UFC 146 Predictions

On May 26th, the UFC will invade the MGM Grand for UFC 146 and provide viewers with a rare opportunity to see a pay-per-view card comprised solely of the organization’s elite heavyweight goliaths. In the main event of the evening, UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos will seek to defend his belt for the first time against perennial contender and jiu-jitsu wizard, Frank Mir. While the fight was originally slated to pit Dos Santos against fellow striker Alistair Overeem, Overeem later failed a pre-fight drug test causing the UFC to shuffle their deck of heavyweights, with Frank Mir coming out as the winner of the Dos Santos sweepstakes.

 

The co-main event features another solid heavyweight tilt between former champ Cain Velasquez and the up and coming Antonio Silva. Both men are coming of KO losses and are looking to reposition themselves at the front of the line for the title. Three additional heavyweight battles will round out the main card: Roy Nelson seeks to display his steadily improving physique and cardio against tough challenger Dave Herman. Rising prospect Shane Del Rosario will enter the cage against the undefeated Stipe Miocic, and finally, Lavar “Big” Johnson will step in for injured Mark Hunt to fight for the second time this month taking on the always exciting Stefan “the Skyscraper” Struve.

While the pay-per-view card is highlighted by the heavy hitting big men, the UFC has put together a stacked seven-fight preliminary card that is sure to please the hardcore fans. The undercard is highlighted by a featherweight clash between former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao and Darren Elkins and a 155-pound striking battle between the impressive Brazilian, Edson Barboza, and former WEC lightweight champ, Jamie Varner.

Five more PPV worthy fights will finalize the preliminary card: former WEC bantamweight champ Mike Brown will take on Daniel Pineda. Jason Miller will look to rebound from his embarrassing performance against Michael Bisping in a make or break fight against C.B. Dollaway. Knockout artists Dan Hardy and Duane Ludwig will do battle and both try to avoid getting their termination papers. British submission specialist Paul Sass will put his undefeated record on the line against seasoned veteran Jacob Volkmann. Last but not least, in a fight that hardcore fans will definitely appreciate, Glover Teixeira will finally make his UFC debut against TUF-alumni Kyle Kingsbury.

Can Mir handle the crisp boxing and knockout power of Dos Santos or will we finally see a foe that can expose “Cigano’s” possible kryptonite on the ground? Is Antonio Silva ready to take on the likes of a former UFC Champ? Will Lavar Johnson continue to impress the bosses and make a run at the UFC title? Stay tuned on May 26 and make sure you check out all of the predictions and the UFC 146 bet pack here at Kamikazeoverdirve.net.

Joel Richer– Co-Editor

UFC 146 Main card

Heavyweight Championship bout:

265lbs: Brazil Junior dos Santos (C) vs. United States Frank Mir

265lbs:  United States Cain Velasquez vs. Brazil Antonio Silva

265lbs: United States Roy Nelson vs. United States Dave Herman

265lbs: Croatia Stipe Miocic vs. United States Shane del Rosario

265lbs: Netherlands Stefan Struve vs. United States Lavar Johnson

Preliminary card (FX & Sportsnet)

145lbs: Brazil Diego Brandao vs. United States Darren Elkins

155lbs: Brazil Edson Barboza vs. United States Jamie Varner

185lbs: United States Jason Miller vs. United States C.B. Dollaway

170lbs: England Dan Hardy vs. United States Duane Ludwig

Preliminary card (Facebook)

155lbs: United States Jacob Volkmann vs. England Paul Sass

205lbs: United States Kyle Kingsbury vs. Brazil Glover Teixeira

145lbs: United States Mike Brown vs. United States Daniel Pineda

* All predictions included the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions