LowKick.com UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann predictionsPosted on March 3, 2011, 06:07 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann vs Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez
Top Prediction: Sanchez via Decision.
Daniel Cassidy: This is a definite contender for fight of the year, with two of the most exciting and explosive Welterweights set to lock horns in the main event. While Kampmann is clearly the better striker, Sanchez will have an advantage in the ground game, looking to utilize his superior wrestling. I think it will all come down to Sanchez's wrestling, and I think he might struggle to put the Dane on his back. I'll take Kampmann via decision.
Joey Santosus: Both of these fighters are out to prove a point. Takedown defense will be key here for Kampmann, as he looks to create distance and utilize his technical striking advantage. Diego is relentless and tough to finish, but I expect "Hitman" to keep it standing long enough to steal the first two rounds. Martin Kampmann via Unanimous Decision.
Ryan Christian Ventura: Martin Kampmann is a very capable striker and we've also seen his abilities on the ground. Even though he lost his last fight to Jake Shields, he shown in that fight that he is capable of giving elite grapplers a hard time. Diego Sanchez however I feel is a much more well-rounded fighter. He may not be as good as Kampmann on the feet, but if Diego can manage to take this to the ground he could get the W. I say Sanchez wins via. decision.
C.B. Dolloway vs Mark Munoz
Top Prediction: Munoz via decision.
Daniel Cassidy: As the resident Wrestling expert in Black House, Munoz has a lot going for him. That said, he has shown before he relies on it too much, and can be too one dimensional. Dollaway will know his opponent's gameplan easily. "The Doberman" has already shown an impressive array of submissions in previous bouts, and will be somewhat comfortable on his back. However, I think Munoz will frustrate and control the fight with his wrestling. Munoz via decision.
Joey Santosus: Dollaway is looking to get one back for his teammate Aaron Simpson, who dropped a decision to Munoz in November. The only advantage I can see for "The Doberman," however, is a five inch reach advantage. With that said, I still think Munoz has better stand-up and will do what he does best, which is grind out a hard fought victory. Mark Munoz via Unanimous Decision.
Ryan Christian Ventura: Mark Munoz Vs. C.B. Dolloaway will be a battle of the NCAA Division 1 wrestlers. Personally, I believe Munoz has more tools. Munoz in my opinion is not only much more stronger on the feet, but if it were to go to the ground or become a grappling match, Munoz has what it takes to beat Dollaway in all aspects of the game. I'd say Mark Munoz, TKO victory, Round 1.
Brian Bowles vs Damacio Page
Top Prediction: Bowles via TKO/KO R2.
Daniel Cassidy: While Page is no slouch, Bowles is clearly regarded amongst the top 5 at 135lbs. Despite a short record of 8-1, his only loss is against current Champ Dominick Cruz. With Bowles already holding a 1st round submission win over his opponent, I think the former Champ already has his opponents number. Like the last time, Ill take Bowles via submission in round 2.
Joey Santosus: The first time these two met in 2008, it took Bowles just three and a half minutes to submit Page with a guillotine choke. Assuming the former Bantamweight champ has recovered well from his injuries, I see no reason why history shouldn't repeat itself, as Page was submitted last November in the very same fashion by Demetrious Johnson. Brian Bowles via 2nd Rnd Submission.
Ryan Christian Ventura: I actually believe Brian Bowles Vs. Damacio Page could very well be the fight of the night. How many 135lbs bouts have you seen that were boring? Very few and I believe the opener of the main card will not disappoint. Bowles has not fought for a year since losing to Dominick Cruz, breaking his hand, and injuring his foot later in 2010. Damacio Page lost his last fight to Demetrious Johnson in November of 2010. Both will be hungry to get back to winning in their 2nd fight against each other (Brian won the first one via. Submission). After getting injured and being on the sidelines for nearly a year, I believe Bowles could be a bit rusty. I expect Page to get the W and return the favor. Ill take Page via. Submission in the 2nd round.
Alessio Sakara vs Chris Weidman
Top Prediction: Sakara via TKO/KO R1.
Daniel Cassidy: While I am a huge fan of Sakara, I really think people are underestimating Weidman because he is a relative MMA newcomer. To say the kid is talented is an understatement. Undefeated in MMA, his grappling credentials are exceptional. Many sites have him ranked as a top prospect, and I believe he lives up to the hype. I'll take Weidman via R2 TKO from ground and pound.
Joey Santosus: Weidman will make his UFC debut on short notice, with just four professional MMA fights to his name. Sakara, meanwhile, has been plagued by illness and injury and, as a result, has fought just twice in two years. Knowing what I know about Weidman, who beat UFC stand-outs Phil Davis and Ryan Bader as an All-American collegiate wrestler, I like him to put Sakara on his back and rain down hammer fists. Weidman via 2nd Rnd TKO.
Ryan Christian Ventura: Alessio Sakara's fighting career has been a roller coaster ride. From personal tragedies to injuries and illnesses. It has been nearly a year since we have seen Sakara fight and a big factor in this bout could be ring rust. Chris Weidman is a hungry fighter that has made his name in the Ring of Combat promotion in New Jersey. He'll be looking to make an example out of Alessio Sakara to prove his worth in the big leagues. I'm looking to see Chris Weidman get the win via. TKO in the 2nd round.
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