I went 3 for 9 on my predictions for UFC 69. Keep in mind that means I did worse than someone who flipped a coin to decide who would win each match. Pathetic, right?
Well, I redeemed myself a little. I only wrote about three matches, but I got them all right. Which ones you ask? The F. Emelianenko vs. Lindland, A. Emelianenko vs. Pele, and Thompson vs. Alvarez fights at the BodogFight PPV event in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.
My assessment? A slight edge goes to Thompson in this fight. He has the size and reach advantage over Alvarez as well as the wrestling and experience. He will also likely come into the fight with a patient and well thought-out gameplan. Alvarez will also come in in-shape, but as the fight goes into the third and fourth rounds his lack of experience may lead to mistakes. The veteran Thompson will quickly exploit any openings for the dominant finish.