Middleweight (185 lbs): Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-4) vs. Chris “All American” Weidman (9-0). Weidman certainly has the size (6’3″, 186 lb, 78″ reach) and the wrestling background to upset Silva (6’2″, 185 lb, 77.5″ reach). Weidman has a brown belt in BJJ and NJCAA All-American at 197 pounds. He also has great elbows that can knockout an opponent (KOTN over Mark Munoz), as well as a good wrestling/BJJ foundation–he has won by standing guillotine (SOTN over Jess Bongfeldt) and put Tom Lawlor to sleep with a d’arce choke. He was the last Ring of Combat middleweight champion, but he has not shown much in the UFC to lead me to believe that he can beat Anderson Silva. When building up Chris Weidman as a legitimate contender, Joe Rogan echoed the prediction he had with the Chael Sonnen fight. Weidman is a more rounded fighter than Sonnen, so if you believe that Sonnen would have won his first fight had he known BJJ, then there is reason to believe in Weidman. Weidman did defeat current UFC light heavyweights Ryan Bader and Phil Davis in college wrestling, so there is reason to believe that the All American can win by out-wrestling the Spider. I want go with the safe bet in Anderson Silva, but I would not be surprised if Weidman upsets the champion. My gut says to go with Weidman, but logic says to go with Silva. Cubicle Warrior’s prediction: Weidman for the upset in a decision. There! I said it.
Featherweight (145 lbs): Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (15-4-1) vs. Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (16-3). Despite Oliveira’s size advantage, I do believe that he was pitted against Edgar in order to minimize the chances of Edgar going into a three-fight losing skid. Oliveira has been KO’d or subbed by some marquee fighters–Cub Swanson, Donald Cerrone, and Jim Miller. Most of Oliveira’s victories have been submissions over nobodies, and Edgar is not a nobody. Cubicle Warrior’s prediction: Edgar by decision.
Middleweight (185 lbs): Roger Gracie (6-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (15-4). Do not let the Gracie name fool you–he barely got past Keith Jardine. Kennedy is a staff sergeant who earned a Bronze Star while serving in the 7th Special Forces Group and has notched a notable win over Robbie Lawler. Cubicle Warrior’s prediction: Go Army! Kennedy by decision.
Featherweight (145 lbs): Cub Swanson (19-5) vs. Dennis Siver (21-8). Cub Swanson will always be remembered as the guy on the wrong end of the fastest KO in UFC history, an 8-second pasting due to double flying knee from Jose Aldo. Since that loss, Swanson has lost two fights and KO’d some nobodies. Siver has lost to some middle-to-upper tier fighters, and has convincing wins over average fighters. I give Siver the slight edge in this fight. Cubicle Warrior’s pick: Siver by decision.
Middleweight (185 lbs): Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch (16-5) vs. Mark “Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz (12-3). Neither fighter is very impressive. Both have embarrassing losses on their resumes. Neither has very clean technique. I will flip a coin and give it to the Filipino Wrecking Machine, whose latest loss was due to an elbow from the main card fighter, Chris Weidman. Cubicle Warrior’s pick: Munoz by decision.
- Chris Leben over Andrew Craig by TKO (Middleweight).
- Gabriel Gonzaga over Dave Herman by TKO (Heavyweight).
- Edson Barboza over Rafaella Oliveira by TKO (Featherweight).
- Norman Parke over Kazuki Tokudome, just because he is Irish.