UFC 201 Main Card Picks

So UFC 200 wasn’t my best night of picks… I went 2-3 during the main card, dropping my overall record to 12-8.  But hey, batting .600 would be hella insane in the major leagues.

With that being said, you can 100% trust me to get everything right for this weekend’s 201 main card.*

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyrone Woodley for the welterweight championship – Lawler has a tendency to make every fight a war, which means that his opponent always has a chance.  Despite his vaunted toughness and chin, this fighting style has to catch up to the champ at some point.  Is this Saturday that time?  I doubt it, but you never know.  Woodley has the power to put someone to sleep, but I doubt that he is active enough to do it to Lawler.  #AndStill

Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – Grappler vs. Striker, and possible title eliminator matchup?  Karolina throws punches in bunches, and likes to swarm her opponent, but she doesn’t throw with much ill intent.  Rose, a grappler by trade, has vastly improved her striking to a point where it is now more than just serviceable.  Rose’s style is perfectly suited to deal with a pressure fighter like Karolina, and she takes the decision here.

Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger – I think I was still in diapers the last time Ellenberger won a fight.  While Brown is on his own 1-3 slide recently, it has been against much stiffer competition, which Ellenberger is not.  This seems like a “get back on track” fight for Brown, and he might just retire Ellenberger with those vicious clinch elbows.

Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez – this is going to be a fun fight.  Rivera throws some heavy hands for a bantemweight, and Perez is usually happy to oblige.  However, Perez is still too hittable, which means bad things for him against a fighter like Rivera.  Unless he can weather the early storm and tire out Rivera he’s not leaving with his hand raised.  Rivera for the win.

Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins – Uncle Creepy seems to get a bad rep, and I’m not sure why.  He only losses to the cream of the crop.  Unfortunately for him, Scoggins looks like he belongs up there with his karate/wrestling combination.  The young “Tank” cements himself as a contender in a close decision victory.

*You can absolutely in no way trust me at all.

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