Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
This is mostly take place on the feet, but Wanderlei Silva
no longer has the iron jaw he possessed in the last decade when he was the king of Pride FC. Fighters such as Cro Cop, Rampage, and Hendo have loosened up the chin of the great Wand, and after years of putting his body on the line for the sake of the fans has taken a toll. Silva is always dangerous but expect Stann to land the bigger punches on the feet and score a second round knockout.
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
If Struve gets this fight to the floor he has the best chance to win there. Standing up the reach of Struve will definitely be a factor for the seven foot heavyweight, but Mark Hunt's
chin, power, and thousands upon thousands of hours honing his striking will give him an edge standing up. At some point Hunt is going to catch him, get the KO, and give a very nonchalant two word post-fight interview.
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
If Gomi had a full gas tank I'd probably go with the Fireball Kid. But in the past he's faded in fights, while Sanchez tends to get stronger as the fight progresses. That's not a good thing for the hometown favorite. If Diego Sanchez
survives a Gomi-esque striking assault in the first, he should be able to finish this fight in the third via submission after Gomi tires.
Yushin Okami vs. Hector Lombard
is great at blanketing fighters and tiring them out. I think the energy levels of Lombard are high and he will find a way to break free and execute what he wants to do in this fight: throw bombs. At some point in the second, Lombard is going to find his range and go to town on the Japanese great. Lombard via TKO in the second.
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Dong Hyun Kim
has done a good job of thwarting talented strikers such as Nate Diaz. However, Siyar Bahadurzada
seems like he's a different sort of animal. He has a violent streak of aggression and there's something very shocking about a Siyar Bahadurzada knockout. His KOs come very fast and seemingly out of nowhere, as was the case when he knocked out Paulo Thiago
. Bahadurzada is hungry and doesn't like wasting time, I smell another KO in the first round.
JD is the author of the MMA Trivia book