UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen PredictionsPosted on August 7, 2010, 05:55 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will square off this Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California for the UFC Middleweight title, in a headliner of the stacked UFC 117 event. The picks for the event will be closed Today at 3PM E.T. If you are yet to submit your picks, please visit the "Events" section. For the full UFC 117 Weigh-ins gallery please visit CombatLifeStyle.com
Here's the predictions of LowKick.com staff about who will win this night on the UFC 117 Main Card:
UFC Middleweight Title Fight: Anderson Silva (26-4) vs Chael Sonnen (24-10-1)
Most popular prediction: Anderson Silva via Round 2 TKO
Daniel Cassidy: The talking is done. Now all that matters is what happens when the cage door closes. Sonnen fully believes in himself, and soon we will find out if he can actually deliver on his promises. Nobody can deny Silva is easily one of the best and most exciting on a good day, and will need to be his best to beat Sonnen. He will look to throw Silva to the mat at every opportunity and control him. While Silva could arguably end it by KO at anytime, i think Chael could just squeeze out a victory, especially with how he so efficiently shut down Nate, so I’m going with an upset: Sonnen R4 TKO (Ground and Pound)
Anton Gurevich: I was about to root for Chael Sonnen in this fight, but the Oregonian’s behavior on final days before the bout, filled me with a good amount of skepticism. I firmly believe that the key in this fight is Chael Sonnen and how he’s going to approach Anderson Silva. Mentally focused Sonnen in a “Beserk Mode” can cause a lot of troubles for “The Spider”, and maybe grind out a decision after 25 minutes of Ground-and-Pound. But Chael’s recent denial of what he said about Lance Armstrong, Tapes of Anderson Silva and the Press Conference staredown made me doubt his abilities. Anderson Silva via R1 Submission.
Matt Hughes (44-7) vs Ricardo Almedia (12-3):
Most popular prediction: Matt Hughes via Decision
Daniel Cassidy: Three years ago, and you would be crazy to pick against the UFC Hall Of Famer. But at 36, can he still run with the newer breed? Hughes striking has always been one of the weaker aspects of his game, and while Almedia has an excellent arsenal on the ground, he possesses a good enough level of stand up to give Hughes problems. Almedia is comfortable on his back as Hughes is on top, but Almedia has plenty of submissions. I see Hughes putting Almedia on his back a few times, but succumbing to a submission in the second or third. Almedia R3 Submission
Anton Gurevich: Many people for some unknown reason consider Matt Hughes much older than Ricardo Almeida, despite the insignificant three-year difference between the two. What will play the most important part in this fight is Matt Hughes’ experience and an incredible ability to force his own game on opponents. Ricardo Almeida has never faced someone of Matt Hughes’ caliber, as the victory over a UFC Hall of Famer will definitely award him an entrance ticket to the promotion’s Welterweight elite...but not at UFC 117. Matt Hughes will dominate the fight with takedowns and ground and pound all the way to victory. Hughes via Unanimous Decision.
Clay Guida (26-11) vs Rafael Dos Anjos (14-4):
Most popular prediction: Clay Guida via Decision
Daniel Cassidy: Ok, first of, this is possibly Fight of the Night right here. Guida always delivers. He's not the kind of guy who's going to wear UFC gold anytime soon but is a solid fan favorite with a well rounded skill set. While Dos Anjos is a superb grappler, his submission are near flawless, I see this being a fast paced, action packed war, with no fighter really able to get the better of the other. Both are evenly matched and will be a good showcased for the Lightweight division so I'm picking Guida by Decision.
Anton Gurevich: Clay Guida is always fun to watch, and I’m sure the fight against Rafael Dos Anjos will live-up to the expectations. Dos Anjos is a good well-rounded fighter, but I truly believe that Clay Guida’s will be able to keep out of submissions and grind out a decision. Rafael Dos Anjos coped well with the aggressive Terry Etim, but Clay Guida is second to none when it comes to testing the heart of his opponents. The Carpenter via Unanimous Decision.
Jon Fitch (22-3-1) vs Thiago Alves (16-6)
Most popular prediction: Jon Fitch via Decision
Daniel Cassidy: Given this is a comeback fight for Alves, with a title shot on the line, expect to see the best Jon Fitch and the best Thiago Alves. While Fitch’s wrestling is a notch above everybody in the division, except GSP, he is not really known for finishing fights. I expect Fitch to wear Alves down with takedowns and ground control, but Alves to put his heavy hands to good use and catch Fitch at some stage. If Alves lands one punch, it could be lights out. Alves R2 TKO.
Anton Gurevich: The match-up between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves is a dream of any hopeless statistics lover (Yeah, that’s me). Fitch’s last TKO victory was against no other than Thiago Alves, more than four years ago. If Thiago Alves succeeds in his mission to keep the fight on the feet, Jon Fitch will go to sleep sooner than expected. Fitch has nothing to offer Thiago Alves in terms of stand-up, and the fight against Mike Pierce at UFC 107 is a clear indicator of his lacking striking abilities. Ring rust? I don’t believe it will be an issue. The question is if Thiago Alves learned something from the fight against GSP, and if he did it will be a R1 KO for “The Pitbull”.
Roy Nelson (15-4) vs Junior Dos Santos (11-1)
Most popular prediction: Junior Dos Santos via Round 1 TKO
Daniel Cassidy: Another fight on a fantastic card which promises to deliver. Despite appearances, both fighters are fairly evenly matched. Both are known for having One Punch Knockout power, and both are believed to have great ground skills. Both are confident in their hands, and I don’t see this one going to the mat. I see both keeping it standing, delivering heavy shots until one of their chins give out, and given Dos Santos has never been KO'd, I think Nelson's will go first. Dos Santos R2 KO
Anton Gurevich: Big Country Roy Nelson is a serious fighter, but I personally don’t see his striking anywhere in the region of Junior Dos Santos. Junior Dos Santos is at least as good as Andrei Arlovski (at his prime) when it comes to stand-up technique, and that’s exactly why Roy Nelson will lose this fight. Big Country proved that he should not be underestimated, but JDS is a much stiffer competition that Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve, young guns who lacked the experience against Big Country. Roy Nelson’s only hope is to bring the fight to the ground and capitalize on his incredible grappling skills. Somehow I don’t see it happen. JDS via R1 KO.