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UFC 161 Predictions: The Main Card

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

By Benjamin Bieker

Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
If Jordan wants to win this fight he will need to go to the ground, but even there it will be harder to beat Barry since he has rededicated himself to BJJ since joining the Grudge Training Center. Plus, the addition of his girlfriend to his fight team seems to have a more focused Pat Barry who found a killer instinct in his last fight. The problem in this fight is he is good friends with Shawn Jordan which hopefully will not take that killer instinct away. Barry has never won two straight in the UFC, but lets go against the grain and say he gets it done today with a second round TKO.

Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
These are very similar fighters in the aspect that they both have 13 wins with two knockouts, seven submissions, and four decision wins. They also have two knockout losses as well, but Davis has three decision losses as well. The problem for Sexton is she seems to have lost her finishing rate in her last few fights since they were won by decision, but Davis is different having finishes in her last three wins. Plus, Davis is just a more complete grappler which will play in her favor when the fight hits the ground. Look for Davis’s streak to continue as she earns a submission in the second round.

Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Ryan Jimmo says that he regrets taking his fight with James Te-Huna since he was injured at the time, but he probably gained just as many fans with that gritty fight as he did with the seven second knockout of Anthony Perosh. It was still a close fight with Jimmo almost knocking out Te-Huna in the first but lost due to the ground game. He will not have to worry about the ground game when it comes to Pokrajac since he would rather stand. The problem is that if Pokrajac can lose striking to Joey Beltran than Jimmo should have no problem. Jimmo takes an entertaining three round battle against the Croatian fighter.

Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
Sometimes fighters can lose a fight for many different reasons, and one of those reasons can be that they have their mind on too much other stuff. Having not signed a new contract, his bargaining power depends on a win, and talking about title shots Nelson may have too much on his plate. Miocic is coming off his first loss, but that can sometimes spur a fighter to jump to a whole new level. That is what will happen here. Miocic will use his height advantage, reach advantage, and leg kicks to keep the power of Nelson at bay. While he will not knock out the TUF winner, he will earn a close decision victory.

Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
This fight depends upon the type of fighters that turn up to actually fight. If the Evans that fought Lil Nog shows up then it will be very boring and will depend on if Henderson can connect. If the heat throwing Henderson shows up he may be able to chase down or draw Evans into a fight no matter what. Even though Henderson is quite a few years older, he will win this fight just based on his desire to still be in the cage. That will be the big difference and will allow Henderson to be the second person ever to knockout Rashad Evans.

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