(We’ve got a special treat for you guys this morning. Jake got in touch with UFC fighter Jason ‘Dooms’ Day. Word is he’ll be returning to the octagon against Kendall Grove at UFC 96 in Ohio. For now though he took the time to break down next weekend’s UFC 93 card for us.)
I’ve recently been given the opportunity by the boyz at Fightlinker.com to put my picks for UFC 93 out there for the whole world to criticize. While I follow the sport intently, I try no to get too wrapped up in individual fights. I’m certainly a fan but I’m also busting my ass to meet up against many of these guys in the Octagon. Watching each event as a casual observer let’s me appreciate the spectacle that is a live UFC event – there truly is nothing like it! You should try it from inside the cage-
Light Heavyweight: Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson
I love both these guys. They’ve both been around for a while now and I’ve certainly watched them as pioneers of the modern day UFC. Like most fans, this is definitely a fight I’m looking forward to seeing. Dan and Rich are both warriors with a ton of heart. Rich’s strinking and Hendo’s wrestling provide a classic match-up of wills. I’d like to think that this will be a three round war and while my hopes are that Ace puts on a great show, I just don’t see anything other than Dan grinding out a decision. Henderson is going to take it simply because he is tough as dirt and almost impossible to KO.
Light Heavyweight: Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio Rua
This one is probably the hardest to call for me. Coleman is a classic ground and pounder who can devastate the unprepared with his wrestling and brute strength. Rua may have lost some of his luster since his fight with Griffin. However, we haven’t seen Coleman in the Octagon since 2006. I have to go with Shogun on this one, ring rust sucks and I’m not sure Coleman will be able to pull this off.
Middleweight: Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang
This one hits close to home for many reasons. Obviously, Belcher was kind enough to welcome me into the UFC in Montreal last year, which as you know, ended up in my favor. Denis Kang should be excited, like I was, for his first fight in the Octagon. I think his success elsewhere will translate into Kang overwhelming Belcher in the first frame. Denis hits harder and has more tools at his disposal – submission in round 1.
Welterweight: Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle
I see fight of the night contenders here. They’ve both made it clear that an all out brawl is in the works. Davis and Lytle are both strong, tough, and fast. And damn can they throw! I think Marcus will eventually end up catching Chris with a bomb and result in a 2nd round TKO.
Middleweight: Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares
A fight for all the MMA technicians. I’m predicting an interesting fight that quickly turns into a technical ground battle. I might get a lot of heat for this pick but I’m going to pull for Horn via triangle.
Welterweight: Martin Kampmann vs. Alexandre Barros
I have an interest in this undercard bout because it will be Kampmann’s first at 170, which seems to be a pretty good weight for his frame. He’s tough and skilled at 185 so I expect more of the same with a little extra speed at welterweight. I like Martin’s fighting style and he continues to improve under the watchful eye of Shawn Tompkins. You know where my money is.
So there you have it, this is how I see it going down, if you dont like it you know where to find me!. Thanks to the gang at Fightlinker.com for the opportunity and make sure you watch for my return to the Octagon soon. Thanks for all your support! Keep checking out my site too at www.jaydaymma.com