Mirko “Cro Cop” FilipoviÃ„“€¡ vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mirko Cro Cop is back following a dominate UFC debut against Eddie Sanchez. Cro Cop will face a real contentder in Gonzaga. Gabriel Gonzaga is not a push over. He is 3-0 in the UFC so far, 7-1 overall. Gonzaga must avoid the high kick and take Cro Cop down where he can use his submission game. Its going to be a good fight, but Mirko Cro Cop is a well rounded fighter with plenty of top notch experience.
Mirko Cro Cop by TKO/KO in the third round.
Lyoto Machida vs. David Heath
David Heath replaced Forest Griffin, after Griffin had to bow out of the fight due to a staph infection in his knee. Heath who has had plenty of time to prepare for this fight, will bring his 7-0 record into the ring against Lyoto Machida. Heath has had only two UFC bouts, in which he pulled out a very close decision to Canadian Victor Valimaki at UFC Fight Night 7. Machida on the other hand has a amazing record against top notch fighters, all be it years ago in different organizations. Machida is 1-0 in the UFC defeating Sam Hogar by decision(Unanimous) at UFC 67. Both perfect records will be on the line.
Loyoto Machida by decision over David Heath
Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic
The puff bout of the night. Bisping being from England, is the headliner for the local crowd. The UFC in my opinion has not even challenged Bisping. This fight is a puff, Sinosic is a Australian fighter with a loosing record 1-5 in the UFC. Sinosic record is like a who’s who of ass whoppings. He lost to Tito Ortiz, Evan Tanner, Alessio Sakara, Forrest Griffin, Renato Sobral, and many more. His only UFC win was at UFC 30 in 2001. This fight is for the English fans, not a real test for Bisping. I like Bisping, but cant tell if he is as good as the UFC has lead us to believe.
I have it Bisping by KO/TKO in the first round.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Fabricio Werdum
The “Pitbull” is back. Coming off a win against Marcio Cruz on New Years Eve, Arlovski takes on a worthy opponent in Fabricio Werdum. Werdum coming off a win over Fedors brother Aleksander Emelianenko, seeks to make a name for himself in the UFC. Werdum is 9-2-1, with his only two losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Sergei Kharitonov. Werdum has a good chance in this fight, he poses a treat to Arlovski on the ground. Arlovski has the definite advantage in the stand up. I will call this the fight of the night.
Arvlovski by decision.
Cheick Kongo vs. Assuerio Silva
Silva has a 0-2 record in the UFC. His two loses were from Tim Sylvia and Brandon Vera, two well rounded fighters. He is desperately seeking his first UFC win. He will be taking on Cheick Kongo, he former UFC heavyweight poster boy. The UFC was trying to make this guy into a real contender before the whole Cro Cop and Pride thing. Well Kongo just kept losing, he has no ground game what so ever. Good stand up but no skills on the ground. If Kongo has improved any on the ground, he might have a chance.
Assuerio Silva by submission in the second round.