UFC on Versus 6 LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on September 30, 2011, 11:35 AM by Anton Gurevich
Joey Santosus: There's a reason this title fight is on free TV. Cruz, as impressive as his technique may be, doesn't produce highlight finishes. While it may be unfair to hold a Bantamweight to the same standard as one would hold a fighter of a larger weight class, the facts are the facts, and there's no reason to believe anything will change on Saturday night. After all, if it's not broke, why expect him to fix it? And while I would like to go on record stating that I truly believe Demetrious Johnson has all of the tools necessary to dethrone "The Dominator," doing so will be a tall order for the 5-foot-3 challenger. Dominick Cruz via Decision.
Anton Gurevich: As you may know, I'm a huge Dominick Cruz fan. He's in my Top 5 P4P list, and there's no doubt in my mind that "The Dominator" will get his hand raised on Saturday. Cruz is one of a kind fighter, with incredible movement and timing that help him to beat the gameplan out of his opponents. Now, Johnson paid his dues by beating two legends in Kid Yamamoto and Miguel Torres. But then again, Dominick Cruz is a whole different story. I expect Cruz to defend the takedown and pick Johnson apart before getting the TKO finish in Round 3. Dominick Cruz via KO/TKO in Round 3.
Stefan Struve vs. Patt Barry
Top Prediction: HD via KO in Round 1
Joey Santosus: There are an unusual amount of variables at play here. Aside from the freakish height difference, Struve is far more experienced on the mat, and while both fighters are high-level kickboxers, Barry's explosive power will be a constant threat to the Dutchman's suspect chin. What it comes down to, however, is whether or not "HD" can close the enormous distance he'll be presented with, deliver the money shot(s) and then get back out without being dragged to the ground. Considering that being the shorter man inside of the octagon is nothing new to Barry, I would likely be more confident in his ability to do so if he were facing a less experienced striker. However, Struve is well-equipped to hold his own in the stand-up, and I suspect he'll find a way to get the fight to the mat, even if he's forced to pull guard. Stefan Struve via 2nd Rnd Submission.
Anton Gurevich: I believe in Stefan Struve's abilities to weather the storm against Pat Barry. Struve had a very impressive training camp with Daniel Ghita and some of the other top Nederland kickboxers, so there's definitely a great work the Dutchman put behind this fight. Struve will use his reach to keep Barry away, before getting the action to the ground. From there, it will be a short way to Submission victory for the Skyscraper. Struve via Sub in Round 2.
Charlie Brenneman vs. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson
Top Prediction: Johnson via KO in Round 3
Joey Santosus: Everyone loves a good underdog story and Brenneman's is no different. After having the opportunity to compete on the Versus 4 undercard in front of his hometown crowd snatched away from him, he was given second life when he was promoted to the co-main event to replace Nate Marquardt. One wrestling-heavy gameplan and three-rounds later, he'd defeated budding contender Rick Story to propel himself up the Welterweight latter. As inspiring as the victory may have been, however, he'll now face a fellow wrestler in Anthony Johnson, who happens to excel in the weakest aspect of "The Spaniard's" game. Look for Johnson to make good use of his size advantage, shrugging off early takedown attempts while utilizing his superior stand-up to make Brenneman pay each time he steps into range. Anthony Johnson via 2nd Rnd TKO.
Anton Gurevich: After the fight with Rick Story, for me personally, it's hard to pick against a fighter like Charlie Brenneman. "The Spaniard" has all the tools to take Rumble down over and over again to grind out a Unanimous Decision victory, and that's exactly where my bet goes. Charlie Brenneman via Unanimous Decision.
Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig
Top Prediction: Wiman via Decision
Joey Santosus: These two first met back at UFC 115 in a bout that was largely highlighted by incompetent officiating. After sinking in a guillotine-choke just over a minute into the opening round, Wiman began signaling to the referee that Danzig was out. Though Danzig had never actually lost consciousness, Yves Lavigne promptly called an end to the match-up and awarded Wiman the victory. As short-lived as the fight may have been, though, it's hard to ignore how quickly Danzig found himself in such a bad spot. With that being said, I like Wiman to win again here, just don't expect Danzig to tap. Matt Wiman via Decision.
Anton Gurevich: Mac Danzig fought only once since UFC 115, but I believe he has more MMA firepower comparing to Wiman. Danzig has an excellent submission game and a pretty impressive striking, in addition, there's a psychological advantage to get a victory over Matt Wiman after the disastrous refereeing by Yves Lavigne at UFC 115. Danzig via TKO in Round 3.