Whatís up everybody? Iím back here again on MMAforum.com and for my sixth blog I will be discussing UFC 91:Lesnar v.s. Couture. The media hype for this fight has already started as ESPN will be providing complete coverage going into the event and I would be surprised at all if this was the most bought PPV in UFC history. I predicted 4 of 5 fights right for UFC 90 so hopefully I can predict a few fights right for UFC 91. As usual I will be discussing only the main fight card and now letís get to the fights.
Nate Quarry Vs. Demian Maia is a middle weight fight that Iím really looking forward to and in some respects I think it could potentially steal the show. You have to respect Nate Quarry, not only for his skill as a fighter but also because he came back from a possibly career threatening injury. Quarry is known primarily as a striker and I think the key to this fight for him is to use those striking skills to keep this one standing so that the has an advantage over the submission specialist, Demian Maia. Quarry who is 16-2 has twice the experience of Maia, who is 9-0 so Quarry has a few advantages going into the fight. He shouldnít take Maia lightly because Maia is a brazilin ju jit su black belt and has trained with Rickson Gracie. Maia has three wins so far in the UFC with his last win being against Jason McDonald at UFC 87. This is a tough one for me to pick a winner because Iím a fan of Nate Quarry and I think he has a good chance of winning but Maia is a talented fighter and win or loss I think he has a bright future in the UFC. Iíll pick Maia simply because I think he has more momentum going into the fighter because he won just three months ago but even though he won his last fight, Quarry hasnít fought since UFC 83.
Gabriel Gonzaga (9-3) Vs. Josh Hendricks (18-4) will be a heavy weight fight and for some reason I donít expect this one to go all three rounds. Gonzaga is a very well rounded fighter and also is a brazilin ju sit su black belt. He won his last fight at UFC 86 and I would expect him to eventually become a force again in the heavy weight division. Josh Hendricks will make his UFC debut this Saturday but despite his lack of experience in the octagon, he has a chance to make a name for himself in one night if he can defeat Gonzaga. Hendricks is a wrestler and also a practitioner of ju jit su but doesnít seem to have too many striking skills. Iíll predict Gonzaga to get the win because he seems to be the more well rounded and vestal fighter, which gives him for ways to possibly win the fight.
Dustin Hazelett (13-4) Vs. Tamdan McCrery (11-1) is a welter weight bout but for some reason I donít really expect too much from this fight. Hazelett is a submission fighter with a brazilin ju jit su black belt and is also known for being a mobile fighter. He won his last fight this past June and a win here could help him climb the ranks of the welter weight division. McCrory has both striking and ground skills that he can use in this fight. He also won his last fight at UFC 87 and if he wants to become a star in the UFC he needs to get an impressive win in this fight. Iíll pick McCrory to get the win but thatís just a guess because I donít really see any real advantage for either fighter in this fight.
Kenny Florian (12-3) Vs. Joe Stevenson (34-8) is another fight that Iím really looking forward to because in many ways this is a very evenly matched fight. Florian has brutal elbows with his ground and pound game as well as having great ju jit su skills. Stevenson is very similar with he fight game having submission skills but the difference being that he looks to utilize the takedown, which might throw Florian off of his game. This looks like it will be a ground battle and Iíd expect this to be a great fight. Florian is on a five fight win streak and I think he put the light weight division on notice when he defeated Roger Huerta, who is a great fighter in his own right at UFC 87. Steveson also has some momentum going into this fight as he won his last fight at UFC 86. Itís tough to pick a winner because of how evenly matched this fight is but I have to pick Florian to get the victory here because he seems to be emerging from the very good light weight division as the next challenger for the title.
The main event is what could possibly be the biggest fight in UFC history because itís one of those dream fights that has become a reality. I know some fight fans have criticized the UFC for giving the 2-1 Brock Lesnar a title shot so early in his UFC career but they would be dumb NOT to put this fight together because it has money written all over it and will get more main stream coverage for the UFC then itís ever had before. The bottom line is this is a fight people want to see and as I said earlier, I wouldnít be surprised if this is the most bought PPV in UFC history. I have to say that itís great that Randy ďThe NaturalĒ Couture is returning to the UFC to defend the title because after his very public dispute with the UFC I didnít think Couture would return to the company and Couture is one of my favorite fighters so itís great that he is back in the UFC. When I analyze this fight you have to give the obvious experience and skill advantage to Couture but Lesnar has youth and strength on his side. This is almost like a situation from Rocky, which makes sense because in many ways Couture is a real life Rocky. Itís definitely possible that Lesnar could shock the world and defeat the legend but to predict a winner, I will predict that Couture gets the victory. When Lesnar fought Herring at UFC 87, he never tried to use the legs hooks and if he wouldíve he probably could the finished the fight. Lesnarís best chance here is to try to out power Couture but I think Couture has too much skills and will defeat Lesnar.
Thatís about it for this blog and thank you for taking the time to read it. If you have questions or comments you can post it in the thread or e mail me firstname.lastname@example.org