Georges St. Pierre will test his surgically repaired knee for the first time against Carlos Condit at UFC 154, and it’ll be the Canadian’s first fight in over 18 months. Here are my predictions for the entire UFC 154 fight card set for Nov. 17, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit
Condit is arguably the most dangerous finisher in the UFC’s welterweight division, but he’ll have his hands full against GSP. “Rush” is a competent striker by any standard, and he does have a significant advantage against Condit in the grappling department. It should be a competitive matchup, but GSP’s wrestling should guide him to victory. GSP wins via TKO.
Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks
Motivation probably won’t be a problem for either man, as the winner will probably get the next shot at the UFC’s welterweight title. Hendricks will be the favorite going into their UFC 154 encounter, but I think the matchup favors Kampmann. The Dane’s takedown defense is top notch, and he should be able to keep the fight standing. Kampmann is one of the better strikers in the UFC’s welterweight division, and he should be able to dominate the striking exchanges. Kampmann wins via decision.
Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor
Lawlor has lost three of his last five fights, and the UFC didn’t do him any favors by matching him up against Francis — who will be fighting in his native Montreal. Carmont is 3-0 in the UFC, and he has all the tools needed to deal with Lawlor. Carmont is a competent striker, but it’s his submissions Lawlor should be worried about. Carmont wins via submission
Nick Ring vs. Costa Philippou
Ring and Philippou have put together impressive records, and both train with highly respected camps. However, Philippou has faced tougher opponents in the past, and his experience should help him get past Ring. Philippou wins via decision
Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
Hominick has lost his last three fights, but he should be able to bounce back against Garza at UFC 154. Hominick is the more-rounded fighter, and that should be the difference maker in the fight. Hominick wins via TKO.
Patrick Côté defeats Alessio Sakara
Cyrille Diabaté defeats Chad Griggs
Sam Stout defeats John Makdessi
Rafael dos Anjos defeats Mark Bocek
Antonio Carvalho defeats Rodrigo Damm
Ivan Menjivar defeats Azamat Gashimov
Darren Elkins defeats Steven Siler
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.