LowKick.com UFC 121 Predictions; Submit your picks and win a free Main Event T-Shirt!Posted on October 21, 2010, 08:49 AM by Anton Gurevich
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Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez
Top Prediction: Lesnar via TKO in Round 2
Bloodstain Lane: Tough fight to call...but I believe Cain is the next thing big thing and feel like his cardio and youth will get him by. Cain 2nd TKO.
Daniel Cassidy: This is such a tough call. I think that the first fighter to take down his opponent will do enough damage to end it. If Cain can put Brock on his back, The Champ is in for a long night. However if he tries to strike against Lesnar, he could easily find himself pinned to the mat. I'm gonna go with my gut though and say: Valasquez r3 TKO.
Anton Gurevich: Cain Velasquez has enough qualities as a fighter to defeat Lesnar, but the most important question is if he can use all of his advantages in this fight. I love drama's and unexpected endings, so I'll pick Velasquez to win via a Submission in Round 4.
Joey Santosus: Cain Velasquez landed a total of 251 strikes to the head of Cheick Kongo and still failed to finish things. Without the necessary punching power to keep the champ from pressing forward it will only be a matter of time before Brock puts him on his back and does what Brock does best. Brock Lesnar via 3rd Rnd TKO.
Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Top Prediction: Shields via Decision
Bloodstain Lane: Shields is not the most exciting fighter but man is he good...he will grapple-f*ck Kampman to death and finally submit him in the 3rd via RNC.
Daniel Cassidy: A lot of people see this as an easy win for Shields, but I honestly expect an upset. Kampmann is a phenomenal striker, and seriously heavy handed. In all his previous fights, he has also shown great takedown defense, and almost submitted Paulo Thiago, a BJJ black belt. I see him keeping the fight standing, before carefully finishing it in the 2nd or 3rd. Kampmann via r3 TKO
Anton Gurevich: I'm almost tempted to pick Kampmann in this one, but in my eyes Jake Shields is going to leave the Octagon in this fight. Shields will do Kampmann the same thing he did to Dan Henderson, and that is to win via a dominant Decision.
Joey Santosus: Martin Kampmann is a dangerous striker with a strong ground game and solid takedown defense. The potential for an upset is real in this one. With that said, Jake Shields has shown an uncanny ability to neutralize even the most well-rounded fighters in the game and I don't expect things will go any different in his UFC debut. Jake Shields via Decision.
Paulo Thiago vs Diego Sanchez
Top Prediction: Paulo Thiago via Decision
Bloodstain Lane: TOUGH FIGHT to call. Should be a good win, but I think Thiago is the better fighter and will win a 3 round war.
Daniel Cassidy: I expect the more skilled Brazilian to land the bigger shots, but Sanchez to use his speed to catch Thiago. I'd be surprised if Thiago can put him away, but I definitely think he'll take Sanchez over 3 rounds, and leave as the winner. Thiago via decision.
Anton Gurevich: Bein a huge fan of Diego Sanchez' mental preparation, I think that after a disappointing performance against Hathaway, the "Nightmare" will go guns blazing in this one. Sanchez via TKO in R2.
Joey Santosus: Although Diego Sanchez is desperately in need of a win here, I don't like his chances. Thiago is a more effective striker and even if Sanchez manages to drag the fight to the ground, it is unlikely he will be able to control the Brazilian for very long. Paulo Thiago via Decision.
Tito Ortiz vs Matt Hamill
Top Prediction: Matt Hamill via Decision
Bloodstain Lane: This will the shittiest fight of the night. Two Double Leg guys...I think Hamill grinds out a 3 Round decision.
Daniel Cassidy: Given their previous relationship and the fact, to me, Hamill is a smaller version of Tito. I see The Huntington Beach Bad Boy doing what he does best, taking Hamill down and grounding out a tough but decisive win. A title run for Ortiz is out of the picture, but there are still one or two big fights left for him. Ortiz via decision.
Anton Gurevich: I have a feeling that this could be a surprisingly interesting fight. Ortiz won his last fight, four years ago, back in 2006. So he'll be pretty desperate for a victory here. HBBB via Decision.
Joey Santosus: Tito himself has admitted that Hamill is the superior wrestler and I agree. Couple that with his nagging injuries and I expect Tito will struggle taking Hamill down and keeping him there. With no ground, there's no pound and I'm not convinced that Tito can find another way to win. Matt Hamill via Decision.
Brendan Schaub vs Gabriel Gonzaga
Top Prediction: Gonzaga via TKO in Round 2
Bloodstain Lane: I can't stand Schaub. So I'm picking Gonzaga to take him down and land a crushing key lock for the win in round 1.
Daniel Cassidy: Coming off two very decisive (and quick) wins, I think Schaub will make it 3 in a row. While Gonzaga is a highly skilled fighter, he doesn't seem to show it often enough to be considered in the top 10, where as Schaub is on the rise. Schaub via R2 TKO
Anton Gurevich: I personally consider Gabe Gonzaga as a more well rounded fighter. The outcome of this fight depends on if Napao will take this to the ground. If yes, it will be a quick 1st Round Submission for the Brazilian contender.
Joey Santosus: With a black belt in BJJ, Gonzaga's path to victory against a far less experienced grappler is crystal clear. However, this will not be the first time the he has been lured into exchanging, and while both are powerful strikers, I expect Schaub's speed will equate to volume. Brandon Schaub via 1st Rnd TKO.