UFC 114's main event this Saturday is a grudge match between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "Suga" Rashad Evans. I asked some of the top MMA fighters as well as MMA experts and personalities for their predictions on the fight and below are their thoughts and picks.
Paul "Semtex" Daley:
Rampage because he is bigger, stronger, more powerful, and has more experience. I think he has a better chin, and good enough wrestling to keep it standing for the KO in round 1.
Stephen Quadros, "The Fight Professor":
I feel that even though I think he'd be better suited at 185 pounds, Rashad Evans has the edge going into the finale of the "World Smack Talking Championships: Pushing The Envelope" this Saturday, May 29th against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Obviously Rashad shouldn't plant himself right in front of Jackson for too long and he won't. I've had this long standing theory that when fighters do movies and then jump right back in against top level competition, they lose. Will Quinton prove my adage wrong? I'm doubtful. Rashad by decision.
Wow this fight is going to be amazing! Both guys are sooo well rounded and powerful fighters. I think it's going to come down to who will control and set the tempo early in the first round! They both have power and are both mentally tough so it's gonna be about gameplan and who can impose their will! I see Rashad moving and circling a lot and Rampage controlling the center and hunting down Evans. We'll see if Evans takes this to the ground, but I imagine they're both going to be going for the knockout!
Josh "The Punk" Thomson:
I want Rampage to win but I think Rashad is gonna strike and run. Rashad with the win.
Miesha "Takedown" Tate:
I'm gonna say Rashad Evans because I think he's more level headed and he'll put together a good gameplan to beat Rampage.
Mike "Quick" Swick:
I can only say that I predict a good fight! I am excited about this one and feel it's going to end by KO in the 2nd.
I believe it's gonna be a very interesting fight. You have two of the best light heavyweights in the world. I believe Rashad is gonna win with his quickness and wrestling. He has the ability to take Rampage down and Rampage can't do the same. I believe Rashad will win a hard fought decision.
Javier Mendez, owner and head trainer at American Kickboxing Academy: