Saturday, November 14, 2009

UFC 105 Picks and Predictions

The UFC is in England today for UFC 105. Fans in the United States can watch the show on tape delay tonight starting at 8pm on SPIKE TV

Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera

I will give the edge to Vera because he is younger and in his prime while Couture is 45 years old. Youth wins this one. Vera is motivated for the fight and trained very hard. Vera will win by unanimous decision over Couture.

Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy

Swick is the favorite to win and I expect him to do just that. If Swick wins tonight, he will be on track to face Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title next year. Swick by TKO in the first round.

Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang

Bisping doesn't want to lose in front of the home crowd. Kang has to win by KO or submission because the judges in England will probably give the fight to Bisping if it goes to a decision. I say it does go to a decision and Bisping wins. It won't matter if Kang picks apart Bisping all three rounds because the judges will most likely still give the fight to the local fighter, Bisping.

James Wilks vs Matt Brown

I like watching Brown fight. He brings it every time and shows a lot of toughness. Wilks was on TUF 9. This will be a competitive fight and I see Brown winning by split decision.

Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley

Riley is a MMA veteran with 39 professional fights (28-11 record). Pearson is 11-3. I'll give the edge to the veteran Riley. Riley by split decision over Pearson.

Paul Taylor vs. John Hathaway

Hathaway is undefeated with a 12-0 record. He is a promising prospect in the welterweight division. Taylor is very scrappy and this is going to be a great fight. Hathaway by rear naked choke in the third round over Taylor.

Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty

Etim is 13-2 and Gugerty is 12-3. Both of these fighters like to use submissions to win. Etim by rear naked choke over Gugerty in the second round.

Nick Osipczak vs. Matthew Riddle

Riddle by TKO over Osipczak in the first round

Paul Kelly vs. Dennis Siver

Kelly by TKO over Siver in the first round

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman

Gustafsson is 8-0 and Hamman is 11-1. This looks like a competitive match on paper. I'll go with Gustafsson by TKO in the first round. Six of his wins have come by knockout.

Andre Winner vs. Rolando Delgado

Winner is more athletic of the two and I will take him to win by split decision.