I've been staying with my GF in St. Paul since wednesday, so thats why the blogs are so few and far between
Anywho, here are my predictions for UFC 122, in case anybody else is an MMA fan. Also, this just in, Alessio Sakara pulled out of his fight like 3 hours before it was set due to illness. More reports will follow.
Light Heavyweight bout: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic
The betting lines don't seem to align with the talk of this fight, as everybody and their grandma is picking Krzysztof to win. Goran is incredibly underrated, and hasn't looked up to his potential in has past couple of bouts. Goran is the new Cro Cop, with kicks that will register as 7 on the richter scale. Expect toppled buildings and a new germany relief fund after Reljic blasts "The Polish experiment" into the 2nd dimension.
Welterweight bout: Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta
Amir always puts on a show, but honestly this fight couldn't be less significant. Sobotta is better than the regular 0-2 UFC fighter, but this is a showcase fight for Amir.
Lightweight bout: Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner
This should be a really interesting standup battle, as we see a Muay Thai Karate hybrid take on some of the fastest hands in the UFC lightweight division. I don't expect this to see this on the ground, and im really RAELLY excited to see how this plays out. Can Siver's unorthodox kicks contain the handspeed of Winner? WHO KNOWS MAN, WHO KN OES.
Middleweight bout: Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
I see this as a pickum fight. Im pulling for Sakara, being an Italian, but this fight can go either way. Jorge has the advantage in power with his big right hand, but I see Sakara with virtually every other advantage. Should be a war on the feet, with somebody going to sleep before the fights over. Rivera is also getting pretty old, so if he loses this fight expect him to lose all relevance in the middleweight division. Other observations of note: Rivera has looked good recently fighting C level competition, where Sakara has looked good recently against more high level opponents.
Middleweight bout: Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami
This is a hard fight to call for me. On paper, Nate has too many advantages in too many areas, and should be able to overwhelm Okami late in the fight. However, we've seen Nate in this position before, against a similar opponent, who is actually a training partener for Okami, Chael Sonnen. Okami has the tools to beat MArquardt, with wrestling clinch work and pure muscle, but Okami has been underwhelming in the past. I'd like to pick the upset here, but Okami just doesn't strike me as the type of fighter who comes up big, especially against a fighter as dynamic as Marquardt.