Getting ready for UFC 87
We are days away from UFC 87 and this is the card I’ve been looking forward to all summer. Affliction: Banned should go down as the most important event of the summer because it showed that Fedor is still one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but Saturday’s pay-per-view in Minnesota has some very interesting bouts.
The main event is Georges St. Pierre defending his welterweight championship against Jon Fitch. Most people don’t know a lot about Fitch, but hopefully that doesn’t make them take him lightly. Fitch is a very good fighter and one of the best welterweights St. Pierre has faced in awhile. Depending on your point of view on Matt Hughes, Fitch may be the best opponent St. Pierre has faced since B.J. Penn. I'm leaning towards St. Pierre, but it could be closer than a lot of people think.
The Kenny Florian-Roger Huerta fight should be excellent, but the fight I find the most intriguing is Brock Lesnar against Heath Herring. Both fighters desperately need a win. A lot of hopes are pinned on Lesnar for the UFC’s heavyweight future and he could be a terrifying fighter. Herring also needs a win because his UFC run has been less than impressive. Lesnar is no Fedor, but a win over him would be Herring’s best UFC win.
Of course, Lesnar excels at one key area -- wrestling. Herring’s big flaw is wrestling and he’s not very good on the ground. On paper, Lesnar should be able to defeat Herring handily. Herring isn’t a bad fighter though and he’s working with some smart people, so I think this could be a closer fight than people think. Lesnar is a fighter with plenty of flaws, but I’m not sure Herring will have the tools to execute. With three big fights, this weekend is shaping up nicely.
I’m turning my picks in on Tuesday -- who do you take?