UFC on Fox 4 Full fight card and Predictions
UFC on Fox 4 is hours away, right in our very own backyard. It’s a night filled with underdogs, all of whom we hope win.Like Vera and Bader, then there’s Jamie Varner and the returning Mike Swick (not sure if he’s really considered the underdog) regardless, you get the idea. I’ll keep this short and sweet, my predictions are in green, leave yours in the comments section.
Light Heavyweight bout: Maurício Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Shogun is considered one of the best eva, I’m not so sure I agree, I put him in the same boat as Vitor Belfort, they were great at one point but haven’t really done enough to warrant the title shots and #1 contender fights. Sure Shogun beat Forrest and Machida (twice in my opinion) but Jones destroyed him, he was almost finished by Coleman and lost to Hendo, those aren’t reasons for a title shot. Vera on the other hand is coming off a dismal few fights, he has a couple of ugly wins under his belt now but we haven’t seen the fire from him in sometime. Does he deserve this shot at the title holder? No, but we are still gonna root for him none the less. Vera hasn’t show sighns of being a top competitor for sometime, does he still have it? Many don’t think so. The smart money puts their roll behind Shogun Rua by TKO in the 3rd. I’m gonna stick with the underdog and pick Brandon Vera by Cinderella Story.
Light Heavyweight bout: Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Lyoto Machida is dangerous and we all know this, and he’s the favorite in this fight. Ryan Bader is coming off a big win over Rampage. Despite the big win, Bader is still the underdog. It’s Machida’s elusiveness that makes him so dangerous, Bader’s strength is his wrestling and his physical strength. Many don’t believe he will be able to get Machida down, and in the striking department, he won’t be able to close the gap, instead he will be picked apart by Machida’s counter striking. I believe Bader’s striking has improved and he will have trained to cut off the ring, then there is his superior wrestling. He’s the underdog, that is reason enough, but I fell he will dig deeper then Machida. Ryan Bader by TKO.
Lightweight bout: Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Joe Luazon is the original underdog, he’s come in and ruined many #1 contender/rising stars nights. He is dangerous on the ground, has good hands which he uses to set up his subs and a never quit attitude. He relishes being the man to spit on your birthday cake. Jamie Varner is the OG underdog, just a few fights ago he was talking retirement. He’s come back strong with impressive victories over Drew McFreides and a beautiful KO over Edson Barbosa. Jamie has good wrestling and better striking, it’s a very even fight. Still, the OG underdog is my pick, Jamie Varner by decision.
Welterweight bout: Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
I really like DaMarques Johnson and Mike Swick. This is a fight I don’t want to watch, I don’t want either guy to lose. Yet, a loser and winner there must be. Swick is coming off a huge layoff and injury after injury. DaMarques is coming off a loss. Both have similar skill sets, tho, in his healthy days, Mike Swick was the better striker. We don’t know what the ilness and injuries plus the time off have done to his skill set. DaMarques has been consisten in his performances, winning or losing, he’s solid. I’m gonna have to go with Mike Swick by decision. Damn.
Featherweight bout: Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Nam Phan. Damn this one is hard to pick.
Light Heavyweight bout: Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Wagner Prado. See the below reason.
Featherweight bout: Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
Rani Yahya. Always pick the Brazilian.
Heavyweight bout: Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
Oli Thompson. His name is Oli, enough said.
Featherweight bout: Manvel Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Michihiro Omigawa. Why not?
Flyweight bout: Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
Ulysses Gomez. Never go against a Ulysses (ask Homer why not)