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Impact FC 2: Shamrock vs. Rizzo Preview and Predictions

<! mediaid=3180358 Laura Rauch, AP: img vspace="4" hspace="4" border="1" align="right" alt="" src="" />Last week's inaugural Impact FC card was really a test drive for Saturday's pay-per-view card which hosts even more familiar faces from the UFC and PRIDE past.

Preview and predictions for Impact FC 2 are below.

What: Impact FC 2 "The Uprising"

When: Saturday, July 17. Impact FC 2 will be televised live on pay-per-view at 10PM ET and will include last week's Barnett and Parisyan Impact FC 1 fights.

Where: Sydney, Australia

Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro Rizzo
Stylistically, this is just a plain bad matchup for Ken Shamrock and I'm not sure how he can even win this. Shamrock's best chance is on the ground, but when was the last time he successfully took someone down? And even if he still had an aggressive shot, Rizzo is difficult to takedown. If Jeff Monson, a stronger and technically superior ground fighter, had trouble taking Rizzo down, it's going to be a long night for Shamrock. Rizzo will take his time and pick at Shamrock with leg kicks and punch combinations before finally dropping him and pouncing for the finish.
Pick: Rizzo by TKO

Paul Daley vs. Daniel Acacio
In a most likely to end in a knockout, Daley brings his knockout power to another striker in Daniel Acacio, a Chute Boxe fighter and PRIDE veteran. While Acacio is no slouch on the feet, the striking precision belongs to Daley and he should get the first-round KO.
Pick: Daley by KO

Soa Palelei vs. Brad Morris
There's a fun storyline here with two Australian MMA staples who made their MMA debuts against one another with Soa Palelei defeating Brad Morris seven years ago by way of doctor stoppage. It's a little hard to predict how Palelei and Morris will come out when the two have combined for one fight in the past four years. Morris is actually a late replacement here for Bob Sapp but he should be ready as he was training to fight on last week's card. Palelei can be an aggressive striker, though that's not always the case as he showed little of that in his lone UFC appearance. This one can go either way, but I'll give the edge to the recently awarded BJJ black belt Palelei who seems well-rounded enough to put the fight on the ground and finish with punches.
Pick: Palelei by TKO

Paulo Filho vs. Denis Kang
Less than three years ago Paulo Filho had a rivalry with Chael Sonnen in the WEC. Fast forward to now, the roles are reversed. At the time, Filho was considered the No. 2 middleweight in the world and now that label arguably belongs to Sonnen, who will be challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC belt in August. Filho is still a little mystery from his odd behavior from his WEC fights against Sonnen, to his facial tattoo to recent missed bookings. But we should have an idea on how he is once he weighs in for his return to middleweight after three fights in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. An in shape Filho should be able to catch a submission against Kang.
Pick: Filho by submission

Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Jeremy May
Here's a chance for TUF 7 cast member Jeremy May to find a second life in MMA, but that's unlikely. Rua is too experienced and should outclass May wherever the fight goes. Rua with the knockout.
Pick: Rua by TKO

Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor
Bustamante comes out of retirement and it should be interesting what he still has to offer after two-and-a-half years away from competition. Skill and experience goes to Bustamante, but I think the younger Taylor will present problems for the 43-year-old Bustamante. I would have liked Bustamante's chances more if he had a tune-up fight. I see Taylor controlling Bustamante for three rounds to win on points as long as he can defuse any submission attempts.
Pick: Taylor by decision

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