Predictions for UFC 158 Main Card
UFC 158 Predictions
UFC 158 kicks off this weekend and features a pivotal welterweight championship between Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz. Diaz has been campaigning for this fight for a long time now and he will finally get the chance to lock horns with one of the greatest welterweights in the history of the UFC. Georges is coming into this fight with a lot of anger and he has said on several occasions that he wants to beat Diaz down inside the octagon. Both fighters have some of the best skill sets in the division, so it should be an absolute war regardless of the outcome.
Also, Johny Hendricks will look to continue his impressive run in the welterweight division against the former interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit. Condit is coming of a championship fight with Georges, so if Johny is able to defeat Condit, he is without a doubt the next number one contender in the division. Hendricks has shown to have heavy hands, knocking out Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann in impressive fashion. It will be interesting to see how he fares against Condit, who is one of the most dynamic strikers in the UFC.
Both of these fights should be entertaining and UFC 158 is shaping up to be one of the best cards in recent UFC history. Nate Marquardt and Jake Ellenberger will also square off in hopes of putting their name in the mix in this highly competitive welterweight division. Both have knockout power in their hands, so this should be a true treat to watch. In the slideshow on the next page, check out the predictions for the main card, which has the makings to be a classic.
Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher
155: Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher: Ricci fought on TUF as a welterweight, but this move to lightweight will serve him well. He is the more technical fighter in this fight and he will be able to keep Fletcher at bay with his crisp combinations. Fletcher will have his moments, but Ricci will do enough each round to outpoint him on the feet.
Final Prediction: Mike Ricci wins via unanimous decision.
Nick Ring vs. Chris Camozzi
185: Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring: Camozzi is a durable middleweight who has power in his hands, but Ring is the more technical striker. Ring will use his striking to set up take downs when the opportunity presents itself and he will wear Camozzi out to win a decision. It will be a great fight that showcases both fighter's will to win, but Ring just has the more polished striking after being a professional kickboxer for many years.
Final Prediction: Nick Ring wins unanimous decision.
Nate Marquardt vs. Jake Ellenberger
170: Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt: This welterweight bout is an exciting one as both fighters have knockout power. Ellenberger is arguably the better wrestler, where Marquardt has the better submission game. Ellenberger has shown deficiencies in the jiu jitsu department, which is where Nate will look to attack. Also, Ellenberger seems to always fade if he can't finish his opponents in the first round. Nate will survive the early attack and will get this fight to the ground where he will sink in a submission.
Final Prediction: Nate Marquardt wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round.
Johny Hendricks vs. Carlos Condit
170: Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks: Both of these fighters are at the top of the division, so the meaning behind this fight is all the more important. Condit is the more technical striker and Hendricks has more power and can end the fight within seconds. In terms of the grappling department, Condit has better submissions and Hendricks is the better wrestler. The winner of this bout will be the one who executes there game perfectly and who can win each round. It's a three round fight, giving Hendricks plenty of time to land a devastating shot on the feet or control Condit via his wrestling, which is exactly what he will do.
Final prediction: Johny Hendricks wins via unanimous decision.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz
170: Championship Bout: St. Pierre vs. Diaz: The lead up to this fight has been intense as both fighters have shown their disdain for each other. Each has a dynamic set of skills, making this a great title fight to watch. Georges is the better athlete, but Nick is an aggressive fighter and has a durable chin with exceptional cardio. However, Nick has always shown deficiencies against wrestlers, which doesn't bode well for him as GSP is the best wrestler in the welterweight division and maybe in the entire UFC. GSP will exchange with Diaz on the feet for a bit, but will shoot in and secure take downs time and time again. Diaz has an excellent ground game, but it will be not enough to stop GSP from doing what he does to every fighter he faces. Georges will control Diaz from the top each round, forcing Diaz to throw up the middle finger and berate him to exchange on the feet.
Final Prediction: Georges St. Pierre wins via unanimous decision.
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