With an exciting card like UFC 117, making predictions and
discussing hopeful wins is required.
I'll admit there have been many UFC cards recently that have sent
me back to just being a simple baseball fan. So this is what I hope to see on August 7 at the Oracle Arena.
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen
Clearly everyone is tired of hearing Chael's act; ' Blah,
Blah, Blah I'm retiring Silva, Blah, Blah.' I guess we will see if Sonnen has what it takes to out skill
the UFC middleweight champ. Sonnen
will need more than a takedown to out master Silva's razor sharp defensive
instincts. Silva although cocky
and playful in his last fight (Maia UFC 112), his actions are quite
premeditated and he forces his opponents to come to him. This ultimately brings the fight to his
turf and demonstrates how he truly sets the pace for the fight up until the
bell rings. If this match is
scored by the same judges that were responsible for Gegard Mousasi's loss to
King Mo, where they weighted takedown attempts over strikes landed and submission
attempts, then maybe Sonnen will win a round. I see Silva presenting a more professional and focused tone
in this match up, since watching himself fight Demian Maia. Anderson Silva wins.
Junior Dos Santos vs Roy Nelson
Santos is coming into this fight with respectable wins
against Fabricio Werdum (who I believe is the next Golden Boy of the
heavyweight division), Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga. Dos Santos will go for the KO, this
being is M.O. Nelson presents a
similar story. He has won a bunch
of fights and is also undefeated
in the UFC like Dos Santos. It is
really a great match -up. Nelson
has not fought as many talented players in the game as Dos Santos, but Nelson can and will take a punishment against this opponent. A slug fest is exactly what Joe Silva has in mind for the Oracle
Arena. I am going to say Nelson
will be the last man standing.
Ricardo Almeida vs Matt Hughes
Almeida has an interesting competitive career. During the years when Hughes was at his
peek and defending his championship belt, Almeida was on a break from
competition. In the past two
years, so little (I should say) has happened in Hughes' MMA career when
comparing it to his more formative years.
Hughes without a doubt has a pedigree of wins against big name
fighters. Almedia has fought a
wide array of less known men from UFC, PRIDE and Pancrase; but Hughes'
inactivity over the last couple of years I believe is the biggest detriment to
his career as it currently stands.
The time off does him no good and therefore Almeida will interfere with
Hughes walking out with a three fight winning streak.