Attention MMA FightPicker players: WEC 47 goes down tomorrow, which means it’s time to get off your lazy asses and make some predictions. As we do every time there’s a notable MMA event over the weekend, BF and I decided to join the same FightPicker pool in order to compete in an absolutely meaningless pissing-contest over bragging rights. But as soon as we entered Contender Pool 10 #635, we knew that this week wouldn’t be like all the others. Right there at the bottom of the player’s list was Aaron Rampey, FightPicker’s capo di tutti capi. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Aaron is entering pretty much every pool at this point, but the stakes just got a little higher. Will the Bens be able to outgun FightPicker’s point-leader and creep up the rankings themselves? Will it matter, since Rampey has probably learned how to game the system by hedging bets over multiple pools? Be sure to check back in on Monday to see how it all plays out, and read on to see our picks for this week…
Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz @ WEC 47: Who will win?
BG: Bowles. Cruz is a very worthy challenger, but Bowles has been so dominant in his WEC career that there’s really no reason to bet against him.
BF: Agreed. There’s just no way I can go against Bowles, who reminds me of a grown-up Dennis the Menace, only heavy on the menace.
Will Bowles vs. Cruz make it to round 3?
BG: That’s a tough one. Bowles usually doesn’t need more than two rounds, and Cruz has gone to the cards in his last four. But I have to assume that Bowles will impose his will and blow Cruz out like everybody else he’s faced.
BF: Honestly, I’ll be surprised if it makes it to round 2. I think we’re looking at about 3-4 minutes of action, much like your wedding night, BG, only with less sobbing.
Miguel Torres vs. Joseph Benavidez: Who will win?
BG: Torres, duh. No offense to Team Alpha Male.
BF: I love it when you put ‘duh’ right in front of ‘no offense.’ I agree, though. Torres is going to put a hurting on Benavidez.
Will Torres vs. Benavidez end in a T/KO?
BG: Maybe, but the combined possibilities of a decision or submission has me saying "no." Keep in mind that Benavidez has never been stopped.
BF: The fact that Benavidez hasn’t been stopped in twelve fights — none of which were against anyone on Torres’s level — does not impress me. Torres is going to come out pissed off and ready to put this shrimp away.
Jens Pulver vs. Javier Vasquez: Who will win?
BG: Vasquez. I’m willing to believe that Pulver has made improvements in his training and emotional well-being, but he has to prove it in the cage at least once. Vasquez’s last two losses were split decisions against LC Davis and Deividas Taurosevicius, which proves he can hang against good competition.
BF: I’m going to take a little bit of a chance here and pick Pulver, based mainly on the awesomeness of his walk-out shirt. Do I feel comfortable with this pick? I do not.
Will Pulver vs. Vazquez make it past round 1?
BG: Yes. Vasquez has the edge here, but it won’t be an early blow-out.
BF: Definitely. Unless Pulver really has reclaimed his ‘old self,’ which I know you hate, it’s going to take at least two rounds to sort this out.
Bart Palaszewski vs. Karen Darabedyan: Who will win?
BG: Darabedyan. My gut tells me the young up-and-comer edges out the more experienced vet.
BF: As much as I like to avoid being in the same company as your gut, I concur.
Scott Jorgensen vs. Chad George: Who will win?
BG: Jorgensen, who’s more seasoned and is coming off two great performances against Noah Thomas and Takeya Mizugaki.
BF: Yeah, Jorgensen’s a 5-1 favorite with some online oddsmakers. I’m not prepared to pick against people who are that certain with money on the line.
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Pettis: Who will win?
BG: Castillo. It’s a bit of a dice-roll, but Castillo has had better wins in the WEC.
BF: You’re right, it is a dice-roll. That’s why I’m going to exercise my option not to roll these dice. Strategy, motherfucker. What!
Deividas Taurosevicius vs. LC Davis: Who will win?
BG: Taurosevicius in another close one.
BF: Agreed. Taurosevicius is a lot tougher than people realize, and he can really make guys uncomfortable.
Fredson Paixao vs. Courtney Buck: Who will win?
BG: Paixao. If you look at their past level of competition, there’s no comparison. I say the Brazilian scores a submission relatively easily.
BF: As a rule, I always like to go with the guy whose name is tougher to spell (see also: Deividas Taurosevicius). I’m also taking Paixao.
WEC 47 entire card: More stoppages or decisions?
BG: As FightPicker player Jeremy Burgard writes, "There have been more decisions than stoppages for the last 6 WEC events." That’s good enough for me.
BF: You’ll take advice wherever you can get it, won’t you? But yeah, the little guys are less likely to put each other away, which is fun until it isn’t anymore.