So it’s not the greatest fight card ever assembled. That much is obvious. But it’s on Spike TV, we’ll be liveblogging it, and you don’t have anything else happening in your life on Wednesday night besides some old “Roseanne” re-runs and a couple Hot Pockets that you’ll be too lazy to heat up all the way. Given those grim prospects, this is actually a bright spot in your week, plus it’s for a good cause.
Josh Koscheck (-215) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (+220)
Jonathan Goulet (+328) vs. Mike Swick (-358)
Razak Al-Hassan (+275) vs. Steve Cantwell (-294)
Matt Wiman (+117) vs. Jim Miller (-125)
Brodie Farber (+308) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (-325)
Johnny Rees (-109) vs. Steve Bruno (+105)
Brandon Wolff (+326) vs. Ben Saunders (-355)
Nate Loughran (+145) vs. Tim Credeur (-131)
Dale Hartt (+265) vs. Corey Hill (-277)
Justin McCully (+161) vs. Eddie Sanchez (-170)
- The Main Event: Leave it to the oddsmakers to arrive at a sober conclusion void of any attachment to emotion. -215 is probably the right line on Koscheck, even though his hateable quotient is so high many people might like to think it’s closer. Yoshida’s no joke, but if Koscheck does what he does best (read: takedowns followed by moderately effective ground-and-pound) he’ll win.
- Underdog picks: Maybe Razak Al-Hassan is truly a bad-ass and we have no clue. Maybe the crowd will realize that he’s not a terrorist after all, that he’s really a dude who works at Wells Fargo in Iowa. Maybe if they can change, and he can change, everybody can change! But probably not. More likely Cantwell will knock him out, so Nate Loughran may be your best shot. The line isn’t as profitable, but he has a solid chance of beating Tim Credeur. Dale Hartt is the second best prospect, mainly due to Corey Hill’s inexperience.
- Closest Fight Between Guys With Terrible Nicknames: I’m tempted to pick on McCully (“The Insane 1”) and Sanchez (“The Manic Hispanic”) one more time today, but instead I have to go with Steve “Hollywood” Bruno against Johnny “The Hater Hurter” Rees. Bruno’s nickname is bad for being so cliché, while Rees’ is worse for being so unbelievably dumb. I have to pick Bruno here. No way I can side with “The Hater Hurter.” You take away hate, and what have I got? Mild dislike? Indifference? Love? Fuck that.