The UFC Fight Night 84 main event between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping is the biggest fight on an exclusive Fight Pass card. I do not think it will be bigger than the UFC Dublin event from July of 2014 but the winner of this fight is likely to get the next middleweight title shot; at least, possibly get one, who knows these days when it comes to UFC title shots.
What amazes me is how this fight is getting lost in all the noise surrounding UFC 196 and UFC 200. Or, does Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping for a possible title shot mean so little to us? Either fighter getting a title shot at this point in their respective careers would be noteworthy.
Along with the Silva and Bisping main event, there are several potentially entertaining fights and a couple that also could have title implications in the future.
After missing last week’s UFC card – the picks are back.
Anderson Silva vs Michael Bisping
Two true UFC veterans with 43 UFC fights between them. If there was any doubt about Silva being one of the all-time greats then Bisping’s coaches are poised to remind you of that every time a camera is put in front of their faces for the first UFC Embedded.
It is hard to see Bisping winning this fight. He will bring the pressure but that will play right into Silva’s strengths as a counter-puncher. Silva has slowed down but Bisping is not going to be fast enough to take advantage of that. I think Silva struggles with more explosive fighters but Bisping will get caught at some point.
Silva via TKO in the third round.
Gegard Mousasi vs Thales Leites
Gegard Mousasi has struggled to gain any real momentum in the UFC going just 4-3 since April 2013. He was thought of as a title contender when he entered but now struggling to stay in the top ten. While Thales Leites had a five-fight win streak before his loss to Bisping in his last fight.
I feel that Leites has less mileage than Mousasi and I like his power to at some point alter the fight. Mousasi has to fight the perfect fight for three rounds. Sometime during the fight, he will make a mistake and Leites will capitalize on it.
Leites by TKO in the second round.
Tom Breese vs Keita Nakamura
This is a test for young prospect Tom Breese taking on a classic veteran Keita Nakamura. A test he should easily pass. Breese has shown nice power in his first two UFC fights and I like that trend to continue. Look for an exciting first round finish from the exciting Breese.
Breese via TKO in the first round.
Francisco Rivera vs Brad Pickett
Normally a fighter coming into a fight with a 1-3 record in their last four fights and 4-5-1 overall is in danger of being released by the UFC. However, Francisco Rivera is one of the few fighters who could afford another loss or two before being in danger but does not want to test that theory.
His last fight against John Lineker was Dana White’s number six-fight of 2015. Expect another exciting one here with Brad Pickett who could be in danger of getting cut with another loss. He is riding a three-fight losing streak and is 4-6 overall in the UFC. His losses have come against some of the best competition but he cannot afford more of them.
Given the stakes for the two fighters and the styles expect fireworks. Pickett is the older fighter and seems to be worn down a little more. Look for Rivera to catch Pickett late in the second or early in the third round.
Rivera via TKO.
Mike Wilkinson vs Makwan Amirkhani
Mike Wilkinson is the better pure striker but not by that much. Makwan Amirkhani has shown some power with his striking and has excellent grappling. Look for Amirkhani to get the fight to ground and lock up a submission win.
Amirkhani via a submission in the first round.
Davey Grant vs Marlon Vera
It has been over two years since we last saw Davey Grant in the octagon when lost in the TUF 18 finale to Chris Holdsworth. He is taking on Marlon Vera another TUF alumnus. They both are excellent grapplers but Grant has better striking. Look for him to win the standup and the fight.
Grant via UD.
Scott Askham vs Chris Dempsey
I like Scott Askham via TKO.
Arnold Allen vs Yaotzin Meza
Arnold Allen’s ascension continues. Allen takes a UD.
Bradley Scott vs Krzysztof Jotko
Scott via UD.
Norman Parke vs Rustam Khabilov
This could easily be the fight of the night. Two talented tough fighters who can throw down anywhere and both need a win. I think Khabilov is a little better and edges out the win.
Khabilov via UD.
Daniel Omielanczuk vs Jarjis Danho
I like Danho to get the TKO in his UFC debut.
Teemu Packalen vs Thibault Gouti
Look for Gouti to take a UD.
David Teymur vs Martin Svensson
Svensson via submission.
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