UFC 156 Aldo vs Edgar Picks

There’s been a lot of clamoring lately about the UFC giving title shots to those who don’t deserve it. Nick Diaz, Chael Sonnen and now even Alistair Overeem are at the front lines despite losing recently and being suspended. However, as I start this blog post today, I’d like to implore the UFC to get one thing right in the title shot department; give the winner of tonight’s main event Ricardo Lamas. This guy has been nothing but exciting and deadly since he set foot in this division. There’s no reason to wait, there’s not another test he has to pass, just please give us what we want, Joe Silva.

Shameless Plus: http://www.mma-manifesto.com/2013-articles/january/ufc-156-prelim-breakout-star-tyron-woodley.html

And now for some picks.

Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera

  • My Pick: Francisco Rivera
  • Reasoning:Francisco Rivera has shown off some really powerful hands. Sure, he tested positive for banned substances after that, but his technique cannot be discounted. Although Figueroa has also showed some solid boxing, watching him get outworked by Alex Caceres was a huge alert for me. Rivera works much faster and crisper and will likely get the best of  any exchanges here. 
  • Confidence: Good

Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura

  • My Pick: Dustin Kimura
  • Reasoning: I hate picking against RoufusSport fighter, because they always have such electric striking. However, Kimura has that killer instinct you look for in fighters. He finds every possible hole and goes at it at 100mph. I’ve also been increasingly impressed with his striking over the last four fights. 
  • Confidence: Fair

Yves Edwards vs. Issac Vallie-Flagg

  • My Pick: Yves Edwards
  • Reasoning: I feel like this guy has been fighting forever. Edwards had his first professional fight when I had just turned 8 years old. His experience really keeps him out of tricky situations, which I was impressed with in the Cody McKenzie fight. Vallie-Flagg also as a history of being submitted and The Thug Jitsu master has 17 submissions in his 42 career wins. Expect him to make it 18.
  • Confidence: Great

Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann

  • My Pick: Jacob Volkmann
  • Reasoning: Volkmann, one short year ago was grinding out  a 5-fight win streak and getting into title picture talks. Then he made a comment about wanting to fight Barack Obama and took a brutal submission loss to Paul Sass. Although he lost a lot of stock with those things, he seems to have retooled himself as a result of it. Whereas before he seemed to hold a position-first mentality on the ground, he quickly picked up a nice submissionvictory over Shane Roller. Green is a tough competitor, but his jiu jitsu blue belt will not hang with Volkmann
  • Confidence: Great

Jay Hieron vs. Tyron Woodley

  • My Pick: Tyron Woodley
  • Reasoning: To give you a brief rundown of what my article on him said (Prelim Breakout Star:  http://www.mma-manifesto.com/2013-articles/january/ufc-156-prelim-breakout-star-tyron-woodley.html) he’s got some really dominant wrestling. In addition, his ground control, ground and pound, and submissions have all really benefited from his time at America’s Top Team.
  • Confidence: Great

Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau

  • My Pick: Gleison Tibau
  • Reasoning: I have always been an Evan Dunham fan. He has a great ground game and uses his distance well to set things up. However, I’m just beginning to lose  little faith in the way he fights due to some of his previous encounters. On the other hand, nobody can argue with Tibau’s strength. The guy might be the strongest lightweight in the UFC. With Dunham being so lanky, I think if Tibau gets on the inside he could score the upset.
  • Confidence: Fair

Happy Pickings,

Daniel

 

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