LowKick.com UFC 120: Bisping vs Akiyama PredictionsPosted on October 14, 2010, 07:27 AM by Anton Gurevich
Michael Bisping vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
Most Popular Prediction: Michael Bisping via Decision
Anton Gurevich: I’m a huge Akiyama fan, and I truly believe that the Korean-Japanese will bounce back from a disappointing loss to Chris Leben. Akiyama will submit Bisping in Round 2.
Daniel Cassidy: Great potential match up, with very interesting clash of styles. Akiyama showed poor cardio against Leben, somewhere Bisping particularly excels in. Akiyama has the potential to take Bisping down at will, and work some submissions. On the feet, Bisping has a clear cut advantage. If he can keep his distance, he will pick Akiyama apart before finishing him. Bisping via TKO r3.
Joey Santosus: A lot of strong grapplers have had difficulty taking Bisping down and more importantly, keeping him there. With that said, Bisping should have no problem picking his shots and out-boxing Sexyama. Michael Bisping via Decision.
HunterB: After the tough lessons Akiyama has learned about gassing out in the third round, he will show up in the best shape since he came to the UFC. Akiyama via Decision.
Dan Hardy vs Carlos Condit
Most Popular Prediction: Dan Hardy via TKO in Round 2
Anton Gurevich: Just because of his training at Greg Jackson’s, Carlos Condit is a more well-rounded fighter in my opinion. I doubt that Dan Hardy learned Wrestling and BJJ in 9 months or so… Carlos Condit will outpoint Dan Hardy in a GSP-styled Unanimous Decision.
Daniel Cassidy: Mark my words here folks, this is a fight of the year candidate. I fully think Condit is taking Hardy lightly; the guy is one of the best and heaviest hitters in the division. He proved how tough he is to submit against GSP, so I don’t think Condit can do what the Champ couldn’t, even if he can put him on his back. I think this will be a war, although a relatively short one. Hardy via KO r2.
Joey Santosus: Since his failed attempt at dethroning GSP, Dan Hardy has worked adamantly on becoming a more well-rounded fighter. While I won't rule out a stoppage, I expect the work to pay-off as Hardy out-classes Condit in a three round war. Dan Hardy via Decision.
HunterB: Hardy's loss to GSP will only make him stronger and he is going to come back strong. Hardy via Decision, but this fight will probably win Fight of the Night and honestly could go either way.
John Hathaway vs Mike Pyle
Most Popular Prediction: John Hathaway via Decision
Anton Gurevich: John Hathaway is 14-0, and I really don’t think that Mike Pyle is the man to turn it into a 14-1. Hathaway via TKO in the later stages of the fight.
Daniel Cassidy: Should the same John Hathaway who dispatched of Diego Sanchez show up, i expect this to be quite one sided. Kyle's only advantage is his experience. I think Hathaway will walk this, taking all 3 rounds easily. Hathaway via decision
Joey Santosus: Hathaway passed the test that was Diego Sanchez in impressive fashion, but is now faced with a final exam in the form of Mike Pyle. While Pyle presents an entirely different set of equations than that of the "Nightmare," I expect Hathaway to once again have all the answers. John Hathaway via Decision.
HunterB: The only chance Pyle has in winning this fight is gaining top control the entire fight, which of course is not going to happen. Hathaway dominates yet another veteran. Hathaway via Decision.
Cheick Kongo vs Travis Browne
Most Popular Prediction: Kongo via TKO in Round 3
Anton Gurevich: Cheick Kongo via TKO (Hair Cut) in the First Round.
Daniel Cassidy: The undefeated Travis Browne will most definitely have his hands full with the superb striking of Kongo, but the Frenchman's chin could let him down. I expect a good exchange and a fun fight to watch, but i think unless Kongo finishes it early, Browne will catch him. Browne via TKO r3
Joey Santosus: Though Kongo is the more versatile striker, Browne's reach and power will make exchanging an unnecessary risk for him to take. Instead, Kongo will look to close the distance and secure the takedown, where he can land strikes from both the clinch and top position. Cheick Kongo via Decision.
HunterB: Not alot of people know much about Travis Browne, but I do, and i believe he will pull off a huge upset. Browne via TKO in the 2nd round.
James Wilks vs Claude Patrick
Most Popular Prediction: James Wilks via Decision
Anton Gurevich: Personally, I think that Claude Patrick is a better fighter. Yes, the local crowd will be a tough obstacle for the Frenchman, but I’m still confident that Claude Patrick will get a Submission victory there.
Daniel Cassidy: This will easily be the toughest test to date for Wilks, and given he got badly outclassed by Matt Brown, i fully expect him to be in too deep against Patrick. I think the Canadian will take an easy win, most likely with one of his patented Guillotine chokes. Patrick via sub r2
Joey Santosus: While Wilks is the more dynamic striker of the two, his wrestling is limited at best. Patrick will expose this deficit in the Brit's game as he forces Wilks to the ground and controls him for much of the fight. Claude Patrick via Decision.
HunterB: James Wilks is going to be desperate for a win, and having nothing to lose, I think he will take the fight to the ground and do what he has done best in the past. Wilks via Submission in the 2nd round.