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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