UFC 112 is right around the corner so it’s time for some MMAPrime.TV Prime Picks!
This weekend’s show features 2 title fights and marks the first outdoor event for the UFC, as well as their first forray into the Middle East.
The action takes place LIVE at 1:00pm Eastern and the replay will be shown at the normal PPV time of 10:00pm Eastern.
It should be a very good night for fights! Here’s what we think will happen:
Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia (UFC Middleweight Championship)
Adam Lawman: I expect Silva to start slow and try to prolong the inevitable by toying with Maia like he did with Leites, maybe for extra face time. He knows now that decisions won’t cut it with the fans when you are joining in the debate of the greatest fighter of all time. By the third round, maybe near the end of it, Silva will pull some more wicked moves and earn a highlight reel TKO. Silva to def Maia via TKO (Rd 3)
Ryan Justason: Although Maia has a great chance if this thing hits the ground, I think Anderson has another plan. I think Anderson most likely realizes that the longer this thing goes on, the more chance for Maia to do what he does best. I think Anderson will end this quickly by stuffing takedown attempts and using his far more superior striking to get the KO. Silva to def Maia via KO (Rd 1)
BJ Penn vs Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Championship)
Adam: I am really quite interested to see how the first round goes in this match up. Edgar’s no slacker and could pull something spectacular. But it’d have to be more than spectacular, maybe miraculous. BJ Penn is one of the UFC’s biggest draws and has put on two masterpiece performances against Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez. In the end, Silva and Penn will both win and may truly be Invincible! Penn to def Edgar via Decision (Unanimous)
Ryan: I think that this will be a tough competition up until BJ gets Frankies back. Once this thing goes to the ground after probably 2 rounds of striking, BJ will get his back and secure the rear naked choke. Penn to def Edgar via Submission (Rd 3)
Matt Hughes vs Renzo Gracie
Adam: This fight would get booed from square one if it was held in some US cities. The fans of Abu Dhabi, accustomed to ADCC already, should enjoy as I know I will. Hughes looked strong still versus Serra at UFC 98, but that was UFC 98. Fourteen PPV’s ago. Hopefully he won’t be too rusty because Gracie will be extremely dangerous on the ground. As for a Gracie victory against Hughes, Royce couldn’t do it and I unfortunately don’t see Renzo getting the win either. Look for a grinding decision, all judges in favor of Hughes. Hughes to def Gracie via Decision (Unanimous)
Ryan: I would have liked to see Renzo come into the UFC to fight a less caliber opponent than Matt Hughes but he’s a proud Gracie. Renzo himself has admitted he hits like a girl and if anyone has seen him hit mits, they would know that to be true. I don’t think Renzo can get Matt to the ground so I think Matt will drop him with a punch and then finish him off on the ground. Hughes to def Gracie via TKO (Rd 1)
Terry Etim vs Rafael dos Anjos
Adam: Etim has won five in a row and his last two victories have earned him the Submission of the Night award. dos anjos has won his last two after losing his first couple fights in the UFC to vets Jeremy Stephens and Tyson Griffin. This should be a good match up of two up an coming forces in the lightweight division. I have Etim taking the edge and submitting dos Anjos two rounds in. Etim to def dos Anjos via Submission (Rd 2)
Ryan: Most of Terry Etims wins are via decision but I doubt he will want to play the jiu jitsu game with dos Anjos. Terry will be able to stuff dos Anjos and use his striking to grind out the decision. Etim to def dos Anjos via Decision (Unanimous)
Kendall Grove vs Mark Munoz
Adam: This is quite possibly the best fight on the entire card. I am a big believer in Mark Munoz and think that he is another ridiculously talented prospect that will make a name for himself. Grove is a vet and didn’t look too bad in his loss to Almeida but he didn’t look great either. I expect a TKO from Munoz via some vicious ground and pound as “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” moves onto main cards and more. Munoz to def Grove via TKO (Rd 3)
Ryan: I think this fight is a bad fight for Kendall Grove because of Mark Munozs strong wrestling and power. Although Kendall just beat the high caliber wrestler in Jake Rosholt via submission, Marks a purple belt in jiu jitsu and will be able to stuff Kendalls attempts. I think Mark will win in the second round via ground and pound. Munoz to def Grove via TKO (Rd 2)
Adam: Silva, Penn, Hughes, Etim, Munoz
Ryan: Silva, Penn, Hughes, Etim, Munoz