Raphael Assunção vs. Johnny Eduardo
Featherweight bout: Yuri Alcantara vs. Felipe Arantes
Bantamweight bout: Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
Welterweight bout: Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos
Rumble young man Rumble