LowKick.com UFC Fight Night: Davis vs. Nogueira Predictions

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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Phil Davis
Top Prediction: Davis via Decision

Anton Gurevich: I think that Phil Davis became a “hype victim” following Jon Jones’ victory over Shogun Rua. Little Nog has enough skills and experience to get back on track in this one. Nogueira via Submission in Round 2.

Ryan Ventura: Phil Davis has the tools to become a world champion one day. But I believe Lil Nog’s experience, stand up, and BJJ Black Belt gives him a big edge in the fight. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via 2nd round submission.

Joey Santosus: If Nogueira can find a way to keep the fight standing, then Davis could be in over his head. However, the Brazilian hasn’t fared well against competent wrestlers as of late, and I don’t like his chances facing a four time Division I All-American on Saturday.  Phil Davis via Decision.

Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson
Top Prediction: Johnson via TKO in Round 2

Anton Gurevich: Ring rust might be an issue for Rumble Johnson in this one. Hardy needs this victory, and I’m pretty confident he’ll get it. The Outlaw via TKO in Round 3.

Ryan Ventura: Neither man likes to go to the ground or grapple, I expect to see bombs fly, and someone getting dropped in the first round. Hardy has been rocked before and Rumble will be the one left standing. Anthony Johnson via TKO 1st round.

Joey Santosus: This one is tough to call on paper, but Johnson’s sizable weight cut, coupled with nearly a year and a half of inactivity, makes me question how much gas he will have in the tank.  Hardy, on the other hand, is the more technical striker and has went five rounds with GSP.  Dan Hardy via 3rd Rnd TKO.

Amir Sadollah vs. DeMarques Johnson
Top Prediction: Sadollah via Decision

Anton Gurevich:  Sadollah’s superior striking skills will be a key factor in this fight. Unfortunately for Johnson, I don’t think he has the necessary tools to survive against Sadollah. TUF 7 winner will end it via TKO in Round 2.

Ryan Ventura: Amir Sadollah may not have as much experience as DeMarques Johnson and is a few inches shorter, but I believe he is a much more well-rounded fighter. Amir Sadollah via. Decision.

Joey Santosus: This should be a closely contended bout, but I find it hard to pick against Johnson here.  He appeared very determined against Guymon and has the boxing credentials to hang with Sadollah’s striking game long enough to bring him to the mat and capitalize.  DaMarques Johnson via 2nd Rnd Submission.

Jung Chan-Sung vs. Leonard Garcia
Top Prediction: Korean Zombie via Decision

Anton Gurevich: Wow, I still can’t believe we get to see the second chapter between KZ and Garcia. Well, it’s a tough match-up, but I definitely don’t think it will go to distance this time. Korean Zombie via Submission in Round 2.

Ryan Ventura: I expect this fight to pick up where the first one left off, except this time there will be no garbage decision. The Korean Zombie is coming into this fight hungry and has been training hard with Uriah Faber. Korean Zombie 2nd round Submission.

Joey Santosus: It’s hard to say whether or not we can expect to see anything close to their first outing, but I can’t imagine either fighter taking the fight to the ground.  Assuming the judges can get it right this time around, “The Korean Zombie” should do enough to outpoint Garcia (again).  Chan Sung Jung via Decision


28 Comments

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    Osnizzle

    March 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Davis, Hardy, Garcia FTW

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    DeadlyIntentions93

    March 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Lil’ Nogs stand up is over-rated, very predictable too.
    Davis should dominate every aspect of this fight IMO.

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    Anton Gurevich

    March 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    There might be some truth in your words, but still, I have a feeling that Nog will prove critics wrong in this one. There’s a lot of hype behind Davis, but he’s still not Jon Jones imo.

    The simple difference between Jon Jones and Phil Davis is that Jon Jones is good in both striking and wrestling. So far, I’ve seen only wrestling from Davis…. and you can’t win forever by just wrestling out your opponents.

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    DeadlyIntentions93

    March 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    His striking has been improving each fight, even though he hardly has the best technique, he has unique strikes, a lot like Jon Jones.

    Both Jones & Davis will be around for a long time that’s for sure.

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    phacemon

    March 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    In Davis’s last fight he wasn’t doing too well in the striking area. He was left with no choice but to take it to the ground where he was more comfortable. Nogueira poses a lot of problems for Davis. It will be interesting to see if Lil Nog finishes him early or wins by decision.

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    David Saucier

    March 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Look how Lil Nog does against guys that take him down he loses those dec except for the shitty Brillz dec. I see Davis doing the same thing. Pulling for AJ one of my fav, and a Cung Le protege, and the Korean Zombie hopefully will stop the trend of Asian fighters getting screwed.

