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UFC 73 Predictions July 7, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Sports, UFC.

ufc-73.jpgUFC 73 Stacked should be one of the most exciting main cards for UFC enthusiast.  Stacked is no understatement, as the main card will have two championship fights. Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title against Nathan Marquardt and Sean Sherk will defend his lightweight title against Hermes Franca.  In addition to the championship fights, there will be three other fights scheduled on the main card.  Kenny Florian will go against Alvin Robinson in a lightweight bout.  Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will make his UFC debut against Heath Herring, and arguably the most anticipated fight on the main card, has Tito Ortiz taking on The Ultimate Fighter 2 Winner Rashad Evans.  The event takes place tonight at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.  Here are my predictions for the main card.

Florian vs. Robinson: I would say Robinson is clearly outmatched in this fight.  Kenny Florian is an experienced fighter with great jiu-jitsu and has the ability to take the will out of a fighter when he gets them on the ground and strikes with the elbows.  I just do not see Robinson having anything in his arsenal that will take Florian by surprise.

Winner: Florian by Submission

Nogueira vs. Herring: Anyone who is a fan of Pride Fighting knows Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.  Nogueira is a submission specialist who has faced the best in the world.  Nogueira and Herring have fought once before in Pride with Nogueira winning a very close fight.  Nogueira is a very experienced fighter and I expect him to pick Herring apart.  Herring is a worthy opponent however, who backs down from no one.  With this being Nogueira’s debut in the UFC, this is one fight I am really looking forward to.

Winner: Nogueira by Unanimous Decision

Ortiz vs. Evans: Evans seems to get better and better every fight.  Once seen as just a wrestler, Evans has expanded his fighting skills with better striking and improved grappling.  He remains undefeated at an amazing 15-0.  However, Ortiz will be his toughest opponent he has faced.  Ortiz has years and years of experience and has amazing strength and conditioning. Ortiz continues to state that he is in his prime, but it is safe to say that he is slowly declining.  This is a make or break fight for both fighters and whoever wins will be seriously considered for a title shot.  This is an extremely tough fight to call but as much as I like Evans, I think Ortiz will come away with the victory due to his experience.

Winner: Ortiz by Split Decision

Sherk vs. Franca: Sean Sherk is in a league of his own when it comes to training for fights.  I think that Sherk will easily come away with a victory due to his will to win and intensity.  Franca has really good jiu-jitsu but mentally, it is hard to say where he will be.  Sherk will destroy Franca in my opinion.

Winner: Sherk by Technical Knock Out

Silva vs. Marquardt: Anderson Silva is an amazing striker with underrated ground skills.  He is the current middleweight champion having gone through Rich Franklin to get the belt.  Marquardt is well rounded in all areas and has the heart and will to contend with anyone in the UFC.  Both are in phenomenal shape and it should be a great fight tonight.  I have to go with Silva in this bout. Silva is by far one of the best strikers in the UFC.  I think Marquardt will get caught up in the hype of the fight and will try to stand up against Silva, which will result in Silva picking him apart.

Winner: Silva by Knock Out

This is a great main card and the fights should be very entertaining.  All of the fights could be main events.  I think my predictions will mostly be correct, but anything can happen in the UFC.



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