Allistair Overeem vs Fabricio Werdum
One of the biggest questions in MMA will be answered in this fight. How good is Overeem? In my opinion, very. I think he atleast has the skills to compete with any top 10 HW’s. The Overeem that lost to Werdum isnt the same Overeem we’ve been seeing. This guy is much bigger, has increased the power in his striking and worked tremendously on his take down defense. Werdum is good, although he’s mainly known for his submission skills he doesnt get enough credit for his toughness. The only problem here for him is that Overeem is a better striker than Bigfoot and Fedor. Werdum wont be able to get this fight to the ground, which will leave him open and vulnerable to Overeems fists. Overeem by TKO.
Brett Rogers has one of the best rags to riches stories in sports. He went from putting on tires for a living to fighting the best heavyweights in the world. His only physical gifts are brute strength and work ethic. Watching his career and skills develop has been a pleasure, he’s gone from a brawler who relied solely on his size and strength to a somewhat respectable boxer. After Rogers last fight against the unheralded Ruben Villareal people dismissed him as overrated, forgetting that he fought a respectable and competitive first round against FEDOR. In this fight Rogers wont enjoy much of a size advantage, he will however have his power to fall back on. Can he avoid being taken down into Barnetts world where he will almost certainly be submitted? We’ll have to wait and see, but to me, the biggest question in this fight isnt about Rogers skills, its about where Barnetts head is at. Have all the steroid talk and licensing problems distracted Barnett enough to benefit Rogers? Time will tell. I think Rogers is the better striker here, he’s added some technical ability to his power over the years. If he’s shored up his take down defense I think this fight is his to lose. Im gonna go out on a limb here and pick Rogers by TKO early.
This fight is interesting to me. It’ll not only tell us how good Cormier is but whether or not Monson has anything left in his tank. Ive always had a soft spot for Monson, I like his look and I enjoy his fights. The way he used brutal and grinding strength in his submission game was always intriguing to me. Not to mention he was giving up absurd amounts of reach in some of those fights. Cormier has world class wrestling and a budding kickboxing game to go along with it. He’ll be able to dictate where this fight takes place. Monson doesnt have the wrestling to take Cormier down or the striking skills to threaten him. I think Monsons submission skills are still good enough to catch almost anyone but the key to this fight will be whether or not Cormier is confident enough in his striking to keep this fight standing. I think Cormier wins this fight by decision, Monson is still tough enough to gut out a fight he’s losing.
Chad Griggs vs Valentjin Overeem
Overeems biggest strength is his submission game, Griggs strength is his nonstop pace. Unfortunately for Overeem, his biggest flaw is that he just isnt very good. He wont be able to match Griggs grit, toughness or skills. Griggs takes this fight in a one sided beating. Chad Griggs by TKO.
Masvidal is overrated. His awkward and unique striking cant compete with Noons technical and powerful boxing and muay thai base. I think Noons batters Masvidal here, especially since theres little to no possibility he gets taken down and he can really let his hands go. Noons via KO.
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