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UFC 70 Predictions

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Gonzaga is a world-class BJJ specialist. He recently won the Mundials, which is considered to be the top BJJ competition in the world, so he presents plenty of opposition for Mirko should this fight go to the ground. The main issue for Gonzaga in facing Cro Cop is that, should Mirko succeed in keeping the fight standing, Gonzaga will be facing a man who many believe is the best striker in the world. This fight should present more of a test for Cro Cop than his last fight with Eddie Sanchez did, but it will still end via knockout.

Winner: Mirko Cro Cop

David Heath vs. Lyoto Machida

Machida is an undefeated up-and-comer who can count a victory over Rich Franklin as one of his career highlights. He also came THISCLOSE to beating B.J. Penn, despite the fact that Penn was fighting two full weight classes above Machida during the bout. To me, this fight seems like one of those times where Dana White feeds a scrub to a shooting star in order to get the young guy a bit more exposure and heat. He’s not above doing it, as we’ve seen recently with Cro Cop/Sanchez, and since the original scheduled fight with Forrest Griffin isn’t happening here, it seems like this is just a fight to give Machida more of a highlight reel.

Winner: Lyoto Machida

Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic

See my notes on the Machida/Heath fight above. Bisping is going to absolutely murder poor Elvis, who is just about as close to a wrestling jobber as you’ll find in UFC. The hometown boy had to be on the card, and this fight is simply to showcase him and nothing more.

Winner: Michael Bisping

Fabricio Werdum vs. Andrei Arlovski

Werdum is a PRIDE heavyweight who only has two losses on his record, both to top-tier fighters. He’s beaten some of the biggest names in the sport, including Gabriel Gonzaga. A lot of people are picking Arlovski, but I’m going in a different direction. Werdum is going to shock a lot of people and instantly cement himself as a contender for the heavyweight title with a TKO victory over the vampire.

Winner: Fabricio Werdum

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  3. soulcrew says:

    been taking an intrest in your predictions and i disagreed from the start about the big fight cro cop had it comming and he well and truly got it
    if ufc was all about standup then boxers would be swampping but notice there arnt many in mma you allso got pitbulls fight wrong but i went with you on that
    cro cop will look good up against cannon fodder wich he has been fed up untill now but randy would ground and pound him even at his age

  4. Yeah, Cro Cop sure did get it. What a knockout. That finish was the same one that Cro Cop has used countless times against other fighters, and Gonzaga turned it right back on him tonight. Gonzaga is scary, man.

    Arlovski was so boring tonight that I don’t see UFC rewarding him with a shot against the winner of Couture/Gonzaga. If I were them, I’d book Arlovski vs. Cro Cop with the winner getting a title shot in December.

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