By: Dale Leavitt
Remember this date. On May 26, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. There will be some all you can buffet's going out of business in Las Vegas. It seems the UFC has claimed this night "Flubber on the Rubber". In all seriousness, I am excited to see an all heavyweight main card. This card has seen some changes though. Overeem will not be fighting due to failed drug test. Evan Dunham and Gabriel Gonzaga will also not be fighting due to injuries. Lets take a look at the revamped fight card and I will give you my predictions for each on the main card.
Dos Santos vs Mir
I have enjoyed watching Frank Mir fight over the years. This is probably his last chance to wear the heavyweight belt. The only way Frank can win this fight though is to somehow get get Junior on the ground and win by submission. However, Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos is a true warrior with 11 of his 14 wins ending in the first round, mostly by tko from punches. I see this fight ending similar to the Lesnar vs Mir 2 fight. Dos Santos will win in the first round via referee stoppage from punches.
Velasquez vs Silva
Antonio "Pezao" Silva is making his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez. I think this match-up could get fight of the night. Silva has beat Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko but is coming off a loss from Sept 2011 to Daniel Cormier. Cain has a perfect record except for the lone loss to Dos Santos. This fight is hard for me to predict but I have to go with Cain coming out and proving he still belongs on the top of the heavyweight division. Silva will be a good heavyweight for the future but will fall victim to a barrage of punches. KO 3rd round Velasquez.
Nelson vs Herman
My man! Roy "Big Country" Nelson against Pretty Boy Dave Herman. Although, I think Herman is the better all around fighter, I don't think he will be able to KO Nelson. Nelson not looking like he has alot of stamina will outlast Herman and earn a referee stoppage due to punches. Nelson TKO Punches late 2nd round
Del Rosario vs Miocic
Hears a toss up. We have 2 undefeated heavyweight fighters meeting each other for the first time. Del Rosario was a top heavyweight before a car accident that left his back in bad shape, his last fight was in Feb 2011. Miocic is coming off of a victory over previously undefeated Philip De Fries. Although, I think Del Rosario is the better fighter, I believe this is just a tune up fight for him to get him back to form. I am picking an upset here by Miocic. Miocic 3rd round TKO
Hunt vs Struve
Mark Hunt against Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve is an interesting match-up. Hunt has 8 wins and 7 losses, all but 1 of his losses coming via submission (mostly armbar). Stefan Struve is 23-5 with 15 wins coming via submission (mostly triangle or rear naked chokes, only 2 by armbar). Hunt is coming off of 3 straight wins but if Struve can get Hunt to slip or fall it will only be a matter of time before he gets Hunt to tap. Struve will win via submission (rear naked choke) 2nd round.
Brandao vs Elkins
Barboza vs Varner
Miller vs Dollaway
Volkmann vs Sass
Hardy vs Ludwig
Kingsbury vs Texeira
Brown vs Pineda
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