UFC on Versus 2 Picks & Predictions

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 02:  Vladimir Matyushenko (blue) of the Tokyo Sabres celebrates after defeating Tim Boetsch of the New York Pitbulls during the IFL semifinals at the Continental Airlines Arena on August 2, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images for IFL)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship holds its second-ever event on the Versus Network tonight with UFC on Versus 2. The card will feature four main bouts and here are my thoughts on those key fights.

Light Heavyweight Bout – Jon Jones (10-1) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (24-4): Matyushenko is a tough guy but Jones is clearly the better and more promising fighter. This fight seems like a chance for Jones to be showcased on national television to hype an even bigger fight in the future. Look for Jones to dispose of Vlady with strikes in the second round and jump into the top five of the division.

Middleweight Bout – Mark Munoz (8-1) vs. Yushin Okami (25-5): This should be a tough grappling fight as both are great wrestlers. Okami has done well in his UFC career thanks to his size and strength and I expect him to pusher a faster pace than Munoz, which will open the door for him to score a TKO win in round three as Munoz tires. Okami has only lost to Chael Sonnen and Rich Franklin in the octagon and is very under-rated in terms of his skills.

Welterweight Bout – John Howard (14-4) vs. Jake Ellenberger (22-5): Howard has won seven straight and all four of his UFC bouts while Ellenberger is 1-1 in the octagon. Both men has explosive skills in terms of striking and wrestling, but Howard seems to have more power in his punches and is riding a wave of momentum that will carry him to a decision win on Sunday night.

Lightweight Bout – Tyson Griffin (14-3) vs. Takanori Gomi (31-6): This is the most intriguing fight on the cart in my opinion. Gomi was once considered the best in the world and now is looking to avoid an 0-2 start in the UFC. Griffin was working towards a title shot before losing his last fight to Evan Dunham. Griffin has struggled in his career with opponents that were better grapplers than him but done pretty well against strikers. In this fight, Griffin should have the speed to avoid Gomi’s strikes while scoring takedowns and pushing a pace that will be too much for Gomi to handle. I like Griffin by decision in this one.

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