UFC on Fox 7 Picks

Yoel Romero vs. Clifford Starks

  • My Pick: Yoel Romero
  • Reasoning: Starks has largely relied on bullying his opponents with his large frame. He is extremely strong for his weight class and was even able to toss Ed Herman around a bit. But he’s finally run into an opponent who won’t allow it. Romero is a silver medal wrestler with some pretty heavy hands. He won’t be pushed around.
  • Confidence: Good

Anthony Njokuani vs. Roger Bowling

  • My Pick: Anthony Njokuani
  • Reasoning: I really like Bowling’s stand up, but he has trouble with strikers who are a bit more technical. Terec Saffiedine and Voelker both gave him a fair deal of trouble. With Njokuani having some solid muay thai, I think he’s point him to death from range.
  • Confidence: Fair

TJ Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana

  • My Pick: TJ Dillashaw
  • Reasoning: Still not sure why Dillashaw isn’t getting bigger step ups in competition. Since losing the Ultimate Fighter Finale, he’s demolished everyone he’s fought in impressive fashion. His wrestling is strong and finishing is a priority. Viana is undefeated, but his level of competition is also quite low.
  • Confidence: Great

Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal

  • My Pick: Tim Means
  • Reasoning: The upset pick here, Means is highly untested. The biggest name on his opponents list is Spencer Fisher, which was 8 years ago. However, his striking is annoying and dangerous at the same time. If he can frustrate Masvidal, he can make him make a mistake and score the upset.
  • Confidence: Fair

Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama

  • My Pick: Joseph Benavidez
  • Reasoning: Uyenoyama’s only hope in this fight would be to submit Benavidez. His striking is behind and he’s not going to out wrestle him. The problem is, if Benavidez doesn’t want this on the ground, it isn’t going there.
  • Confidence: Great

Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles Jury

  • My Pick: Myles Jury
  • Reasoning: Jury showed that he can hold off someone who wants to wrestle him down in the Johnson fight. Knowing that Nijem and Johnson have a similar style in that regards, I think Jury can keep this where he wants to and take a decision on his feet.
  • Confidence: Fair

Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin

  • My Pick: Lorenz Larkin
  • Reasoning: Two highly underrated guys, both who will make a jump into the top 15 or so with a quality win. Larkin, has the advantage here due to his footwork and boxing. Although it’s conceivable that Carmont gets him down, if Robbie Lawler had trouble, I think he will too. 
  • Confidence: Good

Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins

  • My Pick: Chad Mendes
  • Reasoning: Elkins has shown that he clearly has the skills to compete in the upper echelon on the division. However, Mendes has a very similar skill set and seems to be better in just about every area. Without a KO punch standing, I don’t see how Elkins can win this.
  • Confidence: Great

Happy Pickings,

Daniel

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