Strikeforce Los Angeles: Predictions

Unusually for Strikeforce they are putting on an event on a Wednesday night, with the idea being to coincide with the E3 Expo which is also happening in Los Angeles this week.

Due to injuries, call-offs and the fact that they also have a big event featuring Fedor Emelianenko also scheduled for later in the month this isn’t the most stacked card they’ve ever put on, but nonetheless it’s still a welcome mid-week diversion.

Here’s our predictions for the main card bouts which will air live on Showtime at 11pm ET.

Robbie Lawler Vs Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral

Robbie Lawler is always a fun fighter to watch, but if he can’t keep this fight standing then he’s going to run out of options fast.

After getting KO’s in his last strikeforce outing Renato Sobral is unlikely to want to risk being the latest victim on Lawler’s knockout resume so I expect him to press for the takedown, and make good use of his BJJ skills when the fight hits the mat.

I’m going for Renato Sobral to win by submission in the 2nd round.

Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos Vs Marius Zaromskis

Evangelista Santos is no stranger to a stand-up war and that’s what’s on the cards here.  He’s a rugged warrior with powerful striking, but he’s also slow and likely to find the going tough against the far more nimble Marius Zaromskis who also possesses lightning quick kicks and throws as easily as others throw a jab.

I see Zaromskis frustrating Santos by using angles and footwork rather than engaging in the toe-to-toe brawl he desires.  Santos has often been finished by strikes in the past, and Zaromskis has only went to a decision once in his entire career, so I see the Lithuanian sealing the deal in the final round as Santos runs out of gas.

I’m taking Marius Zaromskis to win by TKO in round 3.

Tim Kennedy Vs Trevor Prangley

Despite both men having starting their pro careers in 2001, Trevor Prangley has considerably more experience than his opponent, having competed 28 times to Tim Kennedy’s 13. Despite that I like the younger, fresher Kennedy here in this short-notice fight.

Both men are somewhat similar in style with solid wrestling backed up by a submission threat on the mat and decent striking on the feet. Kennedy is ever-improving though, particularly in his stand-up and I think he can use that to his advantage to stay busier and pick up a victory on points.

I’m predicting Tim Kennedy to win by decision.

Conor Heun Vs KJ Noons

KJ Noons steps in as a late replacement to face Conor Heun, after recently picking a win up over in DREAM. Heun’s best chance of winning is to take this fight to the floor, but past fights suggest he’ll do exactly the opposite.

Noons has far superior stand-up skills and should have little trouble getting the better of Heun, and winning a comfortable decision victory.

I’m taking KJ Noons to pick up the win by decision.

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