UFC 85 Predictions
Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves
Matt Hughes steps back in the cage for the first time since his crushing defeat at the hands of Georges St. Pierre in December. As he looks to get back into title contention, insiders are questioning if he can remain the most dominant welterweight in the sport. This is exactly what fuels Hughes – who has gone 20 -3 since March 2001, losing only to BJ Penn and George St. Pierre – in his quest to win back the welterweight title.
His opponent, Thiago Alves, returns for the fight of his life as he attempts to add to his 5 fight winning streak which saw him knockout welterweight contender Karo Parisyan back in April on Ultimate Fight Night.
The fight is taking place at a catch weight of 174 due to Alves being 4 pounds over the welterweight 170 pound weight limit. Alves had to surrender 10% of his purse to Hughes as a result.
Had this been a title fight, it would only be 3 rounds and the belt wouldn’t change hands. Cutting and not making weight can really take a toll on a fighter emotionally and physically and you can’t have problems with either of those if you are taking on Matt Hughes – just ask St. Pierre and Penn.
Despite Alves’ having a kickboxing advantage, Hughes’ superior takedowns and ground game will rule the fight and finish it within the scheduled 3 rounds, where he will get the TKO ref stoppage due to strikes.
Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day
Both Michael Bisping and Jason Day are fresh off victories at Canada’s inaugural UFC event. UFC 83 saw Bisping live up to the hype and defeat Charles McCarthy with ease while underdog Day destroyed Alan Belcher.
Hometown hero Bisping – who has dropped to a powerful 185 since winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show as a light heavy weight -has the weight of the world on his shoulders and is under a tremendous amount of pressure to win this fight.
Although Canadian Day has only lost 5 times in over 20 match ups he has been labeled the underdog for most of his fights and UFC 85 is no exception. In his last 11 fights he has gone 10-1 and is currently on a 6 fight winning streak -with 4 of the victories at the expense of UFC vets.
Look for Day to upset Bisping in this commonwealth matchup, by doing what he does best – beating people he isn’t expected to!