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MMA FightPicker Head-to-Head: UFC 110 Edition

(Some Silva vs. Bisping hype, courtesy of nicktheface.)

Update: In light of the Rothwell/Cro Cop/Perosh situation, which will henceforth be referred to as the saga of Mirko and "The Hippo," just for laughs, we’ve updated the FightPicker questions. We’ve also replaced Sinosic/Haseman with Lytle/Foster, so there’s that too. You should probably go update your picks accordingly. Picks can be changed until 11 pm PST tonight. If, after that point, any more changes happen to make our existing questions obsolete, we’ll just declare those a tie. Sound good?

It’s the Friday before a big MMA event, and as new tradition dictates, it’s time for BF and I to make our MMA FightPicker picks public so that we can bust each other’s balls on Monday morning. Before we get to it, have you made your own picks yet? And have you considered entering one of the prize pools to win an iPod Touch? Not trying to nag or anything, it’s just that we regret the things we don’t do in this life, you know? Anyway…

1. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 110: Who will win?
BG: Nogueira. He’ll handle Velasquez standing, and he’s strong enough on the ground to avoid being squashed.
BF: Strong enough to avoid being squashed, yes. But strong enough to avoid being put there again and again and worked over for three rounds? I have my doubts. Velasquez via decision. Maybe then you’ll realize that it is not 2006 anymore.

2. Will Nogueira vs. Velasquez end in a stoppage or decision?
BG: [no selection] Well, my official pick is Big Nog by decision. But between the chances of a Nogueira submission win and a Velasquez TKO, I’m not feeling too confident about it. Therefore, I will use my freedom as an American citizen to not answer the question. It’s called smart play, people.
BF: Way to make your total bitchassness sound like a brilliant and oddly patriotic strategic move. I will use my freedom as a man with a pair of functioning testicles to pick decision.

3. Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping: Who will win?
BG: I’ll take Bisping for the minor upset. Wandy’s way too predictable these days, and not the same balls-out steamroller that he used to be.
BF: You’ve got a point, but I don’t like Bisping’s chances to hit and run his way to a decision down in Australia. I think Silva takes this and experiences the briefest of career revivals.

4. Will Silva vs. Bisping make it to round 3?
BG: Yes. As long as the Count keeps his head moving and stays out of range, he can pot-shot his way to a decision.
BF: Yes. Bisping doesn’t have the power to put Silva away, and after the loss to Hendo he doesn’t have the utter lack of brains to dive into an all-out striking exchange.

5. Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos: Who will win?
BG: Joe Stevenson. The jump in competition will be too much for Sotiropoulos to handle. Stevenson has looked better than ever lately.
BF: Agreed. Stevenson is still somewhat limited as a fighter, but at least he’s playing to his strengths these days.

6. Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader: Who will win?
BG: Ryan Bader. Bader’s power and wrestling skills will overcome the experience gap. This could be Jardine’s farewell performance.
BF: Sadly, I agree. Bader isn’t afraid to fight smart even when it means fighting boring.

7. Number of leg-kicks Jardine will land before he’s taken down (less than 5 / 5 or more)?
BG: Less than 5. Yeah, the Dean likes to throw ‘em. Bader’s not dumb enough to take ‘em.
BF: Agreed again. But God I hate questions that involve counting. What is this, Sesame Street?

8. Will Fight of the Night and KO of the Night both go to main card bouts?
BG: Yes. Seems like a safe bet, unless Sinosic and Haseman put together an all-Australian slobberknocker that whips that crowd into a frenzy.
BF: Yeah, there are just too many bangers on the main card to bet against them.

9. Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski: Who will win?
BG: K-Sos. By kimura, obviously.
BF: Yep. So long, Stephan.

10. CB Dollaway vs.

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budsellers- February 22, 2010 at 10:23 am
mostly good picks bens!! you both slept on georgie and i was even convinced to change my picks after reading... looks like bf will get the bragging rights and might have actually beat his wife this week. if she beat him in score points, she beat both bens for sure.
Randy Pan- February 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm
I haven't been this excited for a main card in a long time. Joe Silva should be given a pat on the back for making Nog/Velasquez happen. That fight is going to kick ass, regardless of who wins. It stands to reveal a lot about each fighter, and I can't wait. The Bisping/Silva fight is also exciting, but is nowhere near as relevant or compelling as Cain/Velasquez.

