UFC 158: Predicting Five Certain Winners in Montreal
Five Certain Winners at UFC 158
UFC 158 is the biggest fight card of the year. Both the main card and the prelims are stacked with exciting fighters who will take advantage sharing MMA superstar George St. Pierre's spotlight.
The stacked welterweight division will be showcased with six of the best 170-pounders in the world on display. Beyond that, however, are fast-rising contenders, such as Chris Camozzi, Darren Elkins and T.J. Dillashaw, along with big-named veterans, such as Patrick Cote and Rick Story.
The big fight, however, is George St. Pierre matched up against rival Nick Diaz, and the anticipation surrounding this matchup is significant.
Not only is this fight getting attention for taking place in St. Pierre's hometown of Montreal, Quebec, the animosity between these fighters has the entire MMA world buzzing. In the last two weeks, both fighters traded sharp verbal attacks during the pre-fight conference call and again during the pre-fight press conference.
The intensity created during those exchanges reached even greater levels when the fighters squared off eye-to-eye for Friday's weigh-ins.
The previous opponent for both St. Pierre and Diaz is welterweight contender Carlos Condit. "The Natural Born Killer" will be fighting top contender Johny Hendricks for the next shot at the welterweight title.
Beyond that fight, there is a mix of fighters on winning streaks and Canadians who are being featured on home soil.
Throughout these pairings, there are a few sure bets. While it is easy to get confused by the hype surrounding every fighter, five of these fighters have distinct advantages, which are listed from here on.
Darren Elkins Unanimous Decision Victory
Darren Elkins takes on Antonio Carvalho as part of the night's preliminary card.
Elkins, who is searching for his fifth consecutive victory, will use his superior wrestling to control Carvalho. Elkins will soon wear down his opponent and dominate the fight on his way to another decision victory. Elkins will prove he is ready for bigger fights, as this should be the last time fans see him on the prelims.
Chris Camozzi Dominates Nick Ring
Chris Camozzi is on a meteoric rise up the middleweight rankings. Camozzi, the winner of three straight fights, has the speed to out-strike the slower Ring in the early rounds.
Ring has displayed conditioning issues in the past and Camozzi will expose those issues again Saturday night. If Ring does not catch Camozzi with an early flurry, expect Camozzi to take over the fight in the second round and punish ring with his striking on his way to a dominant victory.
Jake Ellenberger TKO Victory Over Nate Marquardt
With a dynamic victory over Nate Marquardt, Jake Ellenberger may find himself in the mix for the next welterweight title shot.
Marquardt, who looked slow during his most recent fight against Tarec Saffiedine, will be overpowered early by Ellenberger's relentless pressure. When the time is right, Ellenberger will get the takedown and punish Marquardt with his brutal ground attack. Marquardt, who has a history of cutting easily, will be pouring blood by the second round. If this fight is not stopped by the doctor, Ellenberger will force the referee to step in to save Marquardt after delivering countless punches and elbows.
Carlos Condit Outclasses Johny Hendricks
While Johny Hendricks may be the betting favorite, Carlos Condit is better trained and has more avenues for victory.
Hendricks, who has three finishes in his last five fights, will be looking for the early knockout. Condit has never been stopped by punches and has the tools to out-strike Hendricks. After the first round, Hendricks will get frustrated and look for the takedown. Condit will stuff Hendrick's attacks and continue to pick him apart on the feet.
Hendricks' chin is solid enough to hang in there, but he will be clearly outclassed on his way to losing a one-sided decision.
George St. Pierre Retains the Welterweight Title
In one of the most anticipated main events in a long time, George St. Pierre defends his UFC belt against rival Nick Diaz
St. Pierre will not mess around with Diaz' boxing and will get the early takedown. While Diaz will be active off his back, St. Pierre is well-trained and will maintain a safe position. St. Pierre will frustrate Diaz by maintaining top position and doing just enough damage to keep the referee from standing the fighters up.
Throughout each round, St. Pierre will use his superior footwork to avoid Diaz' strikes and set up his next takedown attempt. When the final horn sounds, there will be no question as to whether St. Pierre will get the nod from the judges.