Written by Andy
So It’s Time! as the great Bruce Buffer would say to welcome another UFC event this time its UFC 162 live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada a regular haunt for UFC events.
Today I will give a brief rundown of the fights on the main card and I’ll also give my predictions for each of the fights along with predictions from fellow MMA fans and The Sports Lab UK writers Dom & Gazz so lets get crackin.
Cub Swanson v Dennis Siver (145 lbs)
Swanson comes into this fight on a 4 fight win streak over George Roop, Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier the first 3 of which were via KO/TKO and only Ricardo Lamas has defeated him in the UFC Octagon. Siver isn’t in bad form himself beating Diego Nunes and Nam Phan via unanimous decision in his last two bouts since his submission loss to Donald Cerrone. This should be an interesting fight as Siver has shown he can go the full 3 rounds and decision people but for me Cub Swanson is the younger guy and man in form put of both 145lb combatants and should take the win.
Andy’s Prediction – Swanson via KO/TKO (Round 2)
Dom’s Prediction – Swanson via Submission (Round 2)
Gazz’s Prediction – Swanson via Decision
Mark Munoz v Tim Boetsch (185 lbs)
I was very inspired by the recent link UFC posted online about Mark Munoz’s battle with weight and depression to go from losing all his weight and regaining focus on fighting in the UFC. The Filipino Wrecking Machine looks just like his nickname and is in great shape after his training camp for this fight. He may have lost to Chris Weidman a year ago but lets not forget the names he claimed on the way to that fight in CB Dollaway, Demian Maia and Chris Leben. Boetsch was on a winning run himself after defeating Kendal Grove, Nick Ring, Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard in a 4 fight win streak before being KO’d in round 3 by Costa Philippou in his last outing. While The Barbarian has yet to lose two fights in a row in his MMA career I can see him doing just that for the first time as Munoz will for me produce the performance of his career on Saturday and take the win.
Andy’s Prediction – Munoz via KO/TKO (Round 1)
Dom’s Prediction – Boetsch via Unanimous Decision
Gazz’s Prediction – Boetsch via KO/TKO (Round 2)
Tim Kennedy v Roger Gracie (185 lbs)
Another fight from the 185 lb division see’s Tim Kennedy fight Roger Gracie and the unique situation of two former Strikeforce fighters both making their UFC debuts. After losing to Luke Rockhold last July in their championship match in Strikeforce, Kennedy signed off from the organisation in January by beating Trevor Smith via submission which is a method of victory Kennedy has won by in a lot of his winning fights. The name Gracie needs no introduction in MMA and in his 5 fights in Strikeforce Roger would win 5 and lose only 1 to ‘King Mo’. All of his wins were via submission as you’d expect with the exception of his victory of Keith Jardine which was a decision. This will be a very tactical ground fight and really could go either way and will be all about who has the best the transitions to setup the submission. I’m going to go for Kennedy but only just this really could go either way.
Andy’s Prediction – Kennedy via Submission (Round 2)
Dom’s Prediction – Gracie via Submission (Round 1)
Gazz’s Prediction – Kennedy via Submission (Round 2)
Frankie Edgar v Charles Oliveira (145 lbs)
After some EPIC fights and a loss in his last fight to champion Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar starts the journey back to a title shot at 145 lbs against another man who has a lot of desire in Charles Oliveira. Edgar’s last 7 fights have been 5 rounders for a championship and 6 of those 7 fights went the full 5 rounds so some will ask if that number of EPIC fights will have taken its toll. Frankie will be out to prove that isn’t the case and will want to get another shot at Aldo asap. Oliveira lost to Cub Swanson in his last fight losing via KO/TKO in round 1. Oliveira has only lost to Swanson, Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller after having his shocking decision against Nick Lentz overturned a few years back but I can see Edgar going all out in this fight and we could see some fireworks from “The Answer”.
Andy’s Prediction – Edgar via KO/TKO (Round 2)
Dom’s Prediction – Edgar via Submission (Round 2)
Gazz’s Prediction – Edgar via Unanimous Decision
Anderson Silva v Chris Weidman (185 lbs)
It truly is always a pleasure anytime I have to speak or write about Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva whose UFC record currently stands at 16 fights and 16 wins. Anderson looked amazing in his last fight in October dismantling another of my all time favourites Stephan Bonnar in the very first round. He truly is getting better everytime we see him and that first fight against Chael Sonnen seems to have motivated Anderson to better each fight as it comes. Lets not forget his very worthy opponent in Chris Weidman though, its not often you will see a fighter of his quality and current unbeaten record of 9-0 as a very heavy underdog but thats exactly what he is and also highlights how good Silva is. Weidman has names on his winning record like Munoz and Maia but he is fighting the pound for pound best in MMA and possibly ever. Silva will win this via KO/TKO in either the 2nd or 3rd round for me unless Weidmann does a Sonnen only finishes him but in my view that is unlikely.
Andy’s Prediction – Silva via KO/TKO (Round 3)
Dom’s Prediction – Silva via KO/TKO (Round 1)
Gazz’s Prediction – Weidman via Submission (Round 4)
So thats the fight predictions we might as well predict the prizes on offer also!
Fight of the Night
Andy’s Prediction – Edgar v Oliveira
Dom’s Prediction – Edgar v Oliveira
Gazz’s Prediction – Munoz v Boetsch
KO of the Night
Andy’s Prediction – Mark Munoz
Dom’s Prediction – Anderson Silva
Gazz’s Prediction – Frankie Edgar
Submission of the Night
Andy’s Prediction – Tim Kennedy
Dom’s Prediction – Roger Gracie
Gazz’s Prediction – Tim Kennedy
So there you have it UFC 162 is setup, previewed and good to go just need the weigh ins and press conferences then It’s Time! to witness what I’m sure will be a top show!