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    postmortem

    March 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    maybe not all your opponents but a old and tired lil nog you can wrestle to death. i hate to sound so negative on the guy but his glory days are over and to tell the truth they were never that glorious to begin with

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    HunterB

    March 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    i wouldnt bet on that

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    808scrappah

    March 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I would

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    griffin

    March 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    i like Joeys Hardy vs Johnson prediction. I think Hardy will be smart and take the fight to the later rounds to gas out Johnson and eventually KO him.

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    Ryan Ventura

    March 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I got reliable insider sources that tell me Rumble is in some of the best shape of his life, I stick by what I said about him being Hardy.

    *sigh* too bad these guys gotta fight, I like them both. It’ll be exciting.

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    mma420

    March 26, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Nog,Rumble,Sadollah, Korean Zombie

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    DeadlyIntentions93

    March 26, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Well his kicks looked improved in the Wallace fight before that.

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    kalmander

    March 26, 2011 at 12:51 am

    MR WONDERFUULLLLLLLLLLL I LOVE YOU

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    Kevin

    March 26, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Davis’s wrestling will run through lil Nog. Davis is a natural athlete and I see him being in the top 5-7 of the light heavy division very shortly.

    Amir and Demarques will be a much more entertaining fight.

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    azzkika

    March 26, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I’m not so sure. I think Davis is a potential rival to Jones but Nog is getting overlooked i think. I thought he had done enough to beat Bader and was robbed. I still think Davis willwin but by no means a gimme and a win for Nog would be no surprise. It will be a good test of davis stand up.

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    D

    March 26, 2011 at 5:42 am

    If you don’t think Davis is going to win, you need to watch Noguiera vs Brilz. Brilz won that fight, although the decision went to little Nog.

    Davis is just Brilz with more athleticism, an even higher level of wrestling and better standup and submissions.

    Lil Nog has one submission in the last 5 years. He is not going to get another tomorrow.

    Phil Davis by TKO. Ground and pound in the second.

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    dray12

    March 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

    It’s weird I have that same feeling about Korean Zombie too…

    Hardy should win though, unless JOhnson has made surprising improvements on his layoff, or decides to make it a wrestling match….

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    kalmander

    March 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    wtf is this

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    jesse

    March 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    the nogueiras are too unathletic to compete with high level fighters these days.

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    Lokkey

    March 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I like Hardy, but i think that Johnson is going to win this.

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    Lokkey

    March 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    And Nogueira by 2round TKO

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    THEGREEKWARRIOR7

    March 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    how does Phil Davis become a hype victim from bones jones last win? Sure they are both black, and yeah maybe they trained together, but its not like Phil Davis WAS IN that fight… o.0

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    IGMBurninPiff

    March 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Rumble isn’t just a striker though. he’s a wrestler he decided striking was more fun and he had a gift. I have Rumble to mow him down on the feet. I think he’s faster has better reach and power so I don’t see Hardy beating him unless he lands a lucky bomb really. but if somehow Hardy does land a few and Rumble doesn’t like the way they feel he can always take him down and GnP him out. he hasn’t used it in the UFc yet but based on his wrestling background Hardys lack of Takedown defense and Rumbles long power he’ll dominate on the ground if he has to

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    IGMBurninPiff

    March 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I don’t feel that the technique of Nog’s standup is overrated. but he always seems so slow on his feet and all these new fighters are all around athletes fast and power mixed. but people comparing Davis to Jones are INSANE. fighters like Jones come around once and a while thats what makes them so incredible. Davis wrestling and speed are his only strongpoints at this point in his career, Jones has wrestling speed REACH and creativity plus the support of Greg Jackson’s brilliant mind of gameplanning and his training partners. Davis is good and can be considered a prospect due to his young age, but to compare him to Jones is insane. Jones would make Davis look like a fool like every1 else he’s fought. Rampage has always been my pick to trouble Jones IDK y but when I thought about potential fights Rampage just always stuck in my head to trouble him and I’m not even a Rampage fan.

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    rochefaton

    March 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Davis is a hype victim because he and Jones are similar in many ways. They both have a good wrestling base, they are both very athletic, they are both tall and slender, both are black (hehe), and people think., “Wow, Jones is so awesome, and this guy, Davis, is similar to him, so that means Davis must be awesome too!”

    I doubt it is much more than that, but hye, that’s all it takes in the MMA hype world.

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    Joey Santosus

    March 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Yea, thanks… I guess I was naive to believe that Johnson would really stand with Hardy. I knew that head kick was his biggest threat to Hardy standing, but after he landed it, it was all lay n pray from there.

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    Lokkey

    March 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Johnson = Future

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