UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2 will be airing this Saturday, August 11th, from Denver, Colorado, live on Pay Per View. The Nation went 3-1 in his last set of predictions for UFC on Fox 4, and is now 32 of 48 overall.
1) Justin Lawrence (4-0) vs. Max Holloway (5-1): Lawrence is a contestant from the most recent TUF, with pretty good stand up. Holloway is 5-1, but is 1-1 in the UFC. Both are very young – Lawrence is 22, and Holloway is 20, so neither youth nor experience is a big factor here. This could be a pretty tough fight, but I’ll go with Lawrence. Prediction: Lawrence by KO.
2) Yushin “Thunder” Okami (26-7) vs. Buddy Roberts (12-2): Okami has lost 2 fights in a row, but should be able to ground and pound his way over Roberts. Okami is big for 185, and he should use that size advantage to control Roberts on the ground and grind out a victory. Prediction: Okami by decision
3) Jake Shields (27-6) vs. Ed Herman (20-7): After having fought his last 4 fights at 170, Shields returns to 185 versus Herman. Shields needs to bring this to the ground and use his smothering ground control to get the win. It’ll be a typical slow Shields fight, but it’ll be a win. Prediction: Shields by decision
4) Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (18-4-1) vs. “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (30-10-2-1 NC): If Henderson vs. Edgar wasn’t headlining the card, I would say this was a sure fire bet for fight of the night. Friends and former training partners, both are excellent stand up fighters. The difference however is that when it goes to the ground, you always expect Guillard to get submitted with every transition. Cerrone has 13 submissions to his name, and he uses his excellent kickboxing skills to set up his submission game. Expect the same here. Prediction: Cerrone by submission.
5) For the UFC Lightweight Championship Of The World: The Champion – Benson “Smooth” Henderson (16-2) vs. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (14-2-1): Henderson beat Edgar back in February to win the 155 lbs. UFC title. It was an exciting fight, and although Edgar says it was close and controversial, it really wasn’t. Henderson had that fight in the bag. Edgar is a small lightweight, but unlike a lot of other 155 pounders, Hederson has the size and the speed and agility to both out muscle Edgar and cut off his angles. Both have great stamina and an excellent wrestling base. Henderson just doesn’t get submitted or knocked out though, and the longer the fight goes, the more the advantage goes to Henderson. Prediction: Henderson by decision