Posted: 8/4/2012 12:24:36 AM
4th installment of the UFC on Fox. I'm looking forward to the card a lot. The main event is a fight I talked about specifically right before Shogun made his UFC debut. The big lights are shining bright, network tv, these guys should show up and give us a nice stand-up display.
Manny "The Anvil" -170 (2U)- Home turf advantage for Manvel coming into this fight against Omigawa who has to make the travel across the pond. Gamburyan has looked strong at 145. His only loss to Jose Aldo. I like the pace he keeps and think he'll be able to grind his way to a W in this one.
Mike Swick -210 (4U)- People hate the fact that Swick has been off for over 2 years, ring rust, blah bah. I love the fact that he took his time coming back, making sure everything was right again. I think when you train at AKA and are surrounded by killers everyday, the ring rust factor lessens. Swick is obviously more talented and explosive than DJ. A Mike Swick that's RIGHT overwhelms DJ at his best. I think Swick is right for this fight.
Ryan Bader +285 (2U)- The Machida support is immense. Most writing Bader off in this thing. At +285, sign me up. I think Bader will win this fight. He is a huge 205'er, crazy good wrestling, feeling good about himself coming into this fight. Machida has arguably lost 4 out of his last 5 fights (getting gift decision in 1st Shogun fight). Bader is a beast and I think he is going to be able to impose his game a little bit better than Machida tomorrow night.
Brandon Vera+300 (2U)- Look, fact of the matter is, Brandon Vera IS still one of the most talented guys in the game. Go ahead, laugh. The guy has all the tools. He just has to let it ride! His stage is set. If he doesn't feel the need let it all hang out in a main event fight against Shogun on Fox....that could possibly place him in a title match.....well.
I think the Henderson fight took something out of Shogun. You don't go through wars like that without any long term effects. I expect Vera to seize the moment and tap into that skill set that allowed him to just destroy guys back when he was the talk of the town.
Flame away and BOL!