UFC 87: The MMA Fighters Picks

With UFC 87 right around the corner – Saturday to be exact – there’s definitely no shortage of prognosticators who think they have an idea who will win the bouts at the UFC 87 event in Minneapolis, MN.  A group of MMA fighters, UFC and non-UFC, have made their picks on three select bouts, courtesy of Sherdog.  Here’s their picks:

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch

Nick Thompson: St. Pierre via TKO in the second.
Ricardo Liborio: GSP.
Nathan Marquardt: St. Pierre by TKO in round three.
Gabe Ruediger: Personally I think GSP and Fitch can go either way.
Bryan Harper: GSP by either submission or ground-and-pound.
Vinicius Magalhaes: GSP by either ground-and-pound or submission.
Din Thomas: GSP’s standup has vastly improved, but his chin is still a question mark. I don’t think Fitch can take him down and keep him down. He has to test GSP’s chin. That’ll be difficult to do so. I’ll say GSP by decision in his toughest test yet.
Alan Belcher: GSP third-round TKO.
Rob Kimmons: St. Pierre.
Chris Lytle: I like GSP.
Mike Whitehead: Fitch.
Cung Le: Jon Fitch.
Jason Lambert: It’s a pick ‘em.
Cub Swanson: GSP.
David Loiseau: GSP. He will surprise everyone, maybe even himself on how well he will perform. I’ve been training with him for years, and his progression is incredible.
Doug Marshall: GSP.
Eddy Millis: GSP via sub.
Spencer Fisher: Fitch.

Pros picking Huerta: 6
Pros picking Florian: 12

Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian

Nick Thompson: Florian via decision.
Ricardo Liborio: Florian.
Nathan Marquardt: Huerta by decision.
Gabe Ruediger: Florian by submission.
Bryan Harper: Florian by submission.
Vinicius Magalhaes: Florian by submission.
Din Thomas: Florian will out-technique Huerta due to a masterful game plan devised by a superb coaching staff.
Alan Belcher: Florian split decision.
Rob Kimmons: Huerta.
Chris Lytle: I like Florian.
Mike Whitehead: Florian.
Nathan Quarry: Florian. I love Huerta, but Florian is just on another level right now.
Cung Le: Roger H.
Jason Lambert: Huerta
Cub Swanson: Florian
David Loiseau: Huerta. Heart of a lion, will never quit, insane stamina. He will take the decision.
Doug Marshall: Ken Flo.
Eddy Millis: Huerta by decision.
Spencer Fisher: K-Flo.

Pros picking Huerta: 6
Pros picking Florian: 12

Heath Herring vs. Brock Lesnar

Nick Thompson: Brock via decision.
Gabe Ruediger: Lesnar by ground-and-pound.
Bryan Harper: Lesnar by ground-and-pound.
Vinicius Magalhaes: Lesnar by ground-and-pound.
Alan Belcher: Herring second-round TKO.
Din Thomas: Lesnar will smother Herring in a boring decision.
Rob Kimmons: Herring.
Chris Lytle: I like Lesnar.
Mike Whitehead: Herring.
Cung Le: Brock.
Jason Lambert: Lesnar.
Scott Lighty: Herring to win. He’s one of my favorite fighters.
Cub Swanson: Lesnar.
David Loiseau: Herring. I think MMA experience will be a huge factor that will get the victory.
Doug Marshall: Herring.
Eddy Millis: Herring by KO.

Pros picking Herring: 7
Pros picking Lesnar: 9 

You just saw the MMA fighters’ picks – now here are mine, based on an article I wrote with my entire UFC 87 card predictions

  • Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch

This has the makings of the fight of the night as both fighters have advantages going into this bout.  It is unquestionablethat GSP is the best at this weight class; but at the same time, I expect Fitch to make GSP earn his keep.  I predict: Georges St. Pierre defeats Jon Fitch, mid-3rd round (Submission)

  • Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta

Huerta is a vet of these kind of wars and is undefeated in the UFC (6-0); Florian brings a well-rounded reportoire to the octagon.  I sense an upset by Florian – if you consider a victory over Huerta an upset.  I predict: Kenny Florian defeats Roger Huerta, early-2ndround (Submission)

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring

Lesnaris making a homecoming, of sorts – which will serve him well.  Herring, on the other hand, needs a win in order to maintain some UFC relevancy.  This fight will not last long as Herring will after the fight ask if anyone took the license plate number of the Mack truck that hit him.  I predict: Brock Lesnardefeats Heath Herring, late-1st round (TKO – strikes)




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