UFC 91: Pre-fight Thoughts

Pretty damn good card with championship ramifications, and several excellently conceived stylistic match-ups.


Hazelett vs. McCrory

This falls under the category of interesting stylistic match-up. McCrory is hella scrappy and fairly well rounded. Although McCrory has shown a vulnerability to submissions, he definetely has what it takes to survive a war with Hazelett. But it's his vulnerability to submissions that makes this fight interesting -- I would love to see another submission victory from McLovin'. If Dustin was fighting for DREAM he would be a huge star. The promoters would throw cans at him and he would submit them in overly fantastic fashion. The Aoki of the U.S.A.


Quarry vs. Maia

This is the classic match-up between striker & grappler -- my favorite kind! The question is:  Can Nate Quarry keep this fight standing? I don't think so! Enough said.


Gonzaga vs. Hendricks

Are we finally gonna see Gonzaga's BJJ get tested? I hope so. I don't know a lot about Hendricks, but he is suppose to have excellent BJJ, and when you couple that with a wrestling back ground, Gonzaga might be in trouble.  An all out HW BJJ clinic would be something exciting (something we are not likely to see in the Mir/Nog fight).


Sadollah vs. Catone

These TUF guys are pretty F'ing impressive. They come into it with little experience. They basically learn how to fight in front of the cameras, and then, less than a year later, they are taking on the best -- almost always looking much better then we could have possibly imagined. I expect more of the same in this fight. Catone is no joke, he is far from a can, and at the same time I can't believe that Zuffa would make this match unless they believed that Sadollah had the edge. I can't wait!


Florian vs. Stevenson

So much could be said about this match-up. I just wonder:  After Florian dismantles Stevenson, are the 'so called' MMA fans still gonna give him next to no chance against BJ?  Probably!  


Couture vs. Lesnar

I'm not sure what I can say that has not already been said. I'm sure every MMA fan has given this fight at least as much thought as I have. I believe that this is the most important MMA bout in recent history for a variety of reasons.  But I'll just give you a prediction:  Lesnar by complete and total annihilation. This is nothing against Cptn. America (my favorite fighter). Lesnar as champion will ultimately lead to the development of another weight class.


This is one of the best cards of the year and is head and shoulders above the upcoming UFC 92. Although UFC 92 has two title bouts -- UFC 91 actually has more interest in terms of title ramifications: Lesnar/Couture, Florian, Maia, Hazelett/McCrory -- all could be fighting for a title in the near future.


\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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