(You should see the other guy. Seriously, not a mark on him.)
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This week, BF and BG snuck into Contender Pool 10 #787, where they’ll be competing with perennial contender Ryan Johnson and someone named RaWrBoOm. As for the questions, there seem to be a lot of heavy favorites this time around. Who of you will be ballsy enough to pick the upsets? Certainly not us — BF and BG had a difference of opinion on just one question. We should really change the name of "Ben vs. Ben" to "Ben and Ben are Best Friends and Never Argue." Anyway, here’s how we’re picking ‘em for UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones this Sunday on Versus (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT)…
Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones: Who will win?
BF: Unless Jones gets himself DQ’d or suffers a stroke on his way to the cage, he’s got this. Vera can’t strike with him and can’t get him down. Cue the spinning back elbow.
BG: Jon Jones via spinning Superman punches and Greco rag-dolling. He’s just more special then Vera, y’know?
Will Vera vs. Jones end in a KO/TKO?
BF: I hate hemming myself in with an answer that has one way to be right and at least two ways to be wrong, but I gotta say yes. I see Vera getting dropped and finished with a flurry on the mat.
BG: Yep. The fight ends with Jones on top and Vera eating leather and elbow-bone.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga: Who will win?
BF: Unless Gonzaga starts another fight by punting his opponent’s testicles, I think Dos Santos is too quick, too explosive, and too ferocious for him.
BG: Speaking of future champions vs. can-crushers (see Jones vs. Vera), JDS is going to storm through Gonzaga. Side-note: By the time Dos Santos gets his title shot, he’ll have one of the most impressive list of victories by a contender in UFC history.
Will Dos Santos vs. Gonzaga make it to round 3?
BF: Two aggressive Brazilian heavyweights throwing bombs at one another’s heads? No, not going to make it to round 3.
BG: Not likely. Gonzaga’s last four fights ended in the first round, and Dos Santos has only seen the second round once in his UFC career.
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello: Who will win?
BF: Buentello is one of the few heavyweights left in the UFC who Kongo can beat. He wants to bang, won’t exploit his takedown defense issues, and is too plodding on the feet. Kongo gets a mercy win.
BG: Kongo. Let’s be honest, this will be a kickboxing match, and Kongo is better at it.
In the first round of Kongo vs. Buentello…
BF: I’m going with 0-1 knockdowns. That covers me if nothing much happens, but also if Kongo drops him and finishes him right away. Covering bases, yo.
BG: I’m going balls-out and saying yes, there will be at least 2 knockdowns. I mean, once that first knockdown happens, we’re halfway there, right?
Alessio Sakara vs. James Irvin: Who will win?
BF: These guys know everyone is expecting a brawl from them, so it’s kind of a toss-up, but I like Sakara’s chances to stay calm and pick Irvin apart.
BG: Sakara. Irvin’s too snakebit to make it through a fight without something completely unfortunate happening.
Clay Guida vs. Shannon Gugerty: Who will win?
BF: Easy one. Guida’s going to own Gugerty and then host a kick-ass afterparty in his RV.
BG: Guida. This is a tune-up fight for the Carpenter, and he’ll make the most of it.
Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko: Who will win?
BF: The two types of guys you don’t want to fight? Guys with hair on their traps, and guys who have ever stood in line for bread. Vladdy is the best of both worlds there. He’s got this.
BG: Like a true Janitor, Matyushenko will "mop the floor" with Marshall, then go back to his "extended stay motel" and "cry."
John Howard vs. Daniel Roberts: Who will win?
BF: Roberts’s awesome nickname aside, I don’t think he’s going to step up and beat a guy like Howard in his Octagon debut.
BG: True. Roberts’s grappling is nasty, but he hasn’t faced any good competition yet. Howard via experience.
Brendan Schaub vs. Chase Gormley: Who will win?
BF: Knowing very little about Gormley and just enough about Schaub, I’m picking the big athletic dude who once sort of played in the NFL. That’s Schaub, by the way.
BG: Ditto to Schaub. Remind me again who the fuck Chase Gormley is?
More KOs/TKOs or decisions on the full card?
BF: With this many bangers and a couple of mismatches, I’m predicting more T/KO’s, which hopefully means more time to show more fights.
BG: KOs/TKOs, aided by the fact that all of the main card fights will end in strikes.