…and here we go! UFC 118 Predictions

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Local MMA, Marketing, PR, UFC

Finally, the UFC has come to Boston.  Tomorrow is UFC 118 at TD Bank North.   As you have seen from this week’s posts, the New England area is welcoming MMA with mixed feelings and I look forward to seeing what the overall review of the sport is as the Fan Expo closes and the TD Bank lights dim post-main event.

Once again, let’s review this great card that Dana White is throwing the home town crowd:

  • Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn: Light Weight Title Fight
  • Randy Couture vs James Toney
  • Damian Maia vs Mario Miranda
  • Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
  • Nate Diaz vs Marcus Davis
  • Joe Lauzon vs Gabe Ruedigar
  • Andre Winner vs Nik Lentz
  • Jim Miller vs. John Salter
  • Nick Osipczak vs Greg Soto
  • Mike Pierce vs Amilcar Alves

As a marketer I’m excited to see what brands come out to play here in Bean Town.  As I’ll be trolling the Fan Expo like a little kid, my eyes will be wandering to see who is here to sell to the UFC faithful.  As a sports fan, I’m excited to see the local fighters get to put on a show in Boston’s biggest stage (outside of Fenway of course).   As you probably noticed from other posts, I’m not a fan of Kenny Florian. I’ll leave it at that and save that conversation for another day/post.  I will however, be  cheering on MA local, Joe Lauzon.

Lauzon will be taking on former Team Penn teammate from The Ultimate Fighter, Gabe Ruedigar.  This is the classic battle of the hard working fighter and the lazy fighter.  I hope that the fight is quick and Lauzon puts an exclamation point on Ruedigar, showing the UFC why he  needs to be considered in the top contenders of the 155 division.

Breaking Down the Main Event:

“The Answer” Frankie Edgar
2 TKOs
3 Submissions
7 Decisions

“The Prodigy” B.J. Penn
6 TKOs
6 Submissions
3 Decisions

This will not be a 5 round war as the last fight was.  I predict Penn will come out aggressive and take his title back in the late first or early second round.  I predict we’ll see the same aggressive style that quickly dispatched Joe Stevenson vs. the methodical – and planned – 4 round beating that Penn gave Kenny Florian.   The above stats speak volumes.  There is no doubt that Edgar is a great athlete, but he is someone that grinds out wins.  Penn is a finisher.  Look for the rear naked choke and the return of the 155 lb belt to Hilo.

  1. […] the title fight for the 155 lb champtionship, I’ll have to admit I was wrong.  I thought after a scontroversial win by points in their first encounter that Penn would quickly […]

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