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UFC 141 Picks (and unfortunately a brief mention of how I did at UFC 140)

Now, I would completely neglect to mention the last UFC eevnt, but I am all about accountabillity. 2-5. Yes, 2-5. Buit my overall record still sits at 43-26, so lets please move one. UFC 141 has some pretty interesting prelims. Lets see what they have to offer.

Junior Assuncao vs. Ross Pearson

  • My Pick: Ross Pearson
  • Reasoning: Ross Pearson is going to be a very strong 145er. He had a very solid build up a class and I think he’ll be stronger than ever down a class. Meanwhile, Assuncao’s only real hope to take out Pearson is to get him down and submit him and, to be honest, I just don’t see him getting the Brit down. So, how will it end on the feet? In the words of Clubber Lang “Pain”.
  • Confidence: Extreme

Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Njokuani

  • My Pick: Anothny Njkokuani
  • Reasoning: I am a huge fan of Njokuani’s kickboxing and Muay Thai. If you doubt it, look at his fight with Edson Barboza. Barboza is on a tear and the only minor trip up is a round where the Nigerian got the best of him. And sure, Castillo beat up Joe Daddy recently, but so could have my Mommy. Trust me, I’m visiting her this Christmas and she arm bar him.
  • Confidence: Good

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson

  • My Pick: Dong Hyun Kim
  • Reasoning: Both of these guys can grapple for sure. But I cannot, in good faith, pick against a guy who’s only loss can to Condits power and has been able to hold every single other guy down. His Judo is better and his ground game is better.  
  • Confidence: Good

Efrain Escudero vs. Jacob Volkmann

  • My Pick: Efrain Escudero
  • Reasoning: I might be the only one picking him, but Efrain is not as bad as people have made him look. I think in all honesty, he got fired from the UFC for not making weight (by a lot). A loss to Charles Ovliveira and Evan Dunham is nothing to shake your head at. His ground game happens to be quite good and even if Volkmann gets him down, I think Hecho could be dangerous from his back. Plus, add in hunger and desire not to go back to the minors.
  • Confidence: Fair

Luis Ramos vs. Matt Riddle

  • My Pick: Matt Riddle
  • Reasoning: Ramos doesn’t really seem to be able to finish anyone. Almost all of his wins come by decision. Riddle likes to push the pace and even though he hasn’t finished too many, the guy has power in his hands. We’ve seen it. More importantly, Massachusetts native Dan Simmler has seen it. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, look it up.
  • Confidence: Great

Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes

  • My Pick: Manny Gamburyan
  • Reasoning: Remember when this guy KO’d Mike Brown for a shot at Aldo? Yeah, me too. Remember when Nunes looked less than perfect against Brown and squeeked out a decision. Me too. Now, I’m not a big fan of MMAth, but…
  • Confidence: Good

So there you have it. Enjoy FRIDAYs fights, especially this enormous main card.

Merry Pickings,

Big Sexy


UFC 140 Gets a Guest Picker!

It’s been a few events since somebody has squared off with Big Sexy in a test of picks. Maybe I’ve scared them all off after beating Johny Hendricks and then UFC 140 fighter Walel Watson (twice). Regardless, we are proud to announce that Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh has joined us to tell us a little about how his training is going and who he thinks will take home the prelims Saturday night. The Hippo is a tough jiu jitsu ace from Australia who recently flashed some of that beautiful jiu jitsu in his UFC 138 stoppage against a very good Cyrille Diabate. Since moving to the UFC’s light heavyweight division Perosh is 2-0.

First of all, I would like to thank you for agreeing to take time out of your schedule to join us. I know you are a very busy man. How has the training been going since we last saw you in the Octagon and when do we get to see you back in there?

Anthony Perosh: I am waiting for confirmation of my next fight. I’m hoping it’s in Sydney on 4th March. This is my second week back at training and have been doing one session per day to get back to a maintenance fitness before my fight camp starts.

Great to hear. We’d love to see you back than as well and judging from the UFC’s past, I’m sure Joe Silva will be more than happy to promote a match with you down under. Let’s take a look at some of the fights this weekend. In your division we have Igor Pokrajac and Krzysztof Soszynski. Who are you taking?

