This weekend presents one of the most stacked UFC cards in recent memory. It is live and free on Fox. Here are our predictions:
Matt Brown Vs. Jordan Mein
Matt Brown was on the verge of being in the unemployment line two years ago, having lost four of his last five bouts in the UFC. Now he is riding a huge wave of momentum, winning his last four bouts. He is competing against Jordan Mein to start off the main card. Jordan Mein made an emphatic state in his octagon debut, defeating always durable Dan Miller by TKO 4:42 of round 1. Look for Mein to continue his winning ways and to truly make a statement on nationalized television.
Prediction: Jordan Mein def. Matt Brown by TKO round one.
Josh Thomson Vs. Nick Diaz
Josh Thomson is returning to the UFC after a nine-year hiatus to compete against one of the best lightweights in the world, Nick Diaz. Both of these fighters were unable to successfully win their organizations lightweight titles respectively. Nate Diaz has always had more of an in-your-face style that has caused problems for everyone except for Benson Henderson. Look for Diaz to continue with his relentless pace and control the bout in his favor.
Prediction: Nate Diaz def. Josh Thomson by unanimous decision.
Daniel Cormier Vs. Frank Mir
Daniel Cormier’s UFC debut is against veteran Frank Mir. This fight is more important for Mir then Cormier as he is fighting to keep himself relevant in a highly competitive heavyweight division. Cormier knows that this fight will put him on the right track and can set up a future title shot. Look for Daniel’s wrestling and relenting pace to be too much for Mir to handle. If you don’t know about Daniel Cormier, you will find out on Saturday.
Prediction: Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir by TKO (Ground and Pound) round 2.
Benson Henderson Vs. Gilbert Melendez
This fight has all the necessary elements to become an instant classic. Both fighters are extremely durable and have great cardio. They’re the top two lightweights in the world fighting on national television. There is plenty of pressure for both athletes in this fight. Benson has just a little bit more in his arsenal and that will be enough in the scorecards. Look for this fight to go five rounds.
Prediction: Benson Henderson def. Gilbert Melendez by unanimous decision.