Preview and Predictions for UFC 140
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1 Comment
Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones v. Lyota Machida
It wasn’t the Jones v. Evans fight we were expecting, but this should be a very interesting one. Two very dynamic strikers. Jones is on a complete tear right now, he’s basically unbeaten (I refuse to acknowledge the DQ against Hamill as a loss). He hasn’t even been threatened up until this point in the octagon. He basically looks unstoppable. However, Machida is coming off the brutal Karate Kid style knockout of Randy Couture. If you haven’t seen it, or need a reminder, here’s the video (kick is at 7:33).
Prediction: Someone’s getting knocked out. I wouldn’t put it past Machida to pull off the victory, but I have to go with Jones. Jones wins by TKO round 3.
Heavyweight bout: Frank Mir v. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera “Big Nog”
Here we have two veteran heavyweights. Both are extremely skilled on the ground, so I think that’s a tossup. They met once before at UFC 92 where Mir won by TKO. Both of them have recent losses, but they were all against seriously tough guys. Let’s look at the list for Nogueira: Velasquez , Mir, Emelianenko. Then for Mir: Carwin, Lesnar. Both of those guys could easily knockout anyone in the HW division.
Prediction: History repeats itself. Mir by decision.
Light Heavyweight bout: Tito Ortiz v. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera “Little Nog”
A battle of two vets. Wins have been hard to come by for Tito. Besides the recent upset against Bader, his last win came against Ken Shamrock in 2006. What?! But if you look at his losses, 5/6 of the people he lost to were at one point LHW champion. Then you have “Little Nog” who is coming off of losses to Phil Davis and Ryan Bader.
Prediction: Tito victorious by decision. Count it. “Little Nog” is coming off of losses to two wrestlers, by decision, and Tito’s strength is his wrestling.
Welterweight bout: Claude Patrick v. Brian Ebersole
A battle of two relative newcomers to the UFC. Patrick has mostly fought in Canada and has won his last two (and only) fights in the UFC. We were first introduced to Ebersole at UFC 127 where we became known as the guy with the “crazy cartwheel kick” or “the dude with the arrow shaved in his chest.” He’s fought mostly in Australia, but his last two (and only) fights in the UFC were wins.
Prediction: Ebersole by decision. This dude’s a character.
Featherweight bout: Mark Hominick v. Chan Sung Jung
Hominick is coming off the loss to Aldo where he sustained that nasty hematoma. Seriously, he looked like something out of Frankenstein. There’s no shame in losing a title fight to Aldo. He’s a beast. Chan Sung Jung, “The Korean Zombie” was introduced to most of us at WEC 48 where he put on one of the best fights I’ve ever seen, along with Leonard Garcia. They put on a war for the ages. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it. Now.
His most recent fight was a rematch of that fight, which Jung won via submission (twister). He apparently learned this technique by watching online videos. It’s the first time a UFC fight has ever been stopped by this submission.
Hominick via decision. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Jung pulled off a crazy submission.
What do you think is going to happen at UFC 140?