By Benjamin Bieker
James Head vs. Jason High
Both of these fighters are pretty even with good wrestling, decent Jiu Jitsu, and a bit of power in their hands. The problem with High is that he seems to have a weak chin, but Head outside of the Pyle fight has shown a great chin. Head also has a very volatile and fast style which will lead him to a second round TKO.
Darren Elkins vs. Hatsu Hioki
Elkins has the wrestling to control most fighters, and that has been the bane of Hioki’s existence within the Octagon since Guida and Lamas beat him that way. Elkins has only been in trouble when facing dynamic grapplers and fighters with heavy hands. While Hioki does have great grappling he has not been able to use it on heavy wrestlers, and that is why Elkins will win a decision victory.
Dylan Andrews vs. Papy Abedi
Andrews weakness is his grappling since three out of his four losses are by submission, and the same goes for Abedi since both of his losses are by submission. The difference in this fight will be the grappling. Both have decent standup, but Abedi’s black belt in Judo will help him get the decision victory by winning rounds based on takedowns.
Brad Tavares vs. Robert McDaniel
This is going to be a one sided fight, because Tavares is a real tough fighter which is what McDaniel folds to every time he faces one. Look for Tavares to pick up a second round TKO as McDaniel gives up after the first.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez
This is Perez’s fight to lose. He has the striking, grappling, and wrestling to win this match. So far he has shown no mental breaks either. Look for Perez to get his hand raised after a TKO in the third round.
Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker
Whittaker showed some great striking ability in his fight with Colton Smith, but now he will be facing a grinder in McGee. Whittaker does not have the reach advantage in this fight, and his weakness in the ground game will show. Look for McGee to stand, put Whittaker against the cage, and then take the fight to the ground. McGee will repeat this until a decision victory is in his hands.
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Brian Melancon
Gastelum will win this fight. Melancon has the power to knockout most fighters, but he has to be standing to do that. Unfortunately, Gastelum will run right through him plastering him to the mat until he pounds out a victory in the first.
Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Cerrone’s mental block will be the only thing keeping him from a win in this fight. He has the striking to win this standing, and the wrestling to keep it from the ground. He cannot let it go to the ground since Anjos has some of the best BJJ in the lightweight division. Cerrone won’t let that happen and takes a win by knockout in the second round.
Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann
Ok just to get it out of the way Kampmann won the first time they met a long time ago, in Condit’s first fight, and by a close split decision. SInce then we have seen Condit go on a tear, nearly knockout GSP, and what should have been a win over Johnny Hendricks. The wrestling training that Condit has done for his last two opponents will keep this fight of the ground until he can knockout Kampmann in the fourth round.
What are your thoughts?