FiveOuncesofPain.com Editor-In-Chief Cory Brady along with our very own David Andrest are back once again to break down this weekend’s UFC 108 card. This event kicks off the New Year and has the potential to out perform the expectations of many.
UFC 108 will be going down tomorrow evening, January 2, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring a light heavyweight battle between Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva as the headliner, a classic striker vs. grappler match-up as Paul Daley squares off with Dustin Hazelett, and much more.
So come along as Brady continues to teach Andrest a lesson in how to properly pick fights, and as always, please feel free to put up or shut up by posting a quick set of your own picks in the comment section below.
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva
David Andrest: It has been well documented that both men enter this bout with only one professional loss on each of their records. While I find Silva to be an extremely exciting fighter to watch, Evans brings much more experience against top level competition into this fight. Evans has fought on the sport’s biggest stage against some of the sport’s biggest stars and with the exception of one misstep he has performed flawlessly. While Silva brings enough power and talent to win this or any fight, I think Evans will prove to be a cut above.
Winner: Rashad Evans via decision
Cory Brady: This one is going to be fireworks for as long as it lasts, but I don’t see it making it out of the second. Silva’s relentless style will force this fight to happen, and Rashad’s willingness to engage will result in one of the two taking a canvas nap. I see Rashad using his wrestling to keep this bout standing long enough to clip Thiago with something, and from there I expect for Evans to drag the Brazilian to the canvas where he finishes him off with some good old fashioned ground and pound.
Winner: Rashad Evans via TKO
Paul Daley vs. Dustin Hazelett
David Andrest: I’ll spare you the cliche. My most vivid memories of Paul Daley are from his fight with Jake Shields. I remember Shields taking that fight to the ground and my believing instant submission for Shields. While it’s true, Shields won via armbar, Daley showed a ground defense that came as a surprise to most. Hazelett, on the other hand has been impressive in his Octagon stint , with most people remembering an impressive armbar submission over Tamdan McCrory. I love Hazelett’s image, and he seems like a smart well thought out fighter. The fact remains this will be a pretty big step up for him, with McCrory and Burkman being his marquee wins. Daley has been active, Hazelett has not. I think this is a very even match up, so based on that alone, I’m picking the Brit.
Winner: Paul Daley via TKO
Cory Brady: It doesn’t get any more “classic striker vs. grappler” than this one. Daley is one of the most explosive knockout artists in the game, while Hazelett is unquestionably one of the most eye dazzling submission artist the sport has ever seen. Daley’s disadvantage n the ground would normally make me lean in McLovin’s favor but Daley’s takedown defense is actually really, really good. It’s hard for me to visualize Dustin dragging the much stronger Brit to the canvas, but if he gets him there, he’ll keep him there for a submission.
Winner: Paul Daley via TKO
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout
David Andrest: This is going to be an interesting fight, again I feel this is a very even match up. Bravo!! Joe Silva and co. I look for Lauzon to keep this fight close not giving Stout room to work his stand up. Lauzon will take this fight to the floor and submit Stout at some point, I would guess the second.
Winner: Joe Lauzon via submission
Cory Brady: Stout’s durability will make this a fight with true “FOTN” potential. Lauzon doesn’t go the distance, but he’s going to have his work cut out for hm tonight if he intends to keep his finishing streak alive. In the end I feel like it will be Lauzon’s advantage on the ground that will be the difference maker in this one.
Winner: Joe Lauzon via submission
Duane Ludwig vs. Jim Miller
David Andrest: What’s in a name?? Duane “BANG” Ludwig comes into this fight with just about the coolest name in the sport. When I think about Ludwig it feels like he’s been fighting forever, and that is not far from the truth. He’s faced a who’s who of fighters. Penn, Gomi, Pulver, Genki Sudo, Griffen, Thmpson….and one thing remains true. Over a 10 year span, the best way to beat Ludwig is to take him down. Jim Miller is a fighter who could do just that. Miller who was originally scheculed to fight Tyson Griffin in this spot and then Sean Sherk watched his fate change as the UFC 108 curse worked it’s magic. Provided he doesn’t try to stand with Bang, I think Miller will find a way to win this fight. What concerns me is a training camp based around fighting top notch wrestlers, suddenly switching to a training camp focused on a heavy hitter with a reach advantage.
Winner: Jim Miller via decision
Cory Brady: Ludwig is legit, and there’s no questioning that, but two weeks isn’t enough time for anyone to prepare for a peaking Jim Miller in my opinion. Even if Duane had managed to get in a full training camp for this bout, I don’t see the result being any different. Great late replacement opponent, but Ludwig will be out of his league tonight. This fight will go to the ground quick, and it will stay there.
Winner: Jim Miller via TKO
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel
David Andrest: Again I have to give kudos to the UFC PR department. Considering what they are up against, they did nothing less than a stellar job promoting this ever changing card. A big part of that for me was the promotion of the Yvel/Dos Santos fight. They have done a terrific job of making Yvel appear the worthy opponent, with Dos Santos in the role of up and coming title contender. The interesting part for me is it’s all TRUE!! Yvel is better than most would like you to believe, and Dos Santos is a future challenger. I’m really tempted to pick the upset here, but we are going to keep a yearly running total of picks this year, so I will not take the chance. Just let me say, don’t be surprised if Yvel Kicks Dos Santos in the head really hard.
Winner: Dos Santos via TKO
Cory Brady: They say styles make fights, and with that in mind, there’s no way this one doesn’t turn into a shootout really quick. Dos Santos is a beast on the fight, but Yvel is a demon. If the Brazilian makes the decision to stand and bang with Gilbert, it’s going to be the big kabosh. I have a feeling that Junior may want to take this fight to the ground at some point, but I don’t feel like his wrestling is going to be of the caliber it would take to take Yvel down and keep him there. Bad match-up for Dos Santos in my opinion.
Winner: Gilbert Yvel via knockout