A day after the TUF season 11 finale, the UFC’s sister promotion takes center-stage for WEC 49 in Alberta, Canada. See below for our quick picks for this evening’s show.
Jamie Varner Vs Kamal Shalorus
Kamal Shalorus is a heck of a wrestler – extremely agile and possessing some of the best takedowns and takedown defense your likely to see anywhere in the sport. Unfortunately he’s not as refined in other areas of the game. His stand-up game in particular consists of just throwing huge telegraphed haymakers, yet he loves to get involved in a stand-up battle.
If he connects it could be bad news for Varner, but he’s far more technical a striker and I think he’ll steer clear of the danger and pick apart the Iranian with his boxing skills. His well rounded skills will also help him to at least offer up some resistance wrestling wise, and if the fight goes to the floor I think he’ll also pose a submission threat.
Prediction: Jamie Varner to win by decision.
Josh Grispi Vs LC Davis
A year layoff due to injury has sadly hampered 21 year-old Josh Grispi’s impressive momentum that saw him win his first three fights in the WEC in emphatic fashion.
While I think Grispi is overall the better fighter this is a tough fight after such a long time out and I can see LC Davis spoiling his comeback party by using his controlling wrestling game to grind out another decision win.
Prediction: LC Davis to win by decision.
Chris Horodecki Vs Danny Downes:
Chris Horodecki got his WEC career off to a terrible start, but he has a good chance to get back on the winning path again here against late replacement Danny Downes.
Both fighters favor the stand-up game but Horodecki is vastly more experienced and has fought consistently tougher opposition. I think there’s definitely a ceiling as to how well he can do in the WEC, but this reminds me of the kind of fight he used to relish in his old days in the IFL.
Prediction: Chris Horodecki by TKO in Rd2
Mark Hominick Vs Yves Jabouin
Both Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin hail from Canada, but while Jabouin has spent much of his career in his own backyard, Hominick has went further afield and fought tougher opposition.
Jabouin showed he could hang with quality opposition in his WEC debut though, taking Rafael Assuncao to a split decision. He has dangerous striking, but I think Hominick can gain the upper hand by using his superior ground game.
Prediction: Mark Hominick to win by submission in Rd2.
Eddie Wineland Vs Will Campuzano
This bout between the WEC’s first ever Bantamweight champion back in 2006, Eddie Wineland and the up-and-coming Will Campuzano should be a fun fight to start of the card with both men being no strangers to wars.
I like Wineland here who’s a little more well rounded, has the greater experience to draw on, and is as tough as old boots.
Prediction: Eddie Wineland to win by TKO in Rd3
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
Karen Darabedyan Vs Will Kerr
Wagnney Fabiano Vs Frank Gomez
Bendy Casimir Vs Erik Koch
Rafael Assuncao Vs Diego Nunes
Chris Cariaso Vs Rafael Rebello
Renan Barao Vs Anthony Leone