UFC 164 takes place this Saturday from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here are my predictions!
Erik Koch vs Dustin Poirier
Two hungry featherweight contenders with plenty to prove, this has “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Koch is incredible on the feet, but I really envision Poirier eventually getting this fight to the ground and going for several submission attempts.
Verdict: Poirier by Submission
Ben Rothwell vs Brandon Vera
Vera is moving up to Heavyweight for the first time since 2008. While he experienced the most successful run of his career at Heavyweight, Rothwell is bigger, stronger and has vicious knockout power. Unless Vera slowly wears Rothwell down with his superior cardio, I smell a potential “Knockout of the Night” for Big Ben.
Verdict: Rothwell by KO
Chad Mendes vs Clay Guida
Remember when Clay Guida was constantly pushing forward and putting forth exciting efforts? Those days seem like a distant memory. Guida’s last two performances have been uninspired and outright confusing. Chad Mendes has shown a greatly improved striking game since his first round knockout loss to Jose Aldo in early 2012. I see Mendes controlling this fight both on the feet and on the ground.
Verdict: Mendes by Unanimous Decision
Frank Mir vs Josh Barnett
Josh Barnett returns to the UFC after an 11-year hiatus and I personally couldn’t be any more excited to witness the “Warmaster” step foot inside the Octagon against a former champion in Frank Mir. These are arguably two of the greatest grapplers in MMA history. While Mir has a slight edge on the ground, I would give Barnett the definite advantage on the feet. I foresee Barnett utilizing his catch wrestling to consistently take Mir to the ground, where he will grind away to victory.
Verdict: Barnett by Unanimous Decision
Benson Henderson © vs Anthony Pettis
Anthony Pettis is one of the most exciting and dynamic strikers in all of MMA, but Benson Henderson is as well rounded as they come. Both remain even in many aspects of the game, but Benson has the definite edge in the wrestling department. Surprisingly, I see Benson being sucked into a stand up battle where he will narrowly out point Pettis to retain the Lightweight Championship.
Verdict: Henderson by Split Decision
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