UFC 79 Nemesis: Predictions

posted by cradick on December-27-2007, 11:34pm

UFC 79 is this Saturday and was originally billed as a match up between the coaches from The Ultimate Fighter 7. With an injury to Matt Serra, George St-Pierre jumped at the opportunity to fight Matt Hughes in the main event. The other main event fight is a long time in the making, Chuck Liddell will fight Wanderlei Silva.

Liddell vs Silva is a long time in the making. Back when both owned their divisions in their respective organizations, a super fight couldn't be arranged between the two. With the demise of Pride, the UFC has signed Silva and finally arranged the fight. Both fighters are coming off of back-to-back losses. This fight will get one fight back into the mix and put the other a fight or two away from retirement.

Here are my predictions:

  • Matt Hughes vs. Georges St-Pierre: With Hughes coming to the end of his career, he has trained harder than ever before. After a losing the title, St. Pierre is hungry to get his hands back on the title. I have been a Hughes fan for some time, but my gut tells me St-Pierre will win this one.
  • Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva: The winner will be the fighter who lands the first big punch. I give Liddell the edge in this one.
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Rameau Sokoudjou: Another light heavyweight fight featuring strikers. Sokoudjou is relatively inexperience with only 5 professional fights, still I expect him to make this a good fight. Machida wins via strikes.
  • Rich Clementi vs. Melvin Guillard: Guillard makes any fight interesting with his unpredictable nature. I pick Guillard via early knockout.
  • Soa Palelei vs. Eddie Sanchez: Since I don't know too much about either fighter, I will go on their nicknames. Palelei is the "The Hulk" and Sanchez is "The Manic Hispanic." I am going with the Hulk.
tags: Chuck Liddell, Eddie Sanchez, George St. Pierre, Lyoto Machida, Matt Hughes, Melvin Guillard, Rameau Sokoudjou, Rich Clementi, Soa Palelei, UFC 79, Wanderlei Silva

1 Responses

#1 posted by cradick on December-30-2007, 6:07pm
So, I was 3-5 on my picks... not too bad, but could be better. Guillard was the real disappointment as he was once again chocked out. The real entertainment for this fight came in the post fight interview as Clementi made some verbal jabs at Guillard. The Liddell Silva fight wasn't disappointing, only thing missing was the knockout. Finally, the Hughes St. Pierre fight went pretty much to script, still I was hoping for a four or five round fight. All in all, a good night of fights!
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