UFC 86 predictions and more
This will be a busy week with UFC 86 on the horizon. We’ve got some interesting things in the works here for next week as we move beyond Saturday's big pay-per-view event but first, a few things on this week.
And, because it’s that time of the week, here's my pick for the UFC 86 Main Event. I’m taking Forrest Griffin over current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. I may be the only person without Griffin as a last name to pick Forrest but someone has to go with the underdog.
I think it’s obvious that Rampage is coming into this fight as a heavy favorite, which is exactly what has me concerned about this fight. It seems so simple on paper. You pick the more experienced and talented fighter. On paper, at first glance, it seems like an easier pick than the Harlem Globetrotters over the Washington Generals (a bet that always makes me cash). That being said, I think Griffin upsets Jackson in this fight.
To do that, I’m fairly certain he’ll have to submit Jackson. Rampage proved his cardio isn’t a concern in his last fight. Then again, it’s been a long time since he’s been submitted as well. Rampage is the better striker and has the edge in wrestling as well. Yet, everyone in the world is picking Jackson, so on a hunch, I’m going out on a limb and going with Griffin with a fourth-round submission.
And really, it’s the smartest pick you can make. You pick Griffin and he wins, you are a genius. You take him and he loses, then no one cares because everyone picked Jackson.
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Here are UFC 86 predictions from CBSSports.com writers.
MMAjunkie.com reports that Rich Franklin is looking to fight at UFC 88 in Atlanta, according to a source close to the event, who said the search for his opponent "is in full swing." MMARated.com then reported yesterday that Franklin's opponent will be light heavyweight Matt Hamill.
According to both links above, he’ll be fighting at 205, or is at least considering it. That move doesn’t make much sense. The current middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, is moving up to light heavyweight for several fights, so it looks like Franklin can’t escape him. I like the idea of Franklin at 205 if Silva stays at 185 because there are some intriguing fights for him at 205. I’d love to see him fight Henderson at 185 though, but other than that there isn’t much else for Franklin at 185. He’s good enough to beat everyone in the division except for the champ, who he’s lost to twice. He’s got to do something to change up his career and this could be interesting for him. He may have some more juice left but I can’t see him winning the light heavyweight championship.
Georges St. Pierre has been nominated for an ESPY. UFC.com has the news on its home page and asks reader to vote for St. Pierre.
And here's an outstanding Q&A with Jorge Gurgel, who is fighting at UFC 86 this weekend.
Check back later. I'll have more on UFC 86 later today and a Q&A with one of the fighters from the card.