Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey (6-0-0) vs. Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche (7-2-0), 135-lb Women’s Bantamweight Championship
If Liz Carmouche can stay on her feet, she will take down the golden girl of women’s MMA. Don’t count out the former Marine. The problem is that if she wins, it throws a big monkeywrench into women’s MMA. Dana White is counting on Rousey winning, pulling in Miesha Tate or Sara McMann and building up women’s MMA off of Rousey. If Carmouche wins, then Cyborg Santos will need definitely need to drop ten pounds and save women’s MMA. I think Ronda Rousey will save women’s MMA and pull off the win. Carmouche has been preparing for the arm bar against second-rate arm bar practitioners. Rousey has been practicing the arm bar on Olympic-level judokas. Carmouche is a rough-and-tumble brawler with little else to add to her repertoire. Practicing for the arm bar with a bunch of amateurs will not help her. Meanwhile, Rousey has been training with two renowned boxing coaches as well, Edward Taverdyan and Lucia Rijker. Maybe this fight will go into the second round, but I still do not see Carmouche emerging with her arm intact. Given Rousey’s additional boxing training, Carmouche may even have a bloody nose to boot.
Lyoto “the Dragon” Machida (18-3-0) vs. Dan “Hendo” Henderson (29-8-0), 205-lb LHW
Even at the age of 142 I think Hendo still has some gas in the tank. This should be a good fight. Personally I like Machida, but I think Hendo will prevail. Hendo depends on his overhand H-bomb to tag opponents that he cannot out-wrestle. Machida is elusive and can counterpunch out of the H-bomb, but with losses to similar style fighters such as Rampage Jackson, Mauricio Rua, and Bones Jones, I am not sure that Machida will be able to run around the ring forever waiting on a counterpunch.
Urijah “the kid from the suckiest state in the nation” Faber (26-6-0) vs. Ivan “the Pride of El Salvador” Menjivar (25-9-0), 135-lb BW
I think Urijah is past his prime. He is still a damn good fighter but at this point in his career Menjivar will be to much for him. I think Faber is 0-4 when wearing his hair in corn rows. If the California Kid loses again, he may not have anymore divisions to hide out in. Jose Aldo destroyed him at 145. Dominick Cruz destroyed him at 135. I suppose he could shave off his hair and drop ten pounds, only to get destroyed by Demetrious Johnson at 125. I have not seen any improvement in Mr. Butt Face’s game since he was destroyed by Mike Brown. Twice.
Josh “I couldn’t think of a better nickname other than Koz” Koscheck (19-6-0) vs. Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler (19-9-0, 1 NC), 170-lb WW
The only I picked Lawler is that I do not like Koschek. I might be wrong on this one. More than likely, Koz will wear down Lawler. Ruthless will need to be ruthless early in the fight and go for a quick KO, just as Paulo Thiago at UFC 95 did in 2009. If the fight goes into the second and third rounds, Koz will likely wear down Lawler and win by decision. I dislike Koz enough to throw away this pick.
Court “the Crusher” McGee (13-3-0) vs. Josh “the Dentist” Neer (33-12-1), 170-lb WW
McGee is coming down 15 pounds to rearrange the Dentist’s face in this loser-goes-home bout. Neither fighter has been impressive lately. Perhaps the Crusher will find a new home in this weight division.
Undercard (FX at 7 p.m. CST)
Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson, 240-lb HW
Johnson is one of the hardest hitters in MMA. Schaub is looking pretty weak lately. Look for a KO from Johnson.
Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen, 155-lb LW
Chiesa is 8-0, all by submission. Look for him to get a SOTN.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice, 145-lb FW
Bermudez is another submission artist. Look for him to compete for SOTN.
Sam Stout vs. Caros Fodor, 155-lb LW
Do you remember when Sam Stout was good? I barely remember those days. Look for him to regain some former glory with a win over Fodor.
Undercard (Facebook at 5:35 p.m. CST)(All fights are 170-lb welterweight.)
Kenny Robertson vs. Brock Jardine. I won’t lie. I just flipped a coin on this one.
Jon Manley vs. Neil Magny. When in doubt, pick the black guy.
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort. Same rule as above.