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UFC 89 fight predictions and analysis


The UFC is broadcasting UFC 89 for free on SpikeTV this Saturday. The fight airs at 9pm EST and is a solid card from top to bottom.

For what it’s worth, here are my predictions for Saturdays fight:

Main Card Bouts:
-Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luiz Cane
-Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera
-Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly
-Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle

Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle

This should be a pretty good fight, and it’s probably going to be a slugfest. Both of these fighters like to keep the fight standing because they both have legitimate stand up games.

If Lytle isn’t getting the better of the stand up with Taylor, and I believe that he can, he should take him down. Lytle has slick submissions and I believe he can submit Taylor should the fight go to the octagon canvas. Two of Taylor’s three losses have come by way of arm bar submission.

Prediction: Chris Lytle – Submission Round 3

-Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly

This is going to be another slugfest. Undefeated British fighter Paul Kelly will face his toughest fight yet when he steps in the cage with Marcus Davis. Davis lost his last fight, but was riding an 11-fight win streak prior to that loss.

I think Kelly will put up a decent fight, but Marcus Davis is going to be too much for him to handle. Davis is incredibly strong and hits like a ton of bricks. Much like Lytle, he has a great submissions. I think Davis can knock out or submit Kelly, winning by whichever he chooses. Marcus will probably keep the fight standing and opt to knock Kelly out.

Prediction: Marcus Davis – KO/TKO Round 2

Light Heavyweights
-Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera

This is an interesting fight for a lot of reasons. Keith Jardine is coming off an embarrassing knockout loss to “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva. Knockout losses like that are pretty hard get over, so it will be interesting to see how Jardine has rebounded.

This will be Brandon Vera’s second fight at 205lbs. His last fight was far from entertaining; we have not seen the Brandon Vera of old in quite some time. The weight cut was probably a big factor in his last performance, so I hope that he has kept his weight down and has adjusted to the weight class.

Jardine tends to give traditional strikers a lot of trouble because his stand up is pretty unorthodox. Vera’s muay thai is pretty solid, and if he comes into this fight ready to knock Jardine out, I believe that he can win the fight. I don’t know if he will actually be able to knockout Jardine, but I do see him controlling the action and setting the pace of the fight. A unanimous decision is probable, but let’s hope for a knockout.

Prediction: Brandon Vera – Unanimous Decision

Light Heavyweights
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luiz Cane

This is going to be another great fight. Luiz Cane is a heavy-handed striker who has 8 wins with 7 of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO. Sokoudjouis also a heavy-handed beast of a light heavyweight who has some impressive knockout victories to his credit.

This is a tough one to call. Anything can happen in this fight. I have to go with my gut, so I am going with Sokoudjou.

Prediction: Sokoudjou KN/TKO Round 1


-Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben

I am really excited for this fight because I don’t like Michael Bisping in the least.

I am not a tremendous fan of Chris Leben, but the guy comes in to finish fights, has knockout power, and a chin made of concrete.

I had a dream that Chris Leben knocked Bisping out. My prediction is based solely on this dream. I didn’t actually see the fight happen in my dream; I was watching the post fight press conference where Leben discussed knocking Bisping out in the first round.

Yes, I dislike Michael Bisping so much that I dream of him being knocked out.

Anyway, Bisping is pretty technical and very fast, but has no knockout power what so ever. I don’t think he is going to stun Leben at all, and I think that Leben’s unorthodox stand up game and knockout power can eventually catch up to Bisping.

I don’t know if he can pull it off in the first round, but I truly believe Leben can send “The Count” to the canvas.

Don’t make a fool out of me, Leben.

Prediction: Chris Leben KO/TKO Round 3

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Category: Brandon Vera, Chris Leben, Chris Lytle, Keith Jardine, Luiz Cane, Marcus Davis, Michael Bisping, Paul Kelly, Paul Taylor, Predictions, Sokoudjou, SpikeTV, UFC, UFC 89




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Web programmer by day, practicing mixed martial artist at night, Larry Vollmer Jr. brings the latest news from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the rest of the mixed martial arts world - a fast-spreading obsession on TV and online. These are the bouts - they occur in an octagon-shaped "ring" - that test men's souls.