Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez
UFC 110’s main event, features an MMA legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against a fast rising prospect, Cain Velasquez. Nogueira’s game plan will be to keep his distance from Velasquez with his boxing, while looking for the opportune time for a shoot-in take down, where he’ll look for the submission. Velasquez will most likely try to use his relentless take down ability and over bearing top control to G-n-P the Brazilian for a victory. As long as Velasquez can avoid the submission inside Nogueira’s guard, i like Velasquez to work from top position and earn a decision victory. A passing of the the torch, if you may…
Prediction: Cain Velasquez def Antonio Nogueira by Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping vs Wanderlei Silva
There is no secret what Wanderlei Silva is going to try and do. His goal every fight is to put his opponent to sleep in highlight reel fashion. Michael Bisping has been working on his power since his KO loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100. He showed great improvement in that department against Denis Kang, knocking him down in the 2nd round then soon finishing him off with some ground-n-pound. “The Axe-Murder” Silva’s career, comes down to this fight in my opinion. Losing 5 of his last 6 fights, this is a MUST win to prove his relevance in the best promotion in the world. Sadly, i just don’t see Wanderlei Silva winning this fight. Silva always has the one punch KO threat, but i believe Bisping learned a lot in his loss to Henderson and will stay out of the reach of that deadly right hand. I like Bisping to keep his distance, work his boxing and eventually get the TKO victory.
Prediction: Michael Bisping def Wanderlei Silva by TKO – Rd. 2
Joe Stevenson vs George Sotiropolous
This is my favorite match-up of the night. Joe Stevenson has looked better than ever in his last couple fights in the UFC, since moving to Greg Jackson’s MMA. Sotiropolous is one of the best overall prospects in the 155 lb. division in the UFC. Both fighters have strong wrestling background with equally as good ju-jitsu. Neither one has outstanding boxing, and both fighters should look to take this fight to the ground as soon as possible. I see this fight changing levels a lot, and it should be incredibly exciting. This fight will most likely come down to who gets the better top position on the ground first. If either one of these guys gets to mount or side-mount, the fight is usually over soon. I like George Sotiropolous to grab an arm or neck late in the fight to finish and establish himself as a top contender in the division. Fight of the Night bonus should be heading this way…
Prediction George Sotiropolous def Joe Stevenson by Armbar – 3rd Round
Ryan Bader vs Keith Jardine
Keith Jardine is in a similar perdicament as Wanderlei Silva. A win at UFC 110 is a must, or his days as being a serious contender at the light heavweight division are over. Ryan Bader is looking to put his name in the top 10 in the division with a win over Jardine. Bader will probably know, he is one good punch away from a victory against Jardine’s suspect chin. Jardine is at his best when he is able to utilize his reach with his long leg kicks to keep his opponents away from him and point his way to victory. If Bader can get in close, this could be another short night for Jardine. I see Bader keeping things on the feet to start while looking for the KO. If Jardine is getting the better of the stand-up war, Bader should fall back on his elite wrestling skills to take down and control Jardine from top position. I see the fight being pretty even on the feet, where both fighters will get good shots in. But, the fight will lean toward Bader as he should have no problem taking Jardine down and work where ever he want to on the ground, as Jardine is awful on his back.
Prediction: Ryan Bader def Keith Jardine by TKO – Rd. 3
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs Ben Rothwell
For the first time in his storied career, Cro Cop has trained for this fight with a real camp. He’s been training for Ben Rothwell at the highly touted Vos Gym in Holland. From what i hear, Cro Cop has been extremely motivated to make one more run at the UFC Heavyweight title. Even at his age, a hungry Mirko Cro Cop is a very dangerous thing. Ben Rothwell, has basically been beaten to a bloody pulp in his last two meaningful fights against Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez. I really think were all going to see the highlight reel KO that MMA fans have been waiting for since Mirko came to the UFC.
Prediction: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def Ben Rothwell by KO – Rd. 1
Chris Haseman vs Elvis Sinosic
The UFC does a nice jesture and allows to Australian born UFC-vets to get on the 1st card on their home continent. The loser will likely be cut, while the winner will get another shot to make it in the light heavyweight division. Haseman, 41 years old, returns to MMA for only the 2nd time in 6 years. Sinosic, 39, returns after a 2 year break. This fight is more for the 2 combatants than the fans, and i applaud the UFC for the move.
Prediction: Elvis Sinosic def Chris Haseman by TKO – Rd. 1
Stephan Bonnar vs Krzysztof Soszynski
Stephan Bonnar is the 3rd fighter on the card, that could see his UFC career come to an end with a loss at UFC 110. Being apart of the most important MMA fight of all time, may not save him from a 3 fight losing streak in the division to mid-level fighters. Bonnar is an incredibly smart guy, and has other talents besides fighting. A loss to Mark Coleman in his last fight, really makes me question how much of his heart is left in the sport. If he isn’t 100% commited to this fight, Soszynski could be leaving Australia with Bonnar’s arm. If Bonnar is commited, this could be an exciting fight.
Prediction: Krzysztof Soszynski def Stephan Bonnar by Kimura – Rd .2
Brian Foster vs Chris Lytle
Perennial Fight of the Night winner, Chris Lytle, returns to the cage against rising welterweight prospect Brian Foster. Foster looked mighty impressive in his beat down of Brock Larson in his last fight. Lytle, in 50 fights, has never been TKO’d or Submitted proving his toughness over and over. This fight should be nothing less than a war and a Fight of the Night consideration. It’s hard to pick a winner in this fight since their abilities are so similiar.
Prediction: Chris Lytle def Brian Foster by Unanimous Decision
CB Dollaway vs Goran Reljic
After a nearly 2 year lay off due to a lingering back injury, Goran Reljic FINALLY makes his return to the UFC, 100% healthy. Reljic, considered by many as a lighter version of his Croatian brethren Mikro Cro Crop, dazzled in his UFC debut against the once highly ranked, Wilson Gouveia. Only ring rust will be the factor why he may not leave Australia with a victory. Dollaway brings a solid wrestling base to the cage with him, and would be dumb not to use it against Reljic. If Dollaway decides to brave and stand with Reljic, call it an early night.
Prediction: Goran Reljic def CB Dollaway by TKO – Rd. 1
Igor Pokrajac vs James Te Huna
Aussie light heavyweight prospect James Te Huna makes his UFC debut on his home turf against Croatian veteran Igor Pokrajac. Pokrajac should in all likelihood be fighting for his UFC life after dropping a decision to Vladmir Matsyushenko in his debut. If Pokrajac’s game plan was to stand and fight with Matsyushenko, it should be no different against James Te Huna. Huna will have no problem with that, as he will have the advantage in the power department on the feet. The crowd will most likely be going nuts for their countryman giving Huna the X-factor advantage.
Prediction: James Te Huna def Igor Pokrajac by TKO – Rd. 2