By Benjamin Bieker
Julie Kedzie vs. Germaine de Randamie
Kedzie is a decent fighter, but she has always fallen pray to submissions. She will not have to deal with that in this fight since Randamie is a kickboxing phenom who never lost in 37 straight fights. Randamie’s size will win her this fight since she has six inches of advantage in just height.
Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith
Smith is a decent fighters, but he has never beat someone on the level of Herman. It will not happen here either. Herman will use his submission and striking game to lock this up within the first round or two.
Yves Edwards vs. Daron Cruickshank
Anytime you have two strikers fighting it is usually the more dynamic of the two that will win. Even though Cruickshank is nearly eight years younger he will not be able to deal with the striking ability of Edwards who will win a unanimous decision victory.
Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard
In one corner you have a BJJ black belt, and in the other corner you have a fighter with nine out of his 12 losses by submission. Who do you think will win? On the other hand, Danzig has only been knocked out once and that came at welterweight. It would seem that Danzig has the advantage in this fight and should win by submission in the second round.
Danny Castillo vs. Tim Means
Castillo has the wrestling, boxing, and submission skills to make it to the next level in the fighting game, but he just has problems putting it all together. He will use all of those skills to control Means into a unanimous decision victory.
Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal
Masvidal is a street fighter who has had some decent wins in his MMA career, but Chiesa seems to be the new breed of fighter who does not seem to have a ceiling. I think that Chiesa will out work Masvidal until he secures a submission in the third round.
Liz Carmouche vs. Jessica Andrade
Carmouche is a good fighter, but anytime she starts to get hurt or lose control of the fight she losses. While many people do not know Andrade they will after this Saturday. She will use her grappling and standup skills to win a decision over the former number one contender.
Robbie Lawler vs. Bobby Voelker
Lawler has this as long as he does not come in too confident. If Voelker gets out struck by Patrick Cote it will be hard for him to last with the skills of Lawler which will not be long. Lawler by knockout int he first round.
Rory MacDonald vs. Jake Ellenberger
It is hard to know how good MacDonald is since he has not faced too many great fighters. Ellenberger has face the best of the division and more often than not comes out on the winning end. Look for Ellenberger to take the first two rounds on the scorecard and coast to a decision victory.
Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga
It is hard imagining a fighter who could defeat Johnson, but fi you were to make him he would have to be a great wrestler who can finish the fight no matter where it goes. So, when you have a great grappler, a division one wrestler, and a training partner of Benson Henderson all wrapped into one fighter you may have found a great challenge to Johnson’s title. Factor into that Johnson’s injury and you have a recipe for an upset. Look for Moraga to walk away the new champion after a decision victory Saturday night.
What are your thoughts?