Friday, April 11, 2008

UFC 83 - Canada Edition - Preview


WW Champ Matt Serra (9-4) vs. Georges St. Pierre(15-2)- St.Pierre last fought in the UFC 79 near New Year's eve and beat Matt Hughes via armbar. Serra hasn't fought since April of 2007, having coached on The Ultimate Fighter and than suffering a significant back injury. St. Pierre has looked extremely focused and unstoppable in his victories against Koscheck and Hughes.
*MMA Blaster Pick- GSP via TKO round 3.
*MMA Blaster Poll- Currently has GSP as the favorite by a 2-1 margin.

Rich Franklin (22-3) vs. Travis Lutter (9-4)- Franklin is coming off minor knee surgery and his second loss to Anderson Silva in October of 2007. Lutter's last fight was over a year ago, and was also a loss to Anderson Silva. This was also the infamous failure at making weight. To Lutter's credit, he was able to get Silva to the ground and get mount. One of the few times that Silva has looked in trouble in the UFC. If Lutter can get Franklin to the mat, I believe he can get a submission. If Lutter is stuffed in his attempts and is forced to slug it out it will be Franklin with his hand raised.
*MMA Blaster Pick- Lutter via armbar round 3.

Nate Quarry (9-2) vs. Kalib Starnes (8-2) - Quarry last fought in September of 2007, when he KO'd Pete Sell. Starnes last fought in October of 2007, when he lost after suffering a cut to Alan Belcher. Both fighters will be shaking off a half year of ring rust, and will probably stand and trade. I think Quarry might get the better of it.
*MMA Blaster Pick- Quarry via decision.

Michael Bisping (14-1) vs. Charles McCarthy (10-4) - Bisping is coming off a split decision loss to Rashad Evans in November of 2007, and the Hamill decision. McCarthy last fought in the TUF 4 finale in November of 2006. Bisping has been talking some smack, and I believe he is very confident going into the bout. McCarthy hasn't fought in a long time and I believe this will show.
*MMA Blaster Pick- Bisping via TKO round 3.

Marc Bocek (5-1) vs. Mac Danzig (17-4) - Bocek is coming off a decision win over Doug Evans on the pre New Year's eve show of 2007. Danzig's last fight was his win over Tom Speer in the TUF 6 Finale in December of 2007. Danzig has the experience and I believe he will overwelm Bocek.
*MMA Blaster Pick- Danzig via KO round 2.


Joe Doerksen vs. Jason MacDonald- MMA Blaster Pick- MacDonald via sub round 3.
Rich Clementi vs. Sam Stout- MMA Blaster Pick- Stout via KO round 2
Alan Belcher vs. Jason Day- MMA Blaster Pick- Belcher via sub round 3.
Jonathan Goulet vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka- MMA Blaster Pick- Hironaka via decision
Ed Herman vs. Demian Maia- MMA Blaster Pick- Herman via TKO round 3.
Brad Morris vs. Cain Velasquez- MMA Blaster Pick- Cain via decision

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