Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway
MY PICK: Sanchez. I was aghast when Sanchez dropped down to 155. I think it’s too much weight for him to cut, and he was doing just fine at Welterweight.
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller
MY PICK: Bisping. As much as I don’t want that to be the case. I do think though that Dan Miller has a better chance than people think. Bisping has a wide variety of tools, but he often (and inexplicably) fails to utilize them in fights. Not a smart fighter.
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
MY PICK: Duffee. Everyone needs to calm the Hell down about Todd, since they’re going on a grand total of seven seconds in judging him. But, so long as he can stifle a takedown or two, he should have this.
Antonio Rogerio “Little Nog” Nogueira vs. Jason Brilz.
MY PICK: Little Nog. Not enough credit’s given to Nog for taking this fight. He gains nothing from it, and just as easily could have said “no thanks” when Griffin got injured so late. Someone can always get caught, and Nog is no exception (see: Sokoudjou). But Brilz, game as he is, is way out of his league here.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans.
MY PICK: Evans. The current trend after weeks of saying Evans was going to run away with this is to go with Jackson and say that people forget his wrestling and how powerful he is. They also forget that he was walking around four months ago looking like a dead ringer for Brett Rogers, and that’s not a compliment. He’s been off 14 months. To say his head isn’t in the game is an understatement; nobody knows where his head’s at. Meanwhile, Evans has stayed in the game and been improving despite his setback against Machida. I’d have tentatively picked Evans to win this fight a year ago. I still think he’s the hands-down pick now.