LowKick.com UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch PredictionsPosted on February 25, 2011, 02:16 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Jon Fitch vs BJ "The Prodigy" Penn
Top Prediction: Penn via R2 TKO/KO
Daniel Cassidy: As much as my heart wants to see Penn overcome Fitch, my head tells me it won't happen. As a huge Penn, I'd love to see him hand Fitch only his second ever UFC loss, but the more likely scenario will be Fitch lying on top of the former Champ for 15 minutes and earn another shot at GSP. Fitch via decision.
Anton Gurevich: Welterweight division is Jon Fitch's territory. I expect the AKA product to grind out another Decision, and for BJ Penn to experience the same type of fight he had against GSP at UFC 94. Fitch via Decision.
Joey Santosus: Penn's 21 second knockout victory over Matt Hughes, while impressive, wasn't enough to convince me his overall game is still up to par. Considering his performances against Edgar and his history of poor conditioning when fighting at Welterweight, I expect Fitch to outwork him for three rounds. Jon Fitch via Unanimous Decision.
Jorge Rivera vs Michael Bisping
Most Popular Prediction: Bisping via decision
Daniel Cassidy: As much as I would enjoy a repeat of the fight vs Dan Henderson, I don' think Rivera has that same power. While Bisping will stay patient and stay on the outside picking his shots, Rivera will get frustrated as the tries to make it a brawl. I'll take Bisping via decision.
Anton Gurevich: It would be terrible if Jorge Rivera gets knocked out after all the trash he spoke. This why I prefer to think we live in a perfect World, and "El Conquistador" finishes it via TKO in Round 2.
Joey Santosus: It's pretty obvious that Rivera's videos are a blatant attempt to bait Bisping into a brawl, which sadly says something about his confidence otherwise. Bisping is undoubtedly aware what a loss to Rivera would mean for his title hopes, so upset or not, "The Count" will fight strategically. Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision.
Ryan Christian Ventura: The smack talk between the two has been entertaining and I'm really looking forward to this bout. It's been a while since either two have fought anyone and both guys are really tough, but I think it could end with Rivera via. decision.
George Sotiropulos vs Denis Siver
Most Popular Prediction: Sotirpoulos via R2 Sub.
Daniel Cassidy: Like most, I was confused at the UFC announcing this match up. While Siver is a solid top 15 fighter, "Sots" is pushing his way into the top ten with an eye on the title shot. With an excellent ground game, I see him putting Siver on the matt, before tapping him out. Sotiropoulos via R1 Sub.
Anton Gurevich: George Sotiropoulos will prove once again he's a UFC Champion material. Siver is a dangerous fighter, but Sotiropoulos will get this one. Sots via Submission in R3.
Joey Santosus: Though he's being largely overlooked, Siver's low center of gravity makes him difficult to drag to the ground and his powerful striking makes him a knockout threat to anyone in the division. However, his recent remarks stating that he plans to submit Sotiropoulos make me a bit less confident in his chances here. George Sotiropoulos via 2nd Rnd Submission .
Ryan Christian Ventura: I think George's ground game will be too much for Siver, he should win via Submission in the 2nd Round.
Brian Ebersole vs Chris "Light's Out" Lytle
Top Prediction: Lytle via R2 TKO
Daniel Cassidy: Despite having over 60 pro fights, I don't think Ebersole has beaten anyone near the level of "Lights Out". A brawler with an excellent BJJ base, I see Lytle having the advantage wherever the fight goes. Lytle via R2 Sub.
Anton Gurevuch: Both fighters have tons of experience, and since the fight in Australia, Ebersole might even feel at home despite the fact that it's his UFC debut. I'll pick the upset here, going with Brian Ebersole via Decision.
Joey Santosus: I, like many, was disappointed to hear of Condit's withdraw from this match-up. With that said, I am confident that Ebersole will show up to fight. With 60+ pro fights dating back over a decade, this may be his last opportunity to make it on the big stage. In the end, however, I expect Lytle to capitalize on a mistake late in the fight to force the tap. Chris Lytle via 3rd Rnd Submission.
Ryan Christian Ventura: First of all, big props to Brian Ebersole taking this fight on short notice, with Carlos Condit being injured. However, Brian is stepping in last minute and I think Chris Lytle could win via. TKO in the first round.
Kyle Noke vs Chris Camozzi
Top Prediction: Noke via decision
Daniel Cassidy: With such a big hometown advantage, I find it hard to pick against Kyle Noke. It's a very winnable fight for the Australian, and I think Noke gets it done via TKO in the 2nd round.
Joey Santosus: Both of these Middleweights made their way onto the UFC roster as part of TUF 11 and have both gone 2-0 since that time. I like the Aussie native here. I wasn't impressed with Camozzi's last outing and had it not been for poor judging, Dongi Yang would have gotten the nod. If Noke doesn't seal the deal with a stoppage, he'll win on points. Kyle Noke via Unanimous Decision.
Ryan Christian Ventura: Chris Camozzi at only the age of 24 has already has 17 pro fights in his belt and was featured in season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. He has the cards all stacked up against him facing Kyle Noke. Noke not only has hometown advantage, he is a much more experienced fighter. I can see Noke getting the decision.
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