Sylvia over Fedor, Silva over Irvin
Just handed in my predictions for the experts piece on FightTicker.com and I've listed them below. When the other people's picks are posted, I’ll throw them up for comparison’s sake.
Tim Sylvia over Fedor Emelianenko by unanimous decision. While technically not the biggest underdog on the card, I imagine Sylvia has little chance of winning in the eyes of most MMA fans. His fights are boring, he pushes people around and then just waits for a decision. Fedor, meanwhile, is the greatest fighter created in the history of combat. At least, that's what some people would have you believe.
Don't buy the hype. Fedor hasn't fought anyone in years. He might as well be fighting people in backyards on YouTube at this point. He was once a great fighter, but I'm not so sure anymore. I suppose that's the allure of this fight. If he smashes Sylvia, he hasn't lost a step. If he struggles, he's not the same man. If he loses, then he was washed up awhile ago.
I'm going with the underdog, Sylvia. Before you laugh and scoff, I'm 2-2 with my main event predictions since I've taken over this blog. Both were underdogs. Sylvia looked much better in his most recent fight (even if he did lose), which gives me hope in this one. I also heard a rumor from an MMA writer today that the UFC let Sylvia go just so he would knock off Fedor and then re-sign with the UFC. I think that rumor is hilarious and I want to believe it’s true (it’s not) so that’s another reason I’m going with Sylvia.
I don’t think he will knock him out, but he will get the decision and he will deserve it (no controversy here). I don’t know what Fedor is capable of anymore and Sylvia showed me enough last time out to think he can do just enough to win here.
Anderson Silva over James Irvin by first-round TKO. In the other big fight of the night, it means one thing if you pick Irvin -- you are not good at life. This is the easiest fight to pick, ever. Now, I understand why you may be hesitant. Irvin isn’t the type of fighter that throws down with Kimbo Slice on national television. He is actually a professional fighter. And, he’s decent.
Still, Silva is at the top of his game. His fights always end early and this one won’t go beyond the first round. Silva will knock Irvin around for awhile and will pick up the first-round TKO. When a fighter is in his prime, it's hard to pick against him. Of course, I did exactly that last time (Griffin over Rampage), but that’s because I’m brilliant. And because Griffin is underrated and is a major contender.
Irvin is alright, but he’s not that good. There’s a reason this fight is on free TV. It's partly to counter Affliction: Banned and partly to show off the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter to millions of potential new fans.