By Benjamin Bieker
Manvel Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller
Gamburyan’s best shot at winning this fight is to catch Miller on the chin, but the former lightweight is a whole eight inches taller than Gamburyan. Miller may not be bale to use his patented submission game since Gamburyan has never been submitted, but he will take a unanimous decision victory.
Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
This fight will not last long as both fighters have multiple first round finishes. This is a hard fight to pick but based of statistics Pineda has only been knocked out once and that is Brandao’s strong suit. Pineda pulls off the upset and finishes Brandao with strikes.
Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
A lot of people think that Brown will have ring rust going into this fight, but they forget that he still trains all the time as one of the lead coaches at ATT. Both fighters have finished the majority of their fights on the ground, but Brown has the stronger wrestling and submissions. He wins this fight in the third as SIler’s cardio fails.
Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway
This is supposed to be an exhibition for McGregor, but he losses a lot of his tools in this fight. Holloway holds the reach advantage, he has never been knocked out, and those are usually two things McGregor usually holds over his opponent. Regardless, McGregor will beat Holloway, but it will come by way of decision.
Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald
Pickett is a tough fighter, but he is giving up size, youth, speed, reach, and age in this fight. That is going to make it an uphill battle before he even enters the cages. McDonald is one of the best in this division, and he will prove it with a win over Pickett who has only loss to the very best. McDonald by decision.
Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson
A lot of times, fights can be seen just by looking at a fighter’s record. In eight career losses, Johnson has lost about submission six out of those eight times. On the flip side, Lauzon has finished 18 of his 22 wins by submission. That should cut it very clear that Lauzon wins by submission in the first round.
Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
With five inches of height and eight inches of reach over Howard this is Hall’s fight to lose. The only problem is he wilts under pressure as seen in his TUF finale fight. Howard, on the other hand, is hungry to beat nearly any fighter in his way of keeping himself in the Octagon. With five knockout wins in his last six fights, look for Howard to stop the TUF runner up late in the second round.
Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle
Brown is on a great run, but he has yet to face someone with the ground skills of Pyle. Brown has nine career defeats out of 11 by submission, and Pyle has finished 16 fights by submission. Some equations just make sense. Look for Pyle to finish this fight by submission in the first round.
Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara
Alcantara is a tough fighter, but only the world’s best fighters have beaten Faber. Alcantara has not proven that he is one of the best, and a win over the unknown Iliarde Santos is not a way to prove that. Faber will not run through Alcantara, but he will take a decision.
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne
The winner of this fight could be a win away from a title shot, and while overeem is a tough fighter his chin is questionable after numerous knockout losses. All Browne has to do is survive the first two rounds, and it seems like Overeem will be putty in his hands for either submission or knockout. Browne finishes this fight standing in the third round by TKO.
Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
Sonnen will need to hold down Rua for three rounds to win this fight, but that does not seem likely since most other fighters, including Jon Jones, have not been able to. Rua will use his striking to break down Sonnen over the first two rounds on his way to a TKO stoppage in the third.
What are your thoughts?