With another big UFC pay per view event this weekend, it's time, once again for Wrestling Nuggets to bring out the crystal ball and get to making some predictions. As always, the Prediction League participants are Wrestling Nuggets, Don Owens, Corey Santiago & Steven Money, the league standings are getting pretty close at the moment with only one correct result being the difference between first place and third, more amazingly even Future Endeavors podcast host Don Owens has correctly picked one result! Here's how the league looks right now:
Wrestling Nuggets Prediction League
1) Steven Money: (6,3)
2) Wrestling Nuggets: (6,3)
3) Corey Santiago: (5,4)
4) Don Owens: (1,8)
Now for this weeks fight predictions, only the main card fights are included in the guesses, here's the picks for UFC 123:
Maiquel Falcao vs. Gerald Harris
Newcomer Falcao faces a man riding a 10 fight winning streak including 3 straight wins in the UFC, Gerald Harris. Both fighters like to finish fights and this one could very well earn the 'Knockout of the Night' award. Falcao is known to finish his fights quickly, he has earned first round stoppage victories in 8 of his last 9 fights, with 7 of those wins by way of KO or TKO. Harris himself has earned KO of the Night honors in 2 of his last 3 fights and 7 out of the 10 fights in his winning streak didn't get out of the first round, so expect fireworks in the early going of this one. Falcao is a dangerous opponent but if Harris can survive an early onslaught he should have enough to finish off the UFC newcomer and continue on his winning ways.
Wrestling Nuggets' Pick: Gerald Harris
Steven Money's Pick: Gerald Harris
Corey Santiago's Pick: Gerald Harris
Don Owens' Pick: Gerald Harris
Tim Boetsch vs. Phil Davis
The undefeated Phil Davies and his short shorts takes on heavy hitting Tim Boetsch. While Boetsch has shown to have KO power in the past, Davies will probably be looking to use his wrestling skills and Jiu-Jitsu to take down and control the fight.
Wrestling Nuggets' Pick: Phil Davies
Steven Money's Pick: Phil Davies
Corey Santiago's Pick: Phil Davies
Don Owens' Pick: Tim Boetsch
Joe Lauzon vs. George Sotiropoulos
Australian Sotiropoulos looks to extend his 7 fight winning streak against upset specialist Joe Lauzon. Although George looks to have better Jui-Jitsu skills, Lauzon proved in his last fight, a first round submission victory over Brazilian Jui-Jitsu black belt Gabe Ruediger, that he is more than capable at holding his own against highly skilled fighters. A win for either fighter will see them move into one of the top contention spots for the Lightweight title and i think the Aussie will be able to continue on his winning ways.
WN's Pick: George Sotiropoulos
SM's Pick: Joe Lauzon
CS's Pick: Joe Lauzon
Do's Pick: George Sotiropoulos
Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn
The rubber match in the Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn trilogy with B.J winning the first encounter and Hughes winning the rematch. While Penn looks to bounce back after back to back losses to Frankie Edgar in Lightweight Title fights, Hughes has returned to winning ways in his past 3 fights after contemplating retirement after his own back to back losses in 2008. Another match up that could go either way, Penn though needs the win more in this one.
WN's Pick: BJ Penn
SM's Pick: BJ Penn
CS's Pick: BJ Penn
DO's Pick: BJ Penn
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida
UFC 123's main event see's two former Light Heavyweight Champions facing off to get back into contention for the title. 'The Dragon' will be looking to get straight back to winning ways after suffering his first career defeat and loss of the title to Shogun Rua back in May. Jackson is also looking to bounce back after suffering a disappointing defeat at the hands of his rival and former opposing Ultimate Fighter coach Rashad Evans also back in May. Famed power puncher 'Rampage' has only actually picked up one win by KO in his last 5 match ups, and Lyoto will be looking to return to his elusive ways and not get caught by Jackson. I can see 'The Dragon' being able to keep out of Jackson's range and either earn a decision victory or even counter some wild strikes and pick up the win by stoppage. Looks like i'm the only one siding with Lyoto though, i think because of his not so great showings against Shogun people have forgotten how good he actually is. Maybe the Psychic Lizard will agree with me...
WN's Pick: Lyoto Machida
SM's Pick: Rampage Jackson
CS's Pick: Rampage Jackson
DO's Pick: Rampage Jackson