UFC 155: Main Card Predictions

By Jeremy Green
Junior Dos Santos UFC

A fantastic card takes place this weekend at UFC 155, and features a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.  Both of these fighters have crossed paths before, where Junior was able to knockout out Cain, giving him a chance to capture UFC gold for the first time.

Also, Jim Miller will look to put his name back in the win column when he takes on the always dangerous Joe Lauzon.  Both fighters are known for their exciting styles, so this fight has the making to be a war.  Let’s now take a look at the rest of the card and make some predictions for the main card.

Starting off the card, Chris Leben will be taking on Derek Brunson.  Brunson is relatively new to the UFC seen, and Leben has a vast amount of experience under his belt.  Leben, coming off a failed drug test, is finally sober and looks to be incredible shape for this fight.  Leben will get the better exchanges standing, allowing him to clip Brunson early in the first round.  Final prediction: Chris Leben wins via TKO in the second round.

Next, Yushin Okami will battle Alan Belcher to see who moves up this exciting middleweight division.  Both fighters have well rounded games, but Alan Belcher seems to to be the hungrier fighter at this point.  Even though Okami bested Belcher in their first outing, Belcher will be able to pick his shots while standing.  It will be a closely contested affair, but Belcher will do enough to warrant a decision.  Final prediction: Alan Belcher wins via unanimous decision.

Tim Boetsch will go to war with replacement Costa Philippou.  Both fighters have been on a roll as of late, but Boetsch possesses the better wrestling.  He also has shown to be a tough outing for anyone who wants to trade leather with him.  Boetsch will be able to pick his shots to set up his take downs.  Final prediction  Tim Boetsch wins via unanimous decision. 

In the co-main event, Jim Miller will square off against Joe Lauzon.  Both of these fighters like to push the pace and pressure their opponents.  Jim Miller has the significant wrestling advantage in this bout.  Also, Lauzon seems to always fade after the first round.  Miller will come out of the gate ready to impose his will.  He will be able to trade leather with Lauzon, while avoiding any significant damage.  Miller will set up the take downs nicely, and he will wear Lauzon out by the third round.  Final prediction: Jim Miller wins via submission in the third round.  

The main event features a heavyweight title fight between current champ Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.  Both of these fighters have been adamant about proving their worth as a heavyweight, which should make this fight an instant classic.  JDS, one of the strongest punches in the division, has the boxing the replicate what he did to Cain when they first fought.  However, Cain will be able to avoid the power shots early on and get this fight to the ground.  From there, he will be able to land some good shots from the top and control JDS each round.  It will be a close one, but Velasquez’s superior cardio and wrestling will win him the decision.  Final prediction: Cain Velasquez wins via unanimous decision. 

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