2013 Predictions for each weight class
I didn't see any thread except for the contest thread to make general predictions. So I hope it's OK that I started this one.
Predictions for the divisions.
Reem blast Bigfoot early and brutally. Reem is next up for Cain, he has Cain in all kinds of trouble early but Cain manages to survive and finish the fight via GnP in the 3rd.
JDS will go 2-0 with one of those wins being over Werdum to earn a rubber match vs Cain.
Bones next fight will be either Machida/Hendo winner or DC. I don't think Chael actually fights Bones(injury during show). I think Bones loses in 2013, I'm going to say DC could be the man to do it. I think Glover will earn a shot in 2013.
Vitor blast Bisping, maybe they setup Vitor vs Weidman and the winner gets Andy. Either guy I think would put up a great fight vs Anderson. I think both guys threaten to finish the fight but Anderson manages to stay alive and finish the fight. After which he finally seriously talks retirement. Could be the last year we see Spider in action.
I think this is the year GSP goes down. I think he was extremely rusty last fight. I think he probably still gets by Nick but I think Hendricks could be the man to end his run. Even if that happens I fully expect GSP to get the title back.
Pettis destroys Cowboy but Gil gets the shot before Pettis. I'm actually leaning Bendo today with that fight, but could change tomorrow. Pettis vs Bendo 2 will be a FOTY candidate with Bendo winning a SD.
Aldo and Edgar goes back and forth. I think Aldo pulls it off but I think it's close enough that people will want Aldo to stay at FW for the rematch. But I could also see Edgar vs Mendes late in 2013 for the FW title with Aldo moving up to LW.
Cruz fights around the beginning of fall maybe later. I think Barao might edge out Mayday but that's a hell of a fight. I think Wineland puts up a great fight but loses to whoever the Champ is. I predict Cruz loses to the new Champ when he does return and sets up yet another Faber fight.
Creepy beats Joe. Formiga bounces back strong. I see Mouse beating Dodson and fighting Creepy for the 3rd time later in the year. Creepy wins the belt Formiga earns a shot and we get that rematch in about a year.
Ronda wins her 1st UFC fight in a route. I think the UFC will take their time with her and the division since Ronda is still young. Not sure who will be next for Ronda but I'm sure it will also be favorable. However I think toward the end of the year the UFC will start to promote the fight they want. Undefeated Olympians squaring off. Judo vs Wrestling. Sara McMann vs Ronda Rousey. Might not happen until next years Super Bowl but it will happen.
Got to be the most 'I think's in a single post, ever. :thumb02:
Demetrious Johnson wins against Dodson. Benavidez earns a second shot by beating McCall ( I want McCall to win though :( ), and loses again to DJ by unanimous decision this time. Cariaso earns a title shot.
Barao wins an impressive unanimous decision against Michael McDonald. Fights Eddie Wineland somewhere in mid-2013, winning again by stoppage. Cruz finally heals up and is ready to fight, probably end of 2013 or early 2014. Raphael Assuncao gets a title shot next.
Unsure about Aldo vs Edgar. I don't want either fighter to lose, but if I had to choose one to win...Aldo :thumb02: Hopefully Aldo wins by unanimous decision in a fight in which Edgar looks amazing as well. Then Aldo decides to move up to lightweight since the weight cut is clearly affecting his performance. Edgar fights the winner of Lamas - Koch in mid 2013 for the vacant featherweight belt. The winner of Swanson - Siver fights the winner of Guida-Hioki for the title shot.
EDIT: Can't believe I forgot about the Korean Zombie!
Not gonna try predicting Pettis vs Cerrone. If Pettis wins, he gets the title shot. If Cerrone wins, Melendez gets the title shot first while Cerrone takes another fight, which hopefully is against Jose Aldo. :praise01: :praise01: :praise01: Winner of that fight gets a shot at the title late 2013. Rafael Dos Anjos makes a clear statement that he is top 5 by the end of the year. Maynard is close to a title shot as well.
GSP destroys Nick Diaz which gets people calling for a fight against Anderson Silva...AGAIN. Hendricks gets the next title shot after winning a split decision against Ellenberger. GSP fights Hendricks near the end of 2013, which GSP wins by unanimous decision though he gets hurt badly a couple times in the fight. Not fighting again this year. Rory MacDonald squeaks by Condit, and fights the winner of Maia-Fitch. After winning again, there will be clear calls for him to fight GSP, in which he flat out refuses. Marquardt wins his first fight in the UFC and earns a title shot against GSP. Agrees to the fight even though they are teammates ( well, not really ).
Bisping wins a decision over Belfort and fights Anderson Silva mid 2013. Anderson Silva wins by 1st round knockout. Philippou fights the winner of Stann after Stann wins against Silva. Stann wins and Philippou is pushed back down the ladder. Weidman fights Lombard for the next title shot. ( MAN WHAT A FIGHT IT WOULD BE :praise01: ). Not going to predict that one! Rockhold wins his first two fights in the UFC and gets the title shot after the winner of Weidman-Lombard.
Jon Jones dominates Sonnen. Winner of Machida-Hendo gets the next shot. Machida wins, but gets injured in camp and Gustafsson is called in to replace him. Jones completely destroys Gustafsson. Next title fight would be Jones-Machida either on the NYE card or in early 2014. Teixeira stumbles in 2013 and loses his title contender status. Bader, Davis, Magalhaes and Manuwa will have a pretty decent year. Mousasi comes in and is expected to make a splash, but comes up short against a strong wrestler.
