June 21, 2012

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UFC on FX

By: Junior

With back-to-back 1-4 predictions, I am starting to lose faith in my UFC predicting abilities. I am now 13-22 and the writing may be on the wall that UFC predictions aren’t my strong suit. I will press on with this post and while I don’t like making this stipulation on a card that isn’t PPV, I think it must be done. If I do not have a winning card on this fight, I will be taking a long hiatus from making these predictions. I’m not saying they will be gone forever, but there will be a long hiatus. So with that, here are my predictions for UFC on FX.

Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida

I hope I am still in contention for these picks to continue when the Main Event goes down. Clay Guida and Gray Maynard are almost exactly the same when it comes to strategy in the ring. Guida’s nickname, The Carpenter, is a little more original than Maynard’s (The Bully), so that scores him points in my book. The real reason I am taking Guida? He has a Fathead! How can I argue with that!

You can't pick against a UFC fighter when he has a Fathead!

Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher

Sam Stout is almost strictly a striker and his nickname “Hands of Stone” lends itself to that style. Spencer Fisher has more experience than Stout, but the nickname “The King” is far less original. Fisher is a striker just like Stout, but is better balanced with his submissions. I am sticking to my nickname preference with this pick and picking Hands of Stone to win.

Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Walburger

Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole is a staggering 49-14-1 with 1 no contest. He makes Waldburger seem like a rookie with his 15-6 record. Ebersole is more looking to win via ground and pound and his wrestling background makes him an effective takedown fighter. He needs to be wary of Waldburger’s ability to trap him in a submission, but his experience should help him there. Ebersole needs to perform like the lock he seems to be if I am going to get my winning card. Give me Ebersole in a close one.

Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson

In my time writing these posts, I have picked on 3 things: Nicknames, Striking, and experience. Ross Pearson has the better nickname (The Real Deal), is a more dominant striker, and has fought only one less match. All of that being said, my mind is already made up that Cub Swanson will win this fight. I can’t tell you why, but I can tell you that I am going with Swanson.

Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas

This is where my strategies clash head on. I need to get the most wins I can possibly get on this card and it could come down to this prediction. Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas is a solid nickname, which I normally put a lot of weight in. However, Hioki is taller and also MUCH more experienced. With a 26-4-2 record compared to The Bully’s 11-2, I am going with my gut and taking Hioki for the win.

June 7, 2012

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UFC On FX

By: Junior

My wires must have been crossed last week. I said I needed my UFC 146 picks to be 4-1 last week to get to .500 in my predictions. However, I went 1-4 and am now a lowly 12-18. Maybe I was getting too cocky with the previous winning streak I went on.  have had a bad record before, though, and my UFC predictions will continue with Friday’s UFC on FX.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall

This is the kind of main event I love to write about. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson would seem to be a lock for me to pick with such a great nickname. Unfortunately for him, he has run into Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall. There may not be a better nickname in sports. Add on top of that the handlebar mustache McCall is sporting and I think I have my new favorite UFC fighter. Without looking at any fighting style information, I am taking McCall. Uncle Creepy can’t lose!

Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman

There is a big drop off with my excitement from the main event to this fight. Neither fighter sticks out to me in their descriptions, with Silva having no nickname and Brenneman using “The Spaniard”, which is a little dated. Silva is a pure striker, with dangerous kicking ability. Brenneman will look to bring this fight to the ground and wear out Silva with his wrestling. I am looking for Silva to catch Brenneman with a solid kick and take care of business.

Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer

This fight has regained my interest. Mike “Quicksand” Pyle and Josh “The Dentist” Neer have brought some creativity with their nicknames, although I am confused a little by Neer’s. They are very similar fighters in the ring, with Pyle being a slightly more well-rounded. Neither fighter is afraid to take the fight to the mat, so this fight has equal chances of ending via knockout or submission. Either way, I think The Dentist will be the one celebrating when the fight is over.

Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen

Wineland doesn’t have a nickname, but does has a 3 inch size advantage over Jorgensen. Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen is a well-rounded fighter who can beat you in a myriad of ways. Jorgensen can be aggressive, which could get him in trouble with a dangerous striker like Wineland. Jorgensen could have a hard time getting inside the reach of Wineland, but I like his fighting style and I am taking Young Guns in this fight.

Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

These two guys look like they were born to fight. Pierce is 13-5 and the more experienced fighter. Rocha, while not experienced, is 9-1 in his fights and also 2 inches taller than Pierce. Combine those stats with his “Ta Danado” nickname and he is leading in my book. Pierce is a takedown, ground and pound style of fighter, while Rocha is looking for submissions. I like the brute force Pierce fights with, but I am taking Rocha in this fight.

May 25, 2012

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UFC 146 Predictions

By: Junior

My confidence grows and grows making UFC predictions after another winning card (3-2) brings my overall record to 11-14. I have to keep the momentum going with UFC 146 this Saturday. A 4-1 card could finally get me to .500, but I’m shooting for my first perfect card. With that in mind, here are my UFC 146 card predictions:

Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva should provide a great fight at UFC 146.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir

This is the first fight in a while where I have actually heard of both fighters. Santos has an impressive 14-1 record, but Mir’s 16-5 is respectable as well. These two fighters have very different styles, with Mir looking for submissions, while Santos relies heavily on striking. I normally side with the strikers, but Mir has worked on his striking and could pose a problem with Santos, who I don’t think will be able to prevent the takedowns. I like Mir to take the main event.

Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva

This breakdown was over before it even started. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is far too good of a nickname not to get my selection in this fight. Silva is also the more experienced fighter, bringing a 16-3 record to the octagon. Velasquez has been very successful so far, however, and at 9-1, Bigfoot is no lock. Both of these fighters are well rounded and do a lot of things well. As I said in the beginning of the analysis, I am taking Bigfoot in this one.

Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman

The nicknames keep on coming. “Big Country” couldn’t be a more fitting nickname for Roy Nelson, who looks like he came in from the farm. Nelson is a misfit compared to most UFC fighters, who are incredibly fit guys, like his opponent Herman. Nelson sports his gut with pride and with a 17-7 record, he clearly is doing well for himself. Herman is 21-3 and a great striker, but he never stood a chance against Big Country in my book.

Stipe Miocic vs. Shane Del Rosario

The battle of the unbeatens! Miocic (8-0) and Del Reosario (11-0) will put their perfect records on the line Saturday in what should be an amazing fight. The only downside? No nicknames. If you can get past that aspect, they are two very different fighters. Del Rosario is a well rounded submission fighter, where Miocic is a striker. I am going with the experience and taking Del Rosario for the win.

Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson

Another great undercard fight, these guys also bring the nicknames. Stefan “Skyscarper” Struve is 6’11”, which to me seems like a huge disadvantage if you are taking on a takedowns fighter. Luckily for him, he isn’t. Lavar “Big” Johnson is a pure striker with very quick feet and knees. Interestingly enough, it is Struve who is the submissions fighter, and I just can’t wrap my head around how he fights. Big got me a win last card, so I will go with him again this time.

May 4, 2012

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Sports Viewing Schedule

By: Junior

NHL Playoffs. NBA Playoffs. The Kentucky Derby. NASCAR at Talladega. UFC on Fox. This weekend is packed with amazing sporting events, so amazing that some of the events above didn’t even make this week’s viewing schedule. With a weekend as action packed as this one, I thought I would break down the must-see events this weekend.  (All times ET.)

Sunday’s race at Talladega is only one of many great events going on this weekend.

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Friday

Phoenix at Nashville –  NHL – 7:30pm

There is so much surrounding this playoff game. Nashville has to decide if they want to play Radulov and Kostitsyn after suspending them for the last game. With Phoenix up 2-1, the Predators may need to pull out all the stops if they want to bring this series back to Nashville.

Saturday

New York Rangers at Washington – NHL – 12:30pm

After a triple-overtime thriller in the last game, I don’t see how this doesn’t make the list. Washington is reeling after falling late in the third overtime, and a loss in this game could all but end the series. The Rangers will look to win one more on the road before trying to end the series in New York, but as the last game proved, Washington isn’t going down without a fight.