Anthony Perosh: I’m tipping Igor cause he’s a good friend of mine and I really think he has all the keys to win this fight.

Well he certainly did look very impressive his last time out. How about Dennis Hallman and John Makdessi? A guy with a load of experience taking on a much younger prospect.

Anthony Perosh: Denis Hallman to avoid the strikes and take him down and win by submission.

He has won more than a few times that way. Moving on to the welterweight division we have Rich Attonito and Jake Hecht.

Anthony Perosh: Rich Attonito is too experienced for him and will win this one.

Alright, in the lightweight division we have two guys on the rise in Nik Lentz and Mark Bocek, both with phenomenal ground game, something you know a great deal about. Which ground game wins this one?

Anthony Perosh: Nick Lentz will win by avoiding Mark’s takedowns and taking him down.

I agree. Sometimes you have to look at the better wrestler and figure out if he’ll ever wind up on his back. How about Jared Hamman and Constantinos Philippou?

Anthony Perosh: Jared Hamman to win this battle of the strikers.

They both certainly do have their moments on their feet. How about Josh Cholish and Mitch Clarke.

Anthony Perosh: I’ll take John Cholish to win in his Octagon debut against Mitch who is making his Octagon debut.

Alright. Lastly, but certainly not least, we have my pick for fight of the night. In the bantamweight division we have hard-hitting striker Yves Jabouin facing off with Prelim Picker alumni and fast rising prospect Walel Watson. Who are you backing?

Anthony Perosh: I’ve got Walel Watson to win as he’s a little more well rounded.

Once again, I have to agree with you. He certainly seems to have the submission game to accompany those heavy hands. Well, thank you so much for letting us know what your picks are and we all look forward to seeing you in Australia in March. Good luck.

UFC 140 Picks (and a short finale recap)

Well, that’s yet another set of picks in the book and Prelim Picker came out on top again. This time going 4-1 bring the record up to 41-21, with 10 out of the last 12. This next batch has a good bunch of fights including a friend of Prelim Picker, Walel Watson. The question is, will his appearance on the site give him our nod?

Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

  • My Pick: Krzysztof Soszynski
  • Reasoning: Although both have had moments where they looked less than impressive, see either of their Bonnar fights (Krzysztof’s 2nd), The Polish Experiment has a much better ground game. Although it was during Stann’s time at light heavyweight, we have to think back to the time when he was forced to tap to Soszynski’s kimura, which is textbook. Add in his overall physical strength, which is tough to match in that division, and he gets a nod here. 
  • Confidence: Good

Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou

  • My Pick: Jared Hamman
  • Reasoning: I will grant you this, every time I see the Gustafsson highlight I cringe. It makes me never want to pick Hamman. But, I have to say, the drop in weight seems to be good for him as he looked a lot better against CB Dollaway. Plus, they’ve matched him up with a beatable, not to mention less experienced, opponent. I think Hamman utilizes his reach and makes this his fight. 
  • Confidence: Fair

Dennis Hallman vs. John Makdessi

  • My Pick: Dennis Hallman
  • Reasoning: Makdessi had one of the best KOs of all last year. As a matter of fact, had Black House not reinvented the front kick, he would had won KO of the Year. Although 7 of his 9 fights have ended exactly that way, I think Hallman might just be too experienced to get caught with one of his shots. Granted he has been KOed 6 times, but that is over his 67 fight career. Plus, whether you want to attribute it to luck, it being early in his career or the mafia, this is a man who beat Matt Hughes twice. Something I find very hard to overlook. Go with Hallman, but lets all pray for more clothes this time.
  • Confidence: Good

Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson

  • My Pick: Walel Watson
  • Reasoning: Sure, his striking looked flashy the last time out, but that’s not even the most impressive thing about the Gazelle. If you’ve seen any of his pre-UFC match-ups, you’d know that this guy grabs submissions from nowhere and they are locked in before his opponent knows what limb he’s going for. Nobody’s going to accuse Jabouin of being a ground fighter, leaving us with the statement: “his best chance is to stand and trade with Watson”. Doesn’t sound good to me.
  • Confidence: Great

Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz

  • My Pick: Nik Lentz
  • Reasoning: People have called me crazy for saying this, but Nik Lentz may be ONE OF the best pound-for-pound wrestlers in the UFC. I honestly believe that. Sure, he’s had some times where it’s looked less that perfect, but when it’s on, it is on. Bocek’s ground game is nothing to laugh at either, but I have a feeling he’s probably going to fight a lot of this fight from his back.
  • Confidence: Fair

Rich Attonito vs. Jake Hecht

  • My Pick: Rich Attonito
  • Reasoning: The Raging Bull is the uncrowned champion of the Ultimate Fighter’s 11th season. I honestly believe he could have taken anybody on that show that year if it wasn’t for his broken jaw. Although Hecht’s record is impressive, he is a newcomer facing a tough veteran.
  • Confidence: Good
John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke
  • My Pick: John Cholish
  • Reasoning: I know I haven’t given much love to Canada on this card, but unfortunately I’m not changing my tune here either. Cholish is very strong physically as you could see in his manhandling of Marc Stevens. Also, his stand up and head movement is significantly better than Clarke’s.
  • Confidence: Great

So there you have it, another one in the books. If you have any questions, or think you could do better than the Prelim Picker, feel free to check out the contact informantion in the About section and be sure to check out all of the fights this weekend. It should be a good batch.

Happy Pickings,

Big Sexy

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale Picks: That’s Right, Even These

Well, rule #1 kind of has to go out the window on this one. How do we not pick some house fighters knowing the entire prelim card is filled with them. But regardless, I promised picks on these fights so here they are:

Marcus Brimage vs Stephen Bass

  • My Pick: Marcus Brimage
  • Reasoning: Brimage is more compact and I think he really holds the ability to pick where this fight goes. Plus, although Bass clearly has the more impressive looking record (10-0 versus Brimage’s 3-1), Brimage looks to have picked up the biggest quality win between the two when he knocked out UFC vet Kyle Bradley. Add in the fact that Brimage trains at one of the best gyms for developing the ground game, ATT in Coconut Creek and I see it ending well regardless of the arena.
  • Confidence: Good

Dustin Pague vs John Albert

  • My Pick: Dustin Pague
  • Reasoning: I dare you not to like Pague. Dare you. The guy is probably the nicest person ever to walk into an octagon. Is that why I’m picking him though? Absolutely not. He is probably the toughest guy who stepped into the Ultimate Fighter house this season as was evident in the beating he took at the hands of TJ Dillashaw. He looked good in beating Louis Gaudinot and Bellator veteran Takeki Matsuda to get to where that beating took place. With all of this in mind rumors have also been flying that he’s picked up shop at the TapouT ranch for his upcoming fight.
  • Confidence: Great 

Roland Delorme vs Josh Ferguson

  • My Pick: Roland Delorme
  • Reasoning: Ferguson is just undersized in this battle. Shorter, lighter and with a significant reach disadvantage. This is one of those guys who would greatly benefit from a flyweight division, which is much more natural for him. With all of this working against him and Delorme’s ground game being as good as it is, I just don’t think he can pull it off. 
  • Confidence: Fair

Steven Siler vs Josh Clopton

  • My Pick: Steven Siler
  • Reasoning: Have we ever seen someone who didn’t make the house make the finale? I can’t remember any, but here’s Josh Clopton. Now, obviously, Dana must have seen something to invite him back, but what? He lost fairly easy decision to Dustin Neace. Siler, meanwhile, upset Micah Miller to get into the house before losing expectantly to Diego Brandao, most likely the champion.
  • Confidence: Great

Dustin Neace vs Bryan Caraway

  • My Pick: Bryan Caraway
  • Reasoning: Let me start off by saying, Neace should have been in the semifinals along with Caraway. Akira tapped. Bottomline. However, although I had Neace as a semifinal fighter, Caraway trains with some of the greatest lighter weight fighters in the world at Alpha Male, who excel in wrestling, which seems to be a gap for Neace.
  • Confidence: Fair
Well, there you have it. Not the prettiest ever seen, but I think this is great for the lighter divisions. There are some pretty good fighters in there and I think this will be a fairly decent boost to those divisions and maybe even the potential start to the flyweight division.
Happy Pickings,
Big Sexy