After going 10-0 with my UFC on FX predictions, I’ve set the bar pretty high for myself. Here are my predictions for the UFC on Fox 2 fight card set for Jan. 28, at the United Center in Chicago, IL:
Rashad Evans versus Phil Davis
Evans looked amazing in his last fight against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133, stopping the former light-heavyweight champion in the second round. Rashad’s striking looked significantly improved, and that should cause major problems for Davis when the two meet inside the Octagon. Both MMA fighters have solid wrestling backgrounds, and there is a good chance a majority of the fight will be spent striking. Davis’ striking is still in the rudimentary stages, and he’ll probably get the first blemish on his MMA record at UFC on Fox 2. Evans wins via TKO.
Chael Sonnen versus Michael Bisping
The winner of this bout will get the next crack at middleweight champion Anderson Silva, so motivation will not be an issue for either man. Bisping is clearly the better striker, but keeping a fight standing against Sonnen is no easy task. Sonnen will find a way to get the fight to the ground and grind out a decision.
Demian Maia versus Chris Weidman
Weidman’s undefeated MMA record will be on the line when he faces Maia at UFC on Fox 2. Maia’s striking skills are constantly improving, and he should be fine in the standup department. Weidman will probably want to utilize his wrestling skills, but that will only play to Maia’s strength. Maia is a world-class BJJ specialist, and it’ll only be a matter of time before he catches Weidman. Maia wins by submission.
Evan Dunham versus Nik Lentz
Lentz lost his last fight against Mark Bocek, but he should be able to get back on track against Dunham. Besides losing two of his last three fights, Evan’s performance against Shamar Bailey wasn’t particularly impressive, and I just don’t see him defeating a tough, well-tested MMA veteran like Lentz. Nik wins by decision.
Mike Russow defeats John Olav Einemo
Johnny Bedford defeats Mitch Gagnon
George Roop defeats Cub Swanson
Charles Oliveira defeats Eric Wisely
Shane Roller defeats Michael Johnson
Joey Beltran defeats Lavar Johnson
Chris Camozzi defeats Dustin Jacoby