Oh yeah, I’m back to give you another glimpse into my crystal ball of fight picks. We have an excellent card this weekend in LA, with not one, but two belts on the line. Shout out to my good friend, the Brostradamus, for his epic 0-5 record in last weekend’s UFC Fight Night. I meanwhile, am sitting at 6-4 for my last two UFC PPV main card pick ’ems.
Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship – former champ Chris Weidman said it best earlier this week, he’s given Rockhold yet another gift, this time it’s Bisping on a silver platter. Bisping has been a great fighter to watch over the past decade, and has given fans some of the best trash talk in the UFC. While he definilty deserves the title shot, he really has nothing to offer Rockhold in the way of competition. Rockhold is just too skilled, too big, and too fast. This should be a short one, and I agree with Rockhold’s own prediction of a first round knock out.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight championship – the rubber match! This fight should be much more competitive than the headliner, but I still have a hard time seeing Faber’s path to victory. While Cruz doesn’t have the power to stop Faber, he is the more complete fighter. However, because Cruz will not be able to end Faber, the California Kid will have 25 minutes to find an opening against the champ, which means he has a decent shot at taking the belt. I just have a hard time seeing it happening.
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas – two very skilled fighters tee off in what should be the closest fight on the main card. However, I believe that Holloway’s length and boxing will give Lamas trouble. If Lamas can make this an ugly fight he has a real shot, but I don’t see it happening. Holloway out points him on the way to a decision victory.
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard – after going 2-6 over his last 8 fights, Hendo looks like he should hang them up. But the man is a legend, and that overhand right is still one of the scariest weapons in combat sports. Lombard has a tendency to start strong, but then gas by the second round, so if Hendo can weather the opening storm, he should be able to walk away with his hand raised. Hendo with the second round TKO.
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green – Poirier has looked amazing at 155 pounds, but he has a tough test here against a very quick and slick Green. Green likes to make his opponents miss, but frequently doesn’t follow up those slips with offense of his own. For that reason, I think that Poirier’s constant offense will earn him the decision.