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UFC 149 Main Card: Staff Picks

UFC 149 kicks off from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. MMAFrenzy is bringing back the staff picks for UFC 149 with the main card picks for tomorrow’s fights.

Just as a general rule, these are for fun, and Leonard Garcia always wins at least one fight on every card by split decision (even when he loses).

Interim UFC Bantamweight Title Fight: Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber

“I am a huge proponent of Renan Barao possibly being the best bantamweight on the planet and seeing him fight Dominick Cruz, and I am feeling a win for the Brazilian. I should state that the former WEC poster boy is massively undervalued in this bout. While Jorgensen had trouble taking down Barao, Faber has shown a level of competence in the MMA wrestling department that “Young Guns” never has. Urijah is also staggeringly quick and effective in the scramble, which will no doubt take place if he does secure a takedown. This is a fight. Likely THE “Fight of The Night”. However, I still like the Brazilian to take home the title.” – Jesse Denis

“This is simple. If the fight stays standing Barao will knock Faber Baraout. If it turns into a grappling/pummeling contest, Faber will come out with the Interim title and will face Cruz when Cruz’s knee decides it’s time to fight. If the fight becomes a maelstrom of sound and fury, Barao stands a better chance of being the Interim Champion, but if it’s a calculated fight, Faber will win. All of which is to say: Leonard Garcia by split decision.”- Steve “bsbiz” Barnes

  • Barao: 3
  • Faber: 2

Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch

While both men have knockout power, I think Hector holds the advantage technically, and when he KO’s someone they usually go to sleep for awhile. The only chance I see Boetsch having is if The fight goes into the third and Lombard gasses, then it could be all Boetsch, but I’m betting against it. – “Newfie”

  • Lombard: 4
  • Boetsch: 1

Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kong0

“Former LSU fullback Shawn Jordan is a fast-rising talent in the heavyweight division. Jordan is extremely athletic and has grown under the tutelage of Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn. Meanwhile, Kongo has dropped to the status of gatekeeper and his career is clearly coming to a close as the injuries have mounted. This decline has also shown up in his skills, as his once technical striking game has become more wild and exposed. While a heavyweight fight that is sure to see scrambles is normally a coinflip, I am leaning to towards the younger fighter. Unless Jordan has a worse sprawl than Matt Mitrione did against Kongo or he gets too reckless when trying to finish (ala Pat Barry), I have a hard time picking against him. With one fighter on the rise and one on the decline, I have to risk condemnation from my family and pick a former LSU Tiger to win.” – Chris Leslie

  • Jordan: 1
  • Kongo: 4

Brian Ebersole vs. James Head

“I think this is a step backward in competition for the hairrow wielding veteran. I like Ebersole to win.” – Jesse Denis

  • Ebersole: 5
  • Head: 0
Chris Clements vs. Matt Riddle

“Neither man is great at fighting to their strengths, but the former TUF competitor normally has the wherewithal to turn it on in the third round and look convincing when he does make it there.” – Jesse Denis

  • Clements: 2
  • Riddle: 3


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