(This is either the line-up for a great game of MMA Fightpicker, or the worst folk music trio in history.)
It’s one thing for us to beat up on one another with our weekly MMA FightPicker game, but do we have what it takes to out-prognosticate an actual UFC fighter? To help us find out, “Ultimate Fighter” winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson, who will be taking on Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 21 next Wednesday, has graciously agreed to throw his hat into the virtual Octagon this week and go head-to-head with us on UFC 111 picks. For that we are indebted to him, and so we remind you to check out his official site as well as his Tapout signature t-shirt, and we also thank Superaction, Spike TV, and MMA Glory Talent.
Remember, this week’s FightPicker has changed some with the removal of Thiago Alves and the reshuffling of Ben Saunders, so don’t forget to adjust your picks accordingly before tonight’s 11:59 PM PST deadline. Now…it’s decision time.
St. Pierre vs. Hardy at UFC 111: Who will win?
BG: Georges St. Pierre. You’d have to be a grown retard to think otherwise.
BF: Seeing as how I am not a grown retard, I can’t disagree. Hardy has a tough night ahead of him.
RN: St. Pierre – He has shown himself to be more well-rounded, but Hardy does have the puncher’s chance.
Will St. Pierre vs. Hardy make it to round 3?
BG: Tough call, because GSP hasn’t quickly finished an opponent in a long time. But I think Hardy is woefully outmatched here, so I’ll say "no."
BF: Well, he put Serra away in two, so I don’t see why he couldn’t do the same to Hardy. I’m going with “no” also.
RN: Yes – I believe Hardy is a warrior like Fitch so I can definitely see it going three rounds.
Will GSP score a takedown in the first 45 seconds?
BG: Sure. He’s too smart to trade strikes with Hardy, and he’ll score on the first takedown he attempts.
BF: Agreed. The only way he doesn’t if he spends the first minute plotting Hardy’s destruction the way Anderson Silva loves to do.
RN: I think if GSP puts his hands together he can definitely get the takedown in 45 sec. Or get knocked out.
Mir vs. Carwin: Who will win?
BG: Shane Carwin, via exploding lunchboxes.
BF: I keep going back and forth on this one, but I’m also going to take Carwin. The guy just has more weapons.
RN: This one is a coin toss. I think will see what kind of fighter Carwin is in this fight. I am just curious if it will last 1 round.
Will Mir vs. Carwin last more than one round?
BG: Yes. If Mir can survive a round against Lesnar, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he can avoid a quick stoppage against Carwin as well.
BF: Agreed. Mir isn’t Christian Wellisch or even Gabriel Gonzaga. We’re getting at least seven good minutes of action in this fight.
RN: I hope so. I hate to see a one-sided fight. I like to see fights for the belt to be competitive.
Fitch vs. Saunders: Who will win?
BG: Jon Fitch. By decision, obviously.
BF: I’m also going with Fitch, but suddenly he stands a much better chance of finishing a fight now that he’s fighting Saunders.
RN: (No answer due to the late change.)
Pellegrino vs. Camoes: Who takes it?
BG: Kurt Pellegrino. No freakin’ way Batman loses in his home state. If Camoes takes this, I’ll eat my hat, followed by a double-order of cheese-balls.
BF: I agree that Pellegrino wins, but I make no promises as to what kind of balls I will eat if I happen to be wrong.
RN: (See above)
Miller vs. Bocek: Who will win?
BG: Jim Miller. Is it strange to anybody else that this fight is getting main-card status over Almeida/Brown and Diaz/Markham?
BF: Miller. It’s getting main-card status so the UFC can start hyping lightweight contenders to replace the ones that B.J. Penn is destroying. Also, it’s almost guaranteed not to go to a decision.
RN: This fight could be a barn burner but I think Miller wins with his stand-up.
UFC 111 main card: More stoppages or decisions?
BG: Stoppages, 3-2.
BF: I’ll say stoppages, 4-1. So take that.
RN: I think the main card will have more stoppages, but the undercard more decisions.
Diaz vs. Markham: Who will win?
BG: Nate Diaz. We haven’t seen Markham since last February, when he got starched by Dan Hardy, and he’s been rehabbing a knee injury since the beginning of the year. It doesn’t bode well.
BF: Agreed, the long layoff will cancel out Markham’s edge in the power department.
RN: Diaz, just because he will be there for all three rounds. Markham will have to knock him out.
Almeida vs. Brown: who will win?
BG: Gotta pick with my heart here. Matt Brown is an entertaining, gutsy fighter, and I hope he pulls this one out.
BF: Almeida really hasn’t impressed lately. He’ll put Brown in some tough spots, but I think Brown pulls out a late TKO victory.
RN: Almeida, because he is a fellow Renzo Black Belt, plus I think he has more tools. Brown has a puncher’s chance as always.
Palhares vs. Drwal: Who will win?
BG: Good matchup, but it’s a pick-’em to me. So I won’t pick either of ‘em.
BF: I’m also staying out of this. Why did we even choose this one?
RN: NA – I have no idea.
The shortest fight of the night will be on the…main card or preliminary card?
BG: In the absence of any guaranteed one-rounders on the main card, I’ll go with the prelims, mainly because it’ll feature six fights. See, mom? I told you I’d put my Doctorate in statistics to use someday!
BF: Prelims. There are too many savvy vets on the main card.
RN: I think shortest fight will be on the main card.
So there you have it. Get your picks in today and join one of our two prize pools for a shot at an Apple iPad. Then come back on Monday to see whether there actually is something we can beat Roy Nelson at, or if he smokes us at this as easily if he were pummeling Kimbo Slice.