Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane
I don’t care about this fight. It should be in the prelims. I’m salty about Faber/Cacares being there instead. Russell Doane by “Who Gives a Shit?” Decision.
Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos
You never know what you are going to get out of Hall. He’s not a box of chocolates — he’s a damn walking, talking glory hole. This is another prelim level fight. The UFC reallllllllllly wants to salvage the Uriah Hall project, don’t they? Well it’s all up to Uriah, who is 30 this month and doesn’t have too long before he likely heads into his athletic decline. Hall should win, but who knows… Hall by round 1 TKO.
Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione
Struve might just have some ring rust, and starting slow in a heavyweight fight isn’t exactly a good or safe idea. I just hope that Struve doesn’t get flatlined again, because if he does, then he needs to reconsider his future in the sport if not solely because of the punishment his brain has taken. Mitrione hits hard and can probably tag Struve silly, but I believe Struve has to keep this fight in close, and maybe even pull guard and slap on a triangle or an armbar on someone who isn’t really a wizard on the ground like Mitrione. This is a tough fight to pick because Struve can’t be trusted to confidently win even squash matches, and Mitrione has been inconsistent for the past 2 years or so. Stefan Struve by submission, round 2.
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis
Rousey by round 2 armbar… unless Davis’s BJJ skills shine through, and if that’s the case, Rousey by round 2 TKO.
Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida
This match is all kinds of interesting. Weidman improves by leaps and bounds everytime he gets in the cage, he is a Jon Jones level talent and is in a better camp than Jones to refine his skills to an elite level killer. Machida provides interesting problems to Weidman with his footwork, speed, and his very solid wrestling. It is important to remember though that this summer will mark the 5 year anniversary of Machida’s Light Heavyweight title win over Rashad Evans, the Dragon is very much on the downside of his career. He is still dangerous for sure, but the combination of his age and moving down a weight class I think is impacting the speed advantage he made such excellent use of at Light Heavyweight. Machida is a slow starter and has a tendency to give away rounds, so I doubt he picks up a decision in a close fight. If Weidman can get Machida down, that is bad news for the Brazilian who has never shown much off his back and the Champion is more than able to land something heavy on the feet. Look, I picked against Weidman both times last year for when he fought Anderson Silva. I can’t do it again. Weidman by round 4 submission.