TUF Finale Picks

Maximo Blanco vs. Sam Sicilia

  • My Pick: Maximo Blanco
  • Reasoning: Blanco throws heavy leather and, if you’ve seen the Chang Hyun Kim fight, some mean kicks too. In addition, his sometimes frantic style will likely tempt Sicilia into throwing wildly. If it turns in to that kind of fight, the fans should win regardless of the outcome. However, it should be noted that Blanco has shown a very good chin and Sicilia was KOed last time out. 
  • Confidence: Good

Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda

  • My Pick: Justin Lawrence
  • Reasoning: Lawrence is a freaky talent. He’s got some great stand up and has improved everytime I’ve seen him. Sure, he got caught by an equally talented and equally young Max Holloway, but that surely doesn’t discount his multiple golden gloves and kickboxing accolades. Could Pineda take him down and submit him? Sure. Does he want to get close enough to try? 
  • Confidence: Great

Cole Miller vs. Part Palaszeski

Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde

  • My Pick: Clint Hester
  • Reasoning: These guys share a similar build and skill set. Both look like they should never make 185 and both will likely try to stand and bang. The fact that Hester has professional boxing experience should tip the scales in his favor in that aspect. His survival instincts are also quite a bit better as is apparent by when he forced Douglas Lima to decision. 
  • Confidence: Fair

Dylan Andrews vs. Jimmy Quinlan

  • My Pick: Jimmy Quinlan
  • Reasoning: This pick instantly pains me. Dylan Andrews is everything I miss about old school MMA. He’s got heart, guts and knows when he’s down he’s got to throw with reckless abandon. Too many times now I see fighters clearly down two rounds and they get complacent. I love watching him fight. However, I don’t think he’s going to be able to fend off the takedowns of Quinlan or be able to get back up once he’s down. A collegiate wrestler, Quinlan has also won multiple Pan-Am championships. 
  • Confidence: Good

Luke Barnett vs. Collin Hart

  • My Pick: Collin Hart
  • Reasoning: Barnett looked impressive in his short stint on the show. He clearly possesses a stiking advantage in the match up and Hart will surely have to be aware of that knee that he loves to throw. However, Hart’s wrestling may easily become the deciding factor here. I don’t expect Barnett to be able to submit Hart off of his back and, if Hart plans accordingly, that’s where the fight will take place.
  • Confidence: Fair

Kevin Casey vs. Josh Samman

  • My Pick: Josh Samman
  • Reasoning: Josh seems to have the advantage over King in every way. Sure King has some very solid jiu jitsu, but his chances of taking the fight there are slim. Samman has the better wrestling. Samman has far better striking.
  • Confidence: Great

Happy Pickings,

Daniel

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