Posted: 10/2/2012 1:13:36 PM
A few prelim thoughts:
Silva/Browne - I love Browne. Silva has won with his size in the past, and his strength and size won't be an advantage here. Browne has displayed skill on the ground and on the feet, and his speed will be the key vs a slow and prodding Bigfoot
Ellenberger/Hieron - Ellenberger stock has gone down recently, in my books. He should outclass Hieron, but I'm not too excited laying -300 or more on Jake. I think his gas tank is still a question mark, and I think Hieron can possibly win this fight late, or by decision, if he can withstand a couple early barrages
Neer/Edwards - I love Neer. He's aggressive and he's a finisher. He was not doing too badly vs Pyle before he got KOd.Neer's standup is not very good, but he hits hard. And he's pretty saavy on the ground, so I think he's better all around. I expect Edwards to get finished for the first time
Tavares/Hallman - Hallman's only key to winning seems to be ground control and sub - I think Taveares will be stronger, and will dictate the fight stands, and he TKOs a tired Hallman.
Castillo/Johnson - castillo is boring and not very skilled. Johnson has been steadily improving. Leaning Johnson
Volkmann/Roller - the wrestling should cancel each other out. Volkmann's standup is terrible, so I think Roller has that edge and he wins a decision
Stephens/Edwards - not sure about this one yet. Should be a good close. interested to see how the odds come out
Nunes/Bart - Nunes is a stud in his prime. Bart is not. Nunes finds a way to win, even if he has to drag it to decision
Pierce/Simpson - defintely a decision. probably another split. flip a coin, or take the underdog
Prater/Levasseur - not sure yet, but I would lean Prater. Prater recently lost to Grant and Silva, which is not a real knock against your record
Dodson/eyon... - dodson by decision???