Dan Henderson Vs Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral
Over 10 years in the making, these two MMA veterans finally get to fight for a second time on Saturday night. Henderson won by decision the first time round, and despite all the water under the bridge since then I think he’ll have his hand raised here too.
He’s a better, more powerful striker than Babalu, and his wrestling is going to make it difficult for the Brazilian to take him down. Conditioning could be a factor, with Babalu likely to use leg kicks and pick his shots carefully in an attempt to drag Henderson into deep water, but at 205lbs ‘Hendo’ won’t have to face a debilitating weight cut prior to the fight and should still have the gas for three rounds if required.
Prediction: Dan Henderson to win by TKO in Rd2
Paul Daley Vs Scott Smith
No prizes for guessing that this is going to be stand-up battle. Daley is a much more technical and varied striker than Smith and can deliver plenty of power, but of course we know that ‘Hands Of Stone’ is only ever one punch away from ending a fight and can take his fair share of punishment.
Daley seems like the smart choice here though, particularly as Smith is making his first cut down to 170lbs, and I suspect that’ll start to tell in the later rounds.
Prediction: Paul Daley to win by TKO in Rd3
Robbie Lawler Vs Matt Lindland
Stand-up wise this fight is very much in Lawer’s favor. He’s much more comfortable trading on the feet, and has the power to pile further misery on Lindland’s already battle-weary chin. Lawler’s also got very well drilled takedown defense to stifle his opponents attempts to get the fight to the floor.
A few years ago this might have turned out a little differently, but as it stands I feel as if Lindland’s time has come and gone now, and I see the man that’s more than ten years his junior coming away with the victory in spectacular fashion.
Prediction: Robbie Lawler to win by KO in Rd2.
Antonio Silva Vs Mike Kyle
The first of two hastily arranged fights sees Kyle step in at less than a week’s notice to fight ‘Bigfoot’. If that wasn’t a tall enough order he also moving up a weight class as well.
I actually think Kyle will put on a more competitive display than the man he replaced (Valentijn Overeem), but in the end Silva’s huge weight advantage and 6 inch reach advantage will tell as he punches his way to a stoppage victory.
Prediction: Antonio Silva to win by TKO in Rd2.
Benji Radach Vs Ovince St.Preux
Another last-minute match-up sees Radach come back from a 20 month injury lay-off to fight St.Preux who fought just two weeks ago. So you could say that both fighters are at somewhat of a disadvantage heading into this bout.
St.Preux has momentum on his side though with five wins already under his belt in 2010 while Radach was rehabilitating. Radach has the greater experience on his side, and a lethal punch, but if he doesn’t use it early, the ring rust that inevitably comes from having just two fights in two years and stepping up a weight class is going to show. I like OSP to continue his form and earn a late stoppage victory.
Prediction: Ovince St.Preux to win by TKO in Rd3.