Cubicle Warrior’s picks for the July 7th fight: Silva, Cote, Griffin, Kim, and Mendes.
Chael Sonnen vs Anderson Silva, Middleweight Championship. In a rematch of UFC 117, Chael Sonnen seems to be the only human capable of defeating the Spider. Sonnen was laying the smackdown on Silva that night, landing 320 strikes and leading on all the scorecards against Silva only to lose at 1:50 of the final round due to submission. Sonnen has lost 8 of 11 fights due to submission, and I doubt he learned a lot of submission defense since UFC 117. I expect Silva to be smarter about absorbing strikes from Sonnen this time around, and I expect him to use his superior grappling to once again take out the cocky Sonnen.
Cung Le vs Patrick Cote. Le looked old as dirt in his UFC debut and loss against Wanderlei Silva. Patrick Cote’s last UFC match was a loss, but he has been riding a four-fight win streak in other organizations. I expect Cote’s cardio to carry him past the point where the older Le will be able to move his wheelchair around the ring. I liked watching Cung Le’s amazing striking back in the age of the dinosaurs, but I foresee an ugly loss for him in this one.
Forrest Griffin vs Tito Ortiz. Both of these guys looked like crap in their latest outings. Forrest just is not getting any better, and Tito is too injured to regain his former glory. I expect Forrest to suck less and win this match.
Dong Hyun Kim vs Demian Maia. Maia looked impressive in earlier fights, but has petered out lately. It may be even more difficult in his first fight at 170. Kim, on the other hand, has looked good in most of his fights. Other than his overturned loss to Parysan and his KO loss to Condit, he has shown that he can take some of the best fighters to a decision.
Chad Mendes vs Cody McKenzie. Chad Mendes would probably remain undefeated in his division if it were not for Jose Aldo. McKenzie is no Aldo, so I do not expect much from McKenzie. This fight will be a battle of the lay-and-pray wrestler vs the submission artist. I foresee the wrestler and Urijah Faber training partner, Mendes, coming out on top.
- Cubicle Warrior’s UFC 117 Picks, August 6, 2010 (walterkilar.wordpress.com)
- Cubicle Warrior’s UFC 126 Picks, February 1, 2011 (walterkilar.wordpress.com)
- Cubicle Warrior’s UFC 134 Picks, August 26, 2011 (walterkilar.wordpress.com)
- Cubicle Warrior’s UFC 136 Picks, October 8, 2011 (walterkilar.wordpress.com)