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UFC 103 Predictions

UFC 103 PosterIt’s prediction time again here at MMAFrenzy.com, and I’m going to channel my inner “Carnac the Magnificent” and try to tell you what’s on the other side of tonight’s fights. Some of the other staff from the site have joined in as well.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin Prediction:
Belfort def. Rich Franklin via (T)KO — Round 2

I personally will be pulling for Rich Franklin to pick up another victory in this bout, as I’m sure many other fans will be as well. However, Vitor Belfort has been on a role lately and has devastating power in his speedy hands. If Franklin can avoid Belfort’s power, he has a chance at pulling this victory out with a decision, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think Belfort is going to be too quick and too strong for Franklin, and will pull off the TKO in the second round. Franklin will be smart, and careful enough to avoid Belfort’s power for a while, but eventually he will be too slow getting out of the way of Belfort’s hands and will get caught.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic Prediction:
Junior dos Santos def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via (T)KO — Round 1

Like the last bout, I will likely be pulling for the fighter I see as the underdog, Cro Cop is a legend, and I really want him to do well this time around in the UFC. Cro Cop is a top level striker, and has knocked out some of the best fighters in the world, but in recent years he seems to have lost some of his speed and power. Junior dos Santos is a hungry young fighter, with dynamite in his hands, and impressive speed. Cro Cop’s ability to avoid damage recently has been suspect in m opinion, and I think that dos Santos will overwhelm him early and not let up, putting him down in the first round.

Martin Kampmann vs. Paul Daley Prediction:
Martin Kampmann def. Paul Daley via submission — Round 1

Paul Daley is making his UFC debut filling in for Mike Swick on short notice, though he was already slated to fight on the card. Kampmann is a top level fighter, who boasts heavy hands and a strong ground game. Daley is an outstanding stand up fighter, with knock out power, but Kampmann is no slouch in the striking department. The difference in this fight will likely be Daley’s relative lack of a ground game. I expect Kampmann to take Daley down early and ground and pound his way beyond Daley’s submission defense, and eventually lock in a fight ending submission.

Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg Prediction:
Frank Trigg def. Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision

I think that Trigg and Koscheck are similar fighters, and I think that Trigg’s experience will pay dividends in this fight. Both fighters have good hands, and good wrestling and this fight could take place anywhere. Though both fighters are capable of ending fights, I don’t see it happening in this one, especially since I’m predicting Trigg for the win and his last few have come via decision. I will admit that I’m partly selected with my heart and not my head on this one, I just really like watching Koscheck lose.

Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin Prediction:
Tyson Griffin def. Hermes Franca via unanimous decision

Tyson Griffin is a top level fighter from Sacramento with a strong wrestling base. He has won multiple “Fight of the Night” honors and will definitely be pushing the action against Hermes Franca tonight. Franca has shown a past weakness against strong wrestlers and I expect more of the same here. I believe Griffin will grind out a decision with crisper striking on the feet, and some quality take downs and top control.

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)

Erain Escudero vs. Cole Miller Prediction:
Cole Miller def. Efrain Escudero via submission — Round 2

Escudero is a strong wrestler with capable ground and pound, but I think Miller is the more complete fighter and will catch Escudero in the second, possibly set up by rocking him standing.

Tomasz Drwal vs. Drew McFedries Prediction:
Drew McFedries def. Tomasz Drwal via (T)KO — Round 1

This bout will probably be over quick. Both men have won “Knockout of the Night” honors in previous outings, and will likely come out swinging for the fences. In some ways I think the outcome of this fight depends on who connects first, and I think that will be McFedries, who I also believe possesses more power.

PRELIMINARY CARD (Non-Televised)
Predictions:

  • Jim Miller def. Steve Lopez via submission — Round 1
  • Rafaello Oliveira def. Nick Lentz via split decision
  • Rick Story def. Brian Foster via unanimous decision
  • Elliot Marshall def. Jason Brilz via submission — Round 2
  • Vladimir Matyushenko def. Igor Pokrajac via (T)KO — Round 3
  • Rob Emerson def. Rafael dos Anjos via (T)KO — Round 1

KRIS KARKOSKI’s UFC 103 QUICK PREDICTIONS

  • Vitor Belfort def. Rich Franklin via (T)KO — Round 2
  • Junior Dos Santos def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via (T)KO — Round 2
  • Martin Kampmann def. Paul Daley via (T)KO — Round 3
  • Josh Koscheck def. Frank Trigg via unanimous decision
  • Tyson Griffin def. Hermes Franca via unanimous decision
  • Cole Miller def. Efrain Escudero via submission — Round 2
  • Tomasz Drwal def. Drew McFedries via (T)KO — Round 1
  • Jim Miller def. Steve Lopez via unanimous decision
  • Rafaello Oliveira def. Nick Lentz via unanimous decision
  • Rick Story def. Brian Foster via submission — Round 2
  • Jason Brilz def. Eliot Marshall via (T)KO — Round 3
  • Vladimir Matyushenko def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision
  • Rob Emerson def. Rafael dos Anjos via (T)KO — Round 2

FR702’s UFC 103 PREDICTIONS

  • Rich Franklin def. Vitor Belfort via unanimous decision
    I honestly believe that Rich will win this via UD, and stay just a step ahead of Vitor… Belfort isn’t going to run straight out and attack wildly but for some reason I just see Rich being the victor in this bout… Watchout for the left Rich because if you get touched you might go down…
  • Junior dos Santos def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via (T)KO — round 1
    As much as I personally want to see the Left High Kick ko from Cro Cop, I have to admit that I see dos Santos winning this bout in first via (t)ko.
  • Martin Kampmann def. Paul Daley via submission — Round 2
    Paul Daley stepping up and face a very tough guy on short notice, I was seriously looking forward to seeing Swick v Kampmann but hey this will do. No doubt that Daley holds power, and really needs to work on his ground technique I just see Martin overwhelming him with speed and takedowns and Kampmann wins this via submission in round 2. I see this fight being very similar to Kampmann v McFedries.
  • Josh Koscheck def. Frank Trigg via unanimous decision
    Welcome back Trigg, for your first fight you have to face a guy that is just as good as you in wrestling someone who has better submission technique than you do and perhaps has faster more powerful hands. Plus you dissed me and Eric at the Loews in Philly, I do however believe that this fight will go to a decision and it will be unanimous for Koscheck.
  • Tyson Griffin def. Hermes Franca via unanimous decision
    I see this being a battle of wills and I can’t bring myself to give Franca the win by any means. Sure he hits hard and has great subs but Griffin can take a punch and we all know that he DOES NOT TAP. Franca has his own issues with strong wrestlers, so in this fight I’m going with Griffin via unanimous decision.
  • Cole Miller def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision
  • Drew McFedries def. Tomasz Drawl via unanimous decision
  • Jim Miller def. Steve Lopez via (T)KO — round 2
  • Rafaello Oliveira def. Nick Lentz via submission — Round 2
  • Brian Foster def. Rick Story via unanimous decision
  • Elliot Marshall def. Jason Brilz via submission — Round 2
  • Vladimir Matyushenko def. Igo Pokrajac via (T)KO — Round 2
  • Rafael dos Anjos def. Rob Emerson via unanimous decision

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