You may not have heard of some of these fighters, but we’ve got picks for you:
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
This classic rematch for the middleweight title is not the best match-up of talent the division has to offer, but it is the fight the fans want to see.
Henderson has a highlight reel KO over Bisping from UFC 100, and he was old then.
Look for Bisping to be smarter and more patient this time. Henderson always has a chance with his power, but his chin is wearing down. Bisping by TKO
*Editor’s Note: Just a feeling, but how epic would it be for Hendo to have a knock out walk off into the sunset. Storybook ending for one of the best mix martial artists ever. Bisping looked over extended at times against Silva. Sometimes the pressure of delivering for the homecrowd can turn it into a detriment. I agree Bisping has more secure paths to victory… I’m just saying there’s a chance.
Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousassi
Vitor is old and no longer on TRT. Mousassi keeps improving and, at this stage, has a speed advantage over his opponent. This one could get ugly. Mousassi by TKO.
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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa
OSP looked decent in his most recent fight against bad boy and possible GOAT Jon Jones. Manuwa has lost 2 of his last 3 by KO, but those were to Alexander Gustafson and Anthony Johnson.
It’s hard to judge where these fighters are at; while Manuwi is the superior striker, OSP is a a physical specimen. Conventional wisdom says go with technique, but I say OSP’s wrestling and tenacity pulls him through. OSP by Decision.
Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Struve is bigger and is a better wrestler than his opponent. Omielanczuk has more accurate striking, but Struve’s striking defense will pose problems. It’s heavyweight, so anything can happen, but look for Struve to finish this fight. Struve by KO.
Mirsad Bektic vs. Russell Doane
In this featherweight fight, Bektic comes in undefeated against a 14-6 opponent. Both fighters have solid wrestling and boxing, but Bektic is the heavier fighter (Doane is normally a Bantamweight). Look for a late finish from Bektic. Bektic by TKO.