Bold MMA Predictions For The Second Half Of 2010
The first half of 2010 produced some amazing moments in the sport of mixed martial arts. Brock Lesnar's amazing comeback victory via arm triangle. Chris Leben going 3-0 with wins over highly favored Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Fedor Emelianenko getting triangled by Fabricio Werdum. Anderson Silva's mockery of Demian Maia. The list goes on and on. We anticipate even more craziness for the rest of 2010 and the brain trust here at Heavy MMA tries to predict just how some of that craziness might play out. Behold, our bold, bolder, and boldest predictions for the second half of the year.
Heavy MMA Feature Writer Spencer Kyte
Bold: Randy Couture will embarrass James Toney at UFC 118
There is no way on Earth this doesn't happen. I know the fight starts in the standing position, but it won't be there too long. Couture is too smart, too savvy and too damn talented to even entertain the idea of Toney pulling the upset. "The Natural" will have him on his back early and end things before the first round is over.
Bolder: BJ Penn will reclaim the UFC Lightweight Championship
I love Frankie Edgar - his last name is my first name, what's not to love? But, beating BJ Penn twice in a row is a tough feat. Penn wasn't the ferocious attacker he had been in his previous bout with Diego Sanchez, or even as effective as he was against Kenny Florian, which tells me something was wrong. No way does lightning strike twice - Penn isn't Lee Trevino - "The Prodigy" will come out dictating the terms and taking the action to Edgar, finishing him in the championship rounds.
Boldest: Cain Velasquez, UFC Heavyweight Champion
Yeah, I said it. Write it down so that when I say, "I told you so," you know that I really did. Velasquez has all the tools to take the belt away from Brock; unmatched cardio, an outstanding wrestling base, and quality striking with developing knockout power. What has me convinced is that his last fight is always his best fight; he looked better beating Nogueira than he had before, and the trend has continued throughout his career, meaning his fight against Brock will be the best incarnation of Cain Velasquez we've seen to date.
Shane Carwin laid the blueprint on how to take Lesnar out of his game - bring the fight to him and put your hands on him early - but where Carwin was over-eager and fell victim to lactic acidosis / "adrenaline dump" / gassing out, Cain will take a more measured approach and keep the pressure on Lesnar. The champ keeps improving with each fight as well, but he's yet to face someone as well-rounded and well-suited to facing him as Velasquez.