Overeem knocks out Bigfoot easily and fights Cain mid 2013. Cain wins by unanimous decision, though not as impressive as the victory over JDS. Werdum wins against Big Nog and takes another fight. JDS knocks out his next opponent and asks for a rubber match, which Cain agrees to. They fight at the end of the year. ( Not gonna predict that one... ) Cormier wins against Mir and moves down to LHW. Struve will get knocked out sometime in the year.
LOL yeah I typed it a few days ago and it was kind of late and I was a little under the influence of a special herb :thumb02:
Thank you for responding! I was about to take my ball and go home since no one wanted to play with me.
EDIT: I removed 50 of the "I thinks". Hope it helps lol
Yo OUSOONEROU, got any of that special herb for me? Been a few days. I can send my carrier bat. Yeah not pigeon, bat.
I may or may not have more herb...officer. You'll never catch me alive!
Cain defends his title against Overeem and Werdum by years end. JDS is top contender agin by years end.
Jones remains champ, Chael takes him 5 rounds but can't get it done. Jones fights two more times obliterating the winner of Machida/Hendo and Gutaf.
Silva remains champ, Weidman has his moments but doesn't come close to winning and the fight is another of Anderson's "bored" fights.. Anderson only defends his belt once this year.
GSP destroys Diaz, GSP then beats Ellenberger who upsets Hendricks. Diaz doesn't fight again this year after being humiliated and finished.
LW Bendo beats Melendez than Pettis with Gray Maynard looking to be his biggest threat as the top contender at years end.
FW- Edgar beats Aldo who then looks to rebound against a surging Clay Guida who beats him to earn his title opportunity that has evaded him forever. Guida/Edgar face of at years end in a FOTY lock that is far more competitive than anyone expects.
BW Barao continues surging and eventually becomes BW champ when he looks like Cruz wont be back this year.
FLW Mighty Mouse continues to look unbeatable and get better with every bout.
Alistair Overeem destroys Bigfoot Silva setting up a fight with Cain Velasquez in July, while the build up to Velasquez/Overeem takes place Junior dos Santos is booked to fight Josh Barnett on the Memorial Day weekend show, Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir fight on FOX with Junior and Cormier emerging victorious while Fabricio Werdum retires Minotauro Nogueria. Cormier drops to LHW, while Junior fights Roy Nelson again who also claims victory on the Memorial Day weekend card over Gabriel Gonzaga. Velasquez defeats Overeem and fights Werdum in Mexico setting up Velasquez/dos Santos III in 2014.
Glover and Rampage fight on FOX with Glover mauling him, a couple of weeks later Machida and Henderson fight with Machida winning. Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen do fight with Jones defeating Sonnen setting up Jones/Gus in August. Machida and Shogun meet for a final time in Brazil with Machida winning a decision again. Meanwhile Glover fights Rashad Evans on Fourth of July weekend and loses. Jon Jones leaves the Light Heavyweight division at the end of the year after defeating Gus in August. A couple of weeks after the belt is vacated the UFC books Machida vs. Evans II on FOX in 2014.
Vitor Belfort knocks out Michael Bisping in the first round, eliminating him from title contention, Luke Rockhold vs. Hector Lombard is then booked for the 4/20 FOX card in San Jose with Rockhold winning a decision. Jacare meanwhile enters the UFC and destroys Costa Phillipou while Yushin Okami defeats Vitor Belfort in the summer. Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman fight in the summer with Weidman winning a controversial decision. MMA is legalized in New York and Weidman vs. Silva headlines with Weidman choking Silva unconcious in the Garden. Chris Weidman's second title defense comes against Jacare in early 2014.
Georges St. Pierre destroys Nick Diaz setting up his next title defense in September in Toronto, Jake Ellenberger however knocks Johny Hendricks out early in the first and Carlos Condit defeats Rory MacDonald by split decision. GSP vs. Nate Marquardt is booked in September while Jon Fitch vs. Carlos Condit is booked in the summer, Jake Ellenberger/Josh Koscheck is also booked, meanwhile Thiago Alves returns and destroys Siyar Bahadurzada in Brazil.
Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone engage in a three round FOTY candidate with Pettis winning while Eddie Alvarez signs with the UFC and fights Jim Miller, Alvarez wins a close split decision. Ben Henderson and Gilbert Melendez meet on FOX in San Jose where Ben Henderson wins. Henderson and Pettis then meet later in the year in Phoenix once again, Pettis defeats him with a UD of 48-47 across the board.
Frankie Edgar defeats Jose Aldo by a controversial split decision, the two rematch in the summer where Edgar wins a dominant UD, Aldo moves up to Lightweight and Edgar meets the Korean Zombie later in the year.
Renan Barao defeats Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland, Dominick Cruz returns for the final card of the year and he and Barao fight with Cruz looking better than ever and winning FOTY, Comeback of the Year, and becomes the Undisputed BW Champ. Cruz fights Faber in 2014 for a third and final time.
John Dodson defeats Demetrious Johnson by KO and fights John Moroga on FX, Joseph Benavidez KO's Ian McCall and Dodson and Benavidez meet late in the year.
Ronda Rousey defeats Liz Carmouche by armbar, Cyborg is signed and Rousey/Cyborg happens in the Summer. Cyborg defeats Rousey but is busted for a diuretic. Cyborg is cut and Rousey fights Sara McMann for the vacant title but loses to McMann and leaves the sport.
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