UFC On FOX 7 is almost upon us and we’ve got all our predictions for the fights for you below.
Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez
This should be a great fight between two well matched opponents who each have good wrestling, solid striking and an ability to fight at a high tempo for five rounds.
It’s so close that I don’t think we’re going to see a finish here, so it’s just down to who’s going to make the bigger impression over those 25 minutes, and for me I think that’s going to be Henderson.
The current UFC Champion is more likely to push the pace and mixes both his striking and mat work more frequently and more fluidly in the cage which I believe could be key to convincing the judges that he’s the better man on the night.
Ben Henderson to win by decision.
Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir
This is going to be a tough test for Cormier to establish whether he really is as good as his Strikeforce run suggests he is.
Cormier’s stand-up’s come a long way in a relatively short space of time and so he can be competitive with Mir in that regard and has knockout power. Mir also strikes with authority and is perhaps more technical with his delivery, but his big failing is his weak chin which could be a major concern in this fight.
If Mir can get this fight to the mat then that spells big trouble for Cormier and a submission would be on the cards, but the catch is that Mir’s takedowns are poor and Cormier is a world class wrestler. I’d be surprised if he is able to get him down, and think this is going to end up being a striking battle with Mir being felled by a big blow sometime in the second round.
Daniel Cormier to win by KO in Rd2.
Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
Again we have a nicely matched pairing here and it should be a fun one with neither man prone to the kind of wrestling based stalling tactics that can take the sting out of a fight.
Thomson should be fairly competitive whether the fight is on the feet or on the mat, but I do think that overall Diaz is both the better striker and better with submissions.
I expect Diaz will look to keep this fight on the feet as much as possible where his significant reach advantage and volume-punching style will pay dividends and earn him a decision win.
Nate Diaz to win by decision.
Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein
I’ll be honest, I’m still kicking myself for not backing Mein to win his debut in the UFC against Dan Miller as I’ve been consistently impressed by his performances over the past few years.
With that in mind I am backing him this time around. Mein has very technical striking which should offer an advantage against Brown’s more brawling mentality.
If Brown has an advantage it’s in his ability to grind an opponent down with clinch work and from top position, but Mein has the better cardio and won’t be out of his depth if taken down. Mein will have a hard time stopping Brown who’s extremely durable, but I think he’ll comfortably outstrike Brown to earn a win on the judges scorecards.
Jordan Mein to win by decision.
Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins
Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin
Myles Jury vs. Ramsey Nijem
Jorge Masvidal vs. Tim Means
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana
Roger Bowling vs. Anthony Njokuani
Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero