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Ryan “Fightlinker” Harkness has cast his final picks in our UFC 85 ipecac bet rematch; you can check out his take on the Bedlam matchups here. I was a little nervous picking Hughes and Werdum to win because both matches could definitely go either way, but Ryan has set my mind at ease by picking Hughes and Werdum as well (though he picked them to end by stoppage, rather than my decision calls). Of course, there are some notable points of dispute. Such as…
Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day
I said: Bisping by storm.
Ryan said: “I’m all over Jason Day’s nuts. After watching him destroy Alan Belcher, I’m convinced that there’s no way Michael Bisping is gonna be able to take him out. Bisping nearly got taken out by Elvis Sinosic for god’s sake. So I anticipate one round of tenderization and then Bisping getting subbed out on top in the second.”
Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
I said: Davis in a wild one.
Ryan said: “Davis has been on an upswing and Swick has been on a downswing. But Marcus hasn’t faced the kind of opponents Swick has, and has turned into a cocky motherfucker to boot. I’m expecting Swick to come in with a smart plan: put him on his back and don’t give Davis a chance to use his hands. This fight is simply too important for Swick to try and trade.”
Matt Wiman vs. Thiago Tavares
I said: Tavares by who cares.
Ryan said: “Everyone’s underestimating Wiman and overestimating Tavares. Tavares is the weakest of the UFC’s Thiago trio, and has a hard time finishing fights. Add the fact that he seemed completely stumped by Michihiro Omigawa (who Wiman pummelled for 3 rounds), and I think he’s just not that great. On the other hand, Matt Wiman keeps getting better. His jiu jitsu was wild and sloppy in his first two fights but in his third he put it all together and wasted his last opponent in three minutes.”
Luiz Cane vs. Jason Lambert
I said: Lambert by Punishment.
Ryan said: “Cane is supposed to be the next big thing at 205. Jason Lambert sucks. Cane knocks people out. Lambert gets knocked out. All of Cane’s fights end in the first round. Jason Lambert sucks.”
Antoni Hardonk vs. Eddie Sanchez
I said: Sanchez by late haymaker.
Ryan said: “Hardonk is a great kickboxer who prefers to use his terrible jiu jitsu. Eddie Sanchez is a self-styled brawler who can’t seem to knock anyone out. I’d say this is gonna be a sloppy fight that will end with Hardonk landing some kind of submission that will have Joe Rogan going ‘Wow, that’s not really how it’s supposed to be done, but I guess it worked’.”
What do you think? Is Ryan going to have to record a video of himself violently purging, or am I? Lemme know in the comments section…