my predictions (the most reliable on ExtremeSkins of course )
UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin
Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin: Irvin had a lil trouble getting to 205 during weigh-ins. Silva doesn't look that much different, definitely carrying a lil more around the chest though. this fight comes down to how fast Silva remains at 205 and whether Irvin can land that perfect shot to test Silva's chin. Irvin has said he's willing to take two shots to land one, not a smart strategy at all. Silva is to precise and will be long gone before Irvin can land his one shot.
Anderson Silva by TKO, 2nd Round
Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy: i don't trust anyone who's last name can be a first name :mad: . Vera is still talking **** as usual, but Andy is essentially a hand-picked opponent designed to get Vera a win. anything less than pure domination by Vera will be bad sign for Vera.
Vera by Submission, 1st Round
Hermes Franca vs. Frankie Edgar: Franca returns for the first time since the suspension. the layoff will probably make him a little tentative in the 1st. Edgar is great fighter, but he belongs in the 145lb division, hell i don't even think he cuts more than 5-7lbs to make 155. Franca has more power, but Edgar is probably has better technique on the feet. on the ground, Franca has some pretty good bjj, so Edgar may not want to wrestle with him too much
Franca by Split Decision
Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson: two of the better prospects in the WW division. Burns comes off his surprising submission of Carneiro & Johnson comes of the sick KO of Tommy Speer. next to Alves, Johnson may be the biggest WW in the UFC, he has great speed and power. i'm thinking Johnson will use his wrestling in reverse to keep the fight standing and end it with strikes.
Anthony Johnson by KO, 1st Round
Jake O'Brien vs. Cain Velazquez: two wrestlers, Cain is better. Cain also has better strikes. this could be a bit of bore if they get into a wrestling match
Velazquez by Unanimous Decision
C.B. Dalloway vs. Jesse Taylor: similar fighters, they're about even standing, slight edge to Dalloway in the wrestling. i think Dalloway will find a way to get a decision victory
Dalloway by Unanimous Decison
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia: Timmay will look to keep it standing, Fedor will look to get to the ground. Timmay has good takedown defense, but Fedor is very explosive in the clinch, and usually finds away to get the fight to ground somehow. once it hits the ground, Fedor has the best ground & pound in MMA, and is very good at applying armbars. Timmay should try to keep him at bay with his reach and work the distance as long as possible. its a 5 round fight, and Timmay will have to adjust to fighting in a ring as opposed to a cage. that could hurt him a little in defending takedowns.
Fedor by Submission, 3rd Round
Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell: this is Rothwell's first real test against top competition. Arlovski's been training boxing with Freddy Roach so i expect his already powerful punches, to be refined with better technique.
Arlovski by TKO, 2nd Round