UFC 112 Preview & Predictions

The UFC hosts UFC 112: Invincible this Saturday at 1PM ET from Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. as the promotion makes a trip to the Middle East for an outdoor event. Here is a look at the card, which features two title fights, and my picks for the main card bouts.

UFC Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva (25-4) vs. Demian Maia (12-1)
Silva is arguably the best fighter in the world in any weight class and Maia might be the best submission fighter in the UFC today. This style matchup has led to some boring fights for Silva in the past as the grapplers have avoided striking with him at all costs, but something tells me Maia knows he will have to mix it up. Should Maia get the fight to the ground, he can win, but likely Silva is going to knock him out first. Look for the champ to retain with a either a first round TKO or a boring five round decision.

UFC Lightweight Championship: B.J. Penn (15-5-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (11-1)
I truly feel that Edgar has the right fighting style to beat Penn, he simply lack the physical size needed to execute his plan. Edgar has the quickness to hang with Penn and the wrestling ability needed to win, but his size is not big enough to get Penn to the ground. Edgar will have to push a tremendous pace in order to really get Penn to slow down enough to be effective with his wrestling, and even if he can, we don’t know what kind of conditioning he has or what kind of damage he will have to take. Edgar is a tough guy that will give Penn some problems, but ultimately Penn will get the win by choke in round three.

UFC Welterweights: Matt Hughes (44-7) vs. Renzo Gracie (13-6-1)
Hughes seems to be more of a favorite than I think he should be. He has really become a one-sided fighter that is easy to game plan for. Gracie is a smart enough guy to know he has to work off his back in this fight, but that is his specialty. The jiu-jitsu ace will have some tricks up his sleeve for Hughes and also be able to out-strike the former champion enough to earn a decision or submission victory in the upset of the night.

UFC Middleweights: Kendall Grove (13-6) vs. Mark Munoz (7-1)
Munoz has more ways to win this fight as his striking has more power behind it than Grove’s and he has the wrestling skills to give Grove fits on the ground. Grove has shown his chin is suspect in the past, so look for Munoz to land a big punch in round two and follow it up with a barrage of strikes to earn a stoppage.

UFC Lightweights: Terry Etim (14-3) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (13-4)
Etim is a long fighter in the lightweight division and he works in strong punches with powerful kicks and he also has a solid submission game. Dos Anjos will look to mix it up, but Etim is a rising star in this division and he will have an answer for anything Dos Anjos does. Looke for Etim to win in the second round with a choke against his tired opponent.

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