Quick Picks: UFC on Fox 7 Main Card

Posted: April 18, 2013 in UFC Events
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fox7posterUFC on Fox 7 is this weekend and I’ll be watching with a taped hamstring. While getting overly-enthusiastic during the Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate fight last weekend, I tweaked my hammy jumping around my living room. THIS is why I watch fights at home with my assistant, Hot Sauce and not in public where I can embarrass myself. Anyway, let’s see what’s at stake on the main card.

Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez. This is a lightweight title fight that could move Henderson into the class of Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and GSP. This would be his 3rd straight title defense and 7th straight UFC win. Melendez is a good fighter, but he’s not in Henderson’s class. Ben seems to have the advantage in nearly every category including strength, striking and athleticism. It’s hard to gauge Melendez’s chances; quite frankly that’s because he hasn’t fought near the competition Henderson has in the last couple years. Put it this way, if Henderson loses, guys like Gray Maynard and Anthony Pettis are going to be frothing at the mouth to get the next shot. MY PICK—Henderson SUB4

Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier. Is it possibly to have a “changing of the guard fight” where the “younger” guy is actually older than the “old” guy? I don’t even know if that made sense, but Cormier is older than Mir despite the relative fighting age of the two. Mir’s BJJ is top of the line in the heavyweight division. Having said that, Cormier isn’t going to just lie down and let Mir tap him out. Cormier has shown remarkable striking already in his career and just in the last 3 or 4 fights; he’s surpassed Mir in that area. Oh, did we mention his wrestling? He’s possibly the best MMA wrestler this side of Ben Askren. Mir has become a steppingstone in the division and whether he wants to admit that or not, Cormier will show him. MY PICK—Cormier KO3

Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. Pretty cool fight that should be a crowd pleaser. Thomson will try to take out the training partner of the guy who just beat him (Melendez) and Nate will be trying to avoid back to back losses. I think back to Diaz’s victory over Donald Cerrone and how good he was with his striking. Then he defeated strong wrestler, Jim Miller. Assuming the loss to Henderson didn’t set him back a notch, I’m still counting on Nate to come out at his best against the tough as ever Thomson. That will make it UFC 2, Strikeforce 1. MY PICK—Diaz DEC

Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein. Brown is on a notable run. Four straight after nearly being cut. He took out one prodigy in Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and in a way has another one Saturday. Mein is a 23 year old phenom with future champion written all over him. I’m on his bandwagon. While Brown used his experience by beating “Wonderboy,” that won’t be much of an advantage here. Shockingly, Mein has 37 pro fights—more than Brown. Watch this fight and think about 2014 and beyond. This kid is good. MY PICK—Mein SUB3

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