This card is exciting. The fighters on this card are definitely going to go to war. On this card, we have a bunch of guys trying to get there name out there and that usually means that they will do so by any means necessary. Lets get to my predictions.
Main Event: Nate Diaz vs Gray “The Bully” Maynard – These two brawlers have fought before on the 5th season of The Ultimate Fighter which lead to Diaz winning in the second round via guillotine choke. However, since The Ultimate Fighter, Maynard has gone undefeated as he has become more of an experienced fighter. Nate easily has the submission experience but I believe Maynard will be able to defend the submissions that Nate will throw at him as he did with Jim Miller. In the end, I think The Bully will pick up the decision by take downs.
My Pick: Gray Maynard defeats Nate Diaz via Decision
Co-Main Event: Efrain “Hecho en Mexico” Escudero vs Evan Dunham – This battle is a battle between to undefeated fighters as of yet. Efrain has virtually all submission wins but impressed many when he KO’ed Cole Miller in his most recent fight. Evan Dunham also mostly has submission wins although I can not see him wanting to go to the ground with Escudero. This battle will be a stand-up battle to where I think Escudero will KO Dunham.
My Pick: Efrain Escudero defeats Evan Dunham via KO
Fight: Tom “The Dirty Mauler” Lawlor vs Aaron “A-Train” Simpson – The classic wrestler vs wrestler scenario. Both men come from wrestling backgrounds but only one of these men was a NCAA All American twice and that man is Aaron Simpson. With Aaron having the better wrestling of the two, this fight will most likely stay on its feet. Some would ask why Simpson wouldn’t use that superior wrestling of his to do the job but the answer is simple. Most of Aaron Simpsons wins come via stoppage by hands and I see this fight ending in the same way.
My Pick: Aaron Simpson defeats Tom Lawlor via KO
Fight: Amir Sadollah vs “Bad” Brad Blackburn – Coming off his impressive win over Phil Baroni, Amir Sadollah finds himself to be excited about his fight with Brad Blackburn. Amir Sadollah primarily uses his Muay Thai and Sambo while Brad Blackburn started off fighting at 22 as a boxer before deciding to become a Mixed Martial Artist. As a boxer, Blackburn could have the advantage with his hands but Sadollah showed great kicks that could keep Blackburn at bay. Blackburn, who has only ever been submitted once and most likely will not get submitted by Sadollah. Therefor I believe that this fight will go the whole way with Sadollah taking the decision.
My Pick: Amir Sadollah defeats Brad Blackburn via Decision
There you have em. Lock in your bets.