I'm taking Nog for the win, one way or another, because of his crisp boxing, mountains of experience, proven toughness, and excellent submissions. Cain is a machine, but unless Big Nog has seriously deteriorated in toughness, Cain will be unable to hurt him on the feet. Velasquez has the edge in putting Nog to the mat and controlling positions, but I'm not so sure his ground-and-pound can put Nog away or sufficiently stifle his BJJ-ability. Nog has more avenues for actually stopping the fight (a greater chance for dealing out a T/KO on the feet, a submission off of his back), whereas, the way I see it, Cain's only solid chance at winning is by three rounds of positional control. If Cain wins by TKO, I'll be shocked.
chewbakker82- February 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm
@ DAN THE VIKING - I agree totally. I'm even going to be so bold as to say Nog by TKO. Cain coming in recklessly for a takedown, Nog uppercuts him and drops him. I can see that happening more than once actually.
CheckHisPee- February 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm
Joo fargin iceholes!

ya, I'm drunk
Hendos Right Hand- February 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm
@PortlandMMA - I enjoyed the Tyson drop!
ghostboner- February 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm
And yes, I know I spelled "Bonner" wrong, I was trying to be cool and jump on the wrong spelling bandwagon.
ghostboner- February 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm
I'll take Bonner and Sotriouupolipoluopuoulous for the stick it in your ear CP twofecta!
KarDiamond- February 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm
George Sotiropoulos, that guy is just crazy on the ground.

Georgio by submission
PortlandMMA- February 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm
Wanderlei's defense is impregnable.
DAN THE VIKING- February 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm
But you do make good points.
I just cant argue with his ability, or his record.
DAN THE VIKING- February 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm
To assume its unlikely that one of the best BJJ fighters in the UFC let alone MMA can pull off a submission on a fairly green, up and coming wrestler with mediocre stand up is brash.
To assume he cant do it from his back while the wrestler is trying desperately to rain down fast and furious (which often leads to misplaced) strikes is even brash-i-er.

I just dont see Cain being better than Nog on the feet. And Im not willing to assume he can keep a top and dominent position on one of the best and most game HW's in MMA for 3 rounds. Not now or in 2006.

Cain is fast, powerful and a great wrestler. The basic prototype for Nogs career building (previous) victims.
aaronb- February 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Nog just hasn't looked good in the UFC

He beat Randy. So do Brandon Vera arguably. Randy is a LHW.

He got beat up by Tim Sylvia for 2 1/2 rounds

He was almost put away by Heath Herring

He was drummed by Frank Mir of all people on the feet.

It ain't 2006 is totally valid. The only way Nog can win this is by pulling a sub from his back. Possible? sure. Likely? Probably not.
rlh61- February 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Damn, I was hoping this was the start of something this is all a rerun...or 'retart' so to speak...
Hendos Right Hand- February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm
I'm very excited about this card! I've been waiting for the Wanderlei/Bisping fight for awhile now.

Hendo is going to come flying out of nowhere and end the Silva/Bisping fight with his massive right hand to Bisping. He'll then toss a left, then !BAM! Down goes Wanderlei! That my friends, is Fight of the Night..
King_KP- February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm
I don't think Nog stands a chance...if this were 3-4 years ago and in a ring as opposed to a cage I would go with Nog by decision, but Cain always uses the cage to his advantage and even Nog will be hard pressed to keep Cain off of him. Cain by TKO rd. 2. Wandy v. Bisping is a strange one, people say Bisping doesn't have the power to put Wandy away but I disagree, he won't put him away on the feet but he could stop him with ground and pound. Like everyone says, Wandy is predictable, look for Bisping to take the sucker down and use that G+P. Not saying he'll finish it, but Bisping will win. Everything else = agreed
PS. Wandy always stands a chance of winning by KO lol.
(look for Lytle to win by sub when whos his face can't stand with him)
SplitBreast- February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am
This is pretty much guaranteed FOTN. Might end up in the running for FOTY
aaronb- February 19, 2010 at 11:07 am
You guys are missing the boat on Bonnar. He had the best betting odds on the card (until it got bet down to +140). I've got in at +170 and it is really juicing up a couple of parlays.

How exactly does KSos beat him? He isn't a dominant wrestler. He isn't a great striker. He hasn't beaten ANYONE of note.

People are putting far too much weight in Stephan losing to Coleman. However you forget that he has a granite chin, and he just too Jon Jones to a decision before the Coleman egg. No way Ksos can outpoint an active Bonner in 3 rounds.
ReX13- February 19, 2010 at 10:52 am
rlh61 (& everyone else) >>> the "retart" meme has been around for awhile. Terminator is just trying to be a UFCfan.

BTW, it was his sled. And the dog dies at the end.
El Famous Burrito- February 19, 2010 at 10:51 am
Weener heads!
nicey- February 19, 2010 at 10:35 am
rlh61- February 19, 2010 at 10:34 am
The word 'retart' will live on in infamy as a part of Potato Nation lore...we are writing history people...that's a big deal. Someone hurry up and post that on Wikipedia.
Smitty- February 19, 2010 at 10:23 am
Bonner is gonna pull off the upset.
fiveforfive- February 19, 2010 at 10:15 am
But seriously, I'm hoping Hhe Hippo makes it to the hospital alive after this fight. The coriolis effect will magnify the power of Miiiiiiiirko's left head kick.
Phattousai- February 19, 2010 at 10:06 am
I love fighters that come back from Adversurry.
Viva Hate- February 19, 2010 at 9:57 am
This article must be a witch, it disappeared then came back, kill it! Burn it I say!