Memphis at Los Angeles Clippers – NBA – 4:30pm

With many teams already down 2-0 or 3-0, a series tied at 1-1 seems refreshing at this point. Heading into the playoffs, the Grizzlies managed to get home-court in the first round, which could factor in later in the series. For now, enjoy a series where both games have been decided by a combined 8 points, with another close game sure to follow.

The Kentucky Derby – Horse Racing – 6:00pm

Whether you are an avid horse racing fan (is anyone anymore?) or not, the Kentucky Derby is a must watch event every single year. The first leg of the Triple Crown, we find out which horse America will fall in love with this year, at least until The Preakness Stakes.

Mayweather vs. Cotto – Boxing – 9pm

Everyone wants to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao,and until then every fight seems a little less special. Unlike previous fights, however, this fight could have some real fireworks. Cotto is no pushover and could legitimately challenge Mayweather during this fight. I still think Mayweather will win, but this is a fight worth ordering.

Sunday

NASCAR at Talladega – 1:00pm

There is a reason Will Ferrell named his movie “Talladega Nights”. Talladega is right up there with the Daytona 500 and when it comes on, you have to watch. The Sprint Cup standings are incredibly tight, as the top 4 drivers are separated by 10 points. This early in the season, drives will be taking chances in the hopes of finding their way to victory lane at Talladega.  

Atlanta at Boston – NBA – 7:00pm

Another playoff series tied 1-1, the Celtics won Game 2 without star PG Rajon Rondo. The Celtics get Rondo back in Game 3, as well as home court for the next two games. This game is a pivotal point in the series and Atlanta will be playing with urgency to get back home court. After a long sports weekend, this will be a great game to wrap it all up.

May 2, 2012

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UFC on Fox

By: Junior

After starting out with a miserable record in picking UFC fights, I went 4-1 in my last picks and am 8-12 to date. That means I can get my record above .500 for the first time since I started writing UFC predictions with a perfect card this time. So with UFC on Fox happening this Saturday, I have to take a shot.

With his win over "Rampage" Jackson, Jon Jones got me closer to a winning record.

Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller

This is a tricky fight to pick. Miller has a great record (21-3), but is 2 inches shorter than his opponent and his reach is 5 inches shorter. That could be dangerous against a boxer like Diaz. Miller wants to make this a ground fight, but will he be able to get takedowns without taking significant shots? I have a lot of questions about it, but I think Miller finds a way to catch Diaz off guard and get the submission.

Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks

Let the nickname fun begin! Josh “Kos” Koscheck’s nickname isn’t quite as catchy as Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks. Add to that Bigg Rigg’s record of 12-1, and Kos isn’t stacking up in my book. The fighting styles are nearly identical and both will try to score multiple takedowns. I like Bigg Rigg to bring home another win at the end of this fight.

Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher

Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares is a very difficult name to pronounce. Alan “The Talent” Belcher makes me think of an old school WWE heel. The Talent is 4 inches taller than his opponent, but it only give him 4 inches more on his reach. Look for him to use that to his advantage as a striker, keeping Toquinho at bay as he tries to get takedowns. The Talent needs to keep this fight off the mat, or it could get ugly. You knew I wasn’t going to pick against a guy with a nickname like The Talent, right?

Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson

Lavar “Big” Johnson brings much more experience to the octagon with a 16-5 record. Pat “HD” Barry is only 7-4 and at 5’11” gives up a lot of height to his opponent. This is my kind of fight, as both fighters have one thing on their mind: standing and throwing. Both fighters are powerful strikers who are looking for a knockout blow. Big has dangerous feet and knees, and I think he will add to his already impressive resume.

Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson gets a big push in my book for the nickname “The Menace”, while Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson is just ok. Both bring pretty solid records to the ring, with El Cucuy (14-2) having a slight edge on The Menace (11-6). This should be another fight where both guys look to make it more of a boxing match. Both can wrestle if the situation calls for it, but I think they would prefer to stay on their feet. I am taking Feguson and his record, even though I hate to go against The Menace.