UFC 134 will be the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second event in Brazil. The UFC 134 fight card is stacked with some of the best MMA fighters in the world, headlined by a middleweight title bout between current champion Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. Here are my predictions for UFC 134, scheduled for August 27, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Anderson Silva versus Yushin Okami
Silva clearly dominated the first encounter between the two MMA fighters. It’s hard to see things going differently given the fact Silva will be fighting in the Octagon for the first time in his native country. Not to mention, Chael Sonnen (who has made offensive comments towards Brazilians in his frequent verbal spouts) will be cornering Okami which guarantees there won’t be a single soul in the HSBC Arena rooting for the Japanese MMA fighter. Silva wins by KO.
Mauricio Rua versus Forrest Griffin
Tough MMA fight to call, Forest won the first encounter between the two, but Rua has been impressive in all his subsequent fights (besides losing to current light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones). With home-Octagon advantage on his side, Rua should be able to gut out the win against Griffin. Rua wins by decision.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira versus Brendan Schaub
Nogueira is a legend in MMA while Schaub clearly has a bright future in the sport. With wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic in his last two fights, Schaub should be able to add another big name MMA fighter to his resume at UFC 134. Schaub wins by KO.
Ross Pearson versus Edson Barboza
Coming off an impressive win over Anthony Njokuani, Barboza shouldn’t have any problems taking care Pearson at UFC 134. Barboza win by TKO.
Luiz Cane versus Stanislav Nedkov
Nedkov should impress many in his UFC debut with a dominant performance against Cane. Nedkov wins by TKO.
Thiago Tavares defeats Spencer Fisher
Rousimar Palhares defeats Dan Miller
Paulo Thiago defeats David Mitchell
Johnny Eduardo defeats Raphael Assuncao
Yuri Alcantara defeats Felipe Arantes
Ian Loveland defeats Yves Jabouin