I screwed up. Rather than our normal preview where the FGB crew along with MMA writers across the land predict the fights, you get only me. I failed to get the engine started this week as I was busy with work, so I’ll preview the top two fights for UFC 160 myself.
UFC 160 is a better card than the last UFC, which I skipped entirely because I didn’t find the card compelling at all. And while I won’t be able to watch this show live because of an out of town commitment, it’s the kind of show that has a chance to be good. Heavyweights dominate the upper tier of the card while the likes of Glover Teixeira, Gray Maynard, TJ Grant, Donald Cerrone, and KJ Noons fill out the rest of the PPV card.
We’re only going to look at the top two fights, but if Gray Maynard beats TJ Grant, I expect that he’ll face Benson Henderson in the next shot at the lightweight title. Also, if Teixeira wins convincingly, he’s probably one fight away from a possible title shot.
Mark Hunt vs. Junior Dos Santos
Mark Hunt had issues with getting to Las Vegas for the fight because of visa issues. How that affects him is a big deal. I think most expect JDS to take control of the fight and show off that great boxing pedigree. And if he has to, we might even see the jiu-jitsu that we’ve heard is so good. Continue reading →
Normally, when we do previews of UFC shows, we take the best fights on the card and ask writers to give their picks. In some cases when the fights aren’t all that interesting to discuss, we’ll just talk about the main event. In this case, the undercard isn’t all that compelling and the main event doesn’t seem to be very competitive.
So what will we talk about? Well, a whole lotta stuff. I threw some questions out there for Duan, Alan, Cactus Jim, and myself to answer about Chael and Bones.
Save for Jon Jones not showing up, what has to happen for Chael Sonnen to beat him on Saturday?
Alan: Chael is a smart guy and a very good fighter. If Jones comes in cocky and makes a big mistake, Chael can capitalize. It would have to be a huge mistake though. He’s not going to get the better of Jones for 5 rounds and win a decision. No way.
Duan: To me, for Sonnen to win this fight, he has to A) secure an early takedown, and B) take something out of Jones while he has him grounded. He doesn’t have the skills or reach to fight with him on the feet, and he doesn’t have the size or strength to battle on the inside. His best chance to catch Jones sleeping, put him on his back, and land something that changes the whole make up of the fight. Outside of that, he needs a miracle. Continue reading →