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(Andrei Arlovski could be one paid motherfucker tomorrow.)

Our monthly roundup in which we express fight predictions via the UFC’s customary “Of the Night” payouts. Last time didn’t go so hot, but we have a good feeling about UFC 82. Again, here’s the lineup:

Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson
Heath Herring vs. Cheick Kongo
Chris Leben vs. Alessio Sakara
Yushin Okami vs. Evan Tanner
Jon Fitch vs. Chris Wilson

Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake O’Brien
Luke Cummo vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Josh Koscheck vs. Dustin Hazelett
Diego Sanchez vs. David Bielkheden
Jorge Gurgel vs. John Halverson

Fight of the Night: How could it not be Silva vs. Henderson? It’s rare that the Octagon hosts this much combined talent. We see this one going into the championship rounds, with both men pounding the hell out of each other along the way. As you know, we’re leaning toward Silva.

Knockout of the Night: Andrei Arlovski. Other MMA pundits have said that the undefeated O’Brien will grind his way to a lay-and-pray victory, but Arlovski is coming into this fight with the combined rage of 10,000 insulted Soviets, and he’ll be looking to prove that undercards are beneath him. There’s a chance this could be his last fight for the UFC, so putting an exclamation point at the end of his Octagon career would be a priority; we’ll say KO/TKO, round 2. Dark horse: Jon Fitch. His fight against Chris Wilson may look like a mismatch, but Wilson’s ground skills are underrated. Still, we see Fitch putting Wilson out on his feet early.

Submission of the Night: Josh Koscheck. Speaking of mismatches…Koscheck’s recent performances haven’t been awe-inspiring, and he knows he needs a dramatic win against the gift-wrapped Dustin Hazelett, who’s never faced an opponent as skilled as Kos; it’s looking like a first-round armbar. Dark horse: Sanchez over Bielkheden. Same deal as with Koscheck — Bielkheden is being brought in for his UFC debut to build Sanchez’s confidence, and on paper, Sanchez’s ground game scores much higher. But if Ali Sonoma is still fucking with his concentration, we’ll stop short of saying this is a guaranteed win for Nightmare…

See it differently? Let us know in the comments…

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Turdburglar- February 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm
Anderson is going to tko hendo in the second.

Heath is going to get KO'ed

Kos and Sanchez are both getting sacraficail lambs.

i'm taking Sakara over Leben.
Cory- February 28, 2008 at 6:12 pm
Man, thats a nice slate of fights. Arlovsky, Sanchez, and Koscheck on the undercard. Brutal.
rheindog- February 28, 2008 at 6:00 pm
I'm going with dan over silva, maybe by decision, after all he is decision dan.

Herring vs Kongo is sloppy boxing vs too technical striking, i'm gonna say herring takes it even though i don't think he will. I'll say herring by sub rd 2.

leben tkos sakara rd 2

tanner takes okami to a decision and wins

fitch g n ps wilson to a 1st round stoppage.
Popetastic- February 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm
I hope you're right about Arlovski. The main event should be the Fight of the Night, for sure. I also wouldn't be completely shocked to see Evan Tanner or Arlovski pull off submission of the night. Andrei is a skilled sambo fighter taking on a big dopey wrestler. If he ends up on his back, he might be able to catch the dope in a sub. We'll see.