Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall:
Okay so to start this off, Ian McCall is still holding a zero in his UFC wins column, and he’s taking on a true veteran in Benavidez, so the scale seems to be slanted from the start. While McCall was able to hold a draw against current flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, I just feel that Benavidez has far more experience on a much bigger stage than McCall does. I call a Benavidez Unanimous Decision.
Jon Fitch vs. Damien Maia:
I think this has potential to be a great ground game or an awful snoozefest. I like Jon Fitch and I personally feel he takes a lot more flack than he deserves. Sure he’s not a barn-burner, but he wins fights. Maia is a Jiu Jitsu guy. We all know it, and historically American wrestlers pose the most significant challenge to Jiu Jitsu fighters. Also to Fitch’s credit, GSP has been the only of his 16 different UFC opponents to beat him on the ground;his ground game is just simply his strength. I think Fitch will grind out the unanimous decision win here.
Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva:
This will be a good one for sure. These two guys seem ready to through down and do it big. Overeem’s striking will make all the difference here. I mean the guy is a top tier kick boxer. I don’t think Silva will be able to deal with his attacks. I think this fight will be very reminiscent of Silva’s fight with good old Cain Velasquez. Overeem will take it by TKO in the first.
Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira:
It disappoints me to say this, but Lil Nog has just not impressed me yet in The UFC. His win over Jason Brilz was not a win at all, and he’s not beat a truly good opponent yet. Rashad is better on every level, and I personally think this one to be a genuine mismatch. The only thing Nog has going for him is Rashad’s near-year lay off, so we’ll see if that’s a factor. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I think Evans takes home a KO in the second.
Jose Aldo vs. Frank Edgar:
Drum role please. I personally see Edgar as being 9-0 in his last 9 fights; I know that’s asinine to say, but I really think he beat Henderson both times, but I really feel strongly about their second meeting being scored poorly. Anyway, Jose looked unstoppable when he burst on to the scene back in 2008. The thing is he’s looked uninspired in his last few fights, and I think that will really show tomorrow night. I know it’s a stretch, but I’m going with Edgar by a close unanimous decision.
Jim Genia also has put his thoughts in the mix. He picks McCall over Benavidez, Maia over Fitch, and he agrees with me on the other three.