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UFC Fight Night 52

MMA Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs Nelson predictions

With Andrei Arlovski’s massive upset of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, and Ben Rothwell’s win over Alistair Overeem, the mid-section of the UFC heavyweight division in a state of flux.

Now, it’s Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson’s turn to get in on the action. Nelson has been a gatekeeper, while Hunt was a Junior dos Santos heel kick knockout loss away from a shot.

Who will prevail and take the next step?

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman shares her picks on the main event matchups:

Cassie Wiseman
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and proficient in Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

In case you missed the weigh-ins:

#14 KYOJI HORIGUCHI (13-1-0) vs “THE HEAT” JON DELOS REYES (7-3-0)

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Kyoji Horiguchi and Jon Delos Reyes. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman:  This is a bad match-up for Horiguchi due to submission game and his poor takedown defence. He has power, but Reyes waits, throws in flurries to rush forward, then scores the takedown. Horiguchi’s movement on angles will assist with making Reyes work a little, but not it’s not enough. Horiguchi started to rely solely on his KO power and, yes, it helped him thus far in his career, but becoming a one sided fighter isn’t what he wants.

Wiseman prediction: “The Heat” Jon Dolos Reyes via submission.

KIICHI “STRASSER” KUNIOTO (17-5-2, 1 NC) VS “FILTHY” RICHARD WALSH (8-1-0)

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Kiichi Kunimoto and Richard Walsh. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: Walsh will want to stand-and-bang, so his 2-inch reach advantage will help. However, Kunimoto has kicks which flush the reach advantage out the window. Between the kicks and the ground game of Kunimoto, the skill setting is just going to be too much for Walsh. It will teach him to develop more, as he often swings wild. It will be an entertaining fight because Walsh isn’t a quitter.

Wiseman Prediction: Kiichi “Strasser” Kunimoto via submission.

#2 MIESHA “CUPCAKE” TATE (14-5-0) VS RIN NAKAI (16-0-1)

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Miesha Tate and Rin Nakai during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: Is this really happening? While Nakai is a talented fighter and has beat the likes of Sarah D’Alello and
Tara LaRosa, she isn’t to Tate’s level. Her record is impressive, 16-0-1, but she hasn’t gone against the level of fighters that Tate has. Tate is a better wrestler and better with her submissions, really just a more well-rounded fighter. The only advantage Nakai has over Tate is her power and videotaping skills.

Wiseman Prediction: Miesha “Cupcake” Tate via TKO.

YOSHISHIRO “SEXYAMA” AKIYAMA (13-5-0, 2 NC) VS AMIR SADOLLAH (7-4-0)

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Yoshihiro Akiyama and Amir Sadollah. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: Akiyama has striking with decent kicks, plus his judo throws. Sadollah is able to hold his own in the standup department, so I don’t see this going to the mat. Sadollah has a slight reach advantage and a cardio advantage which will be key in this match. He will want to pressure Akiyama and use side-to-side movement to stay away from his kicks.

Wiseman Prediction: Amir Sadollah via decision. 

#9 MYLES “FURY” JURY (14-0-0) VS TAKANORI “THE FIREBALL KID”  GOMI (35-9-0, 1 NC)

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Myles Jury and Takanori Gomi during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: You can’t finish Gomi, so this fight will go the distance. However, Jury is on the rise and undefeated. Gomi’s inconsistent cardio and lack of technique prevented him from rising like this experience should signify. Jury has stamina, moves well around the pocket, and just too technical for Gomi. I see Jury getting frustrated with the fact that Gomi will just keep coming, but he went the distance before and has better cardio than Gomi, which will cement the victory.

Wiseman Prediction: Myles “Fury” Jury via unanimous decision.

MAIN EVENT

#6 MARK “SUPER SAMOAN” HUNT (9-8-1) VS #8 ROY “BIG COUNTRY” NELSON (21-9-0) 

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Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: Nelson has a chin of steel, Hunt does not. Hunt has no ground game, Nelson is a black belt. See where I’m going with this? Hunt is the more technical kick boxer, but Nelson can knock anyone out while getting slugged with a baseball bat. Things stay standing or things go to the mat, Nelson has an incredible advantage anywhere this fight goes.

Wiseman Prediction: Roy “Big Country” Nelson via TKO.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MMA Crossfire – Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana II predictions

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0-0, 26 KOs) won his initial encounter with Marcos Maidiana (35-4-1, 31 KOs), but the Argentinian experienced his moment in the sun.

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Invicta FC 8

MMA Crossfire – Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs Tamada predictions

Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson (11-3-1) returns to the cage to defend against Japanese southpaw challenger Yasuko Tamada (15-8-3) tonight in Kansas City.

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UFC Fight Night

MMA Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs Mousasi predictions

The main event winner of UFC Fight Night 50 will probably not leapfrog them into a title fight with middleweight champ Chris Weidman, but for #4 Ronaldo Souza (20-3-0, 1 NC) and #7 Gegard Mousasi (35-4-2), it’s still an important opportunity to get closer.

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UFC Fight Night 49

MMA Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs dos Anjos predictions

It’s a UFC Fight Night doubleheader!

While Michael Bisping and Cung Le headline over in China, lightweights Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos hold it down in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bendo is coming off an impressive submission win over the Russian prodigy Rustam Khabilov in June. He’s looking to continue his momentum towards a lightweight title rematch with rival Anthony Pettis.

Dos Anjos bounced back from a loss to a similar Russian prodigy in Khabib Nurmagodemov to secure a surprising win over Jason High.

Henderson  (-350) comes in as the big favourite, but one cannot ever count dos Anjos (+285) out.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman counts down the main event matchups:

Cassie Wiseman
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and proficient in Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

UFC Fight Night 49

CHAS “THE SCRAPPER” KELLY (11-1-0) VS TOM “STONEFACE” NINIMAKI

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Opponents Chas Skelly and Tom Niinimaki of Finland face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: The more well-rounded and experienced is Niinimaki. Whether the fight goes to the mat or it’s a standing war, Niinimaki has the arsenal to defeat Skelly. Skelly will want things to the mat quickly with the power of Niinimaki, but Niinimaki is no fool on the mat.

Wiseman Prediction: Tom Niinimaki via TKO.

JAMES “THE EXECUTIONER” VICK (5-0-0) VS VALMIR “BIDU”  LAZARO (12-2-0)

Opponents James Vick and Valmir Lazaro of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Opponents James Vick and Valmir Lazaro of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: Larazo has KO power, but he knows it. He enters each fight swinging and waiting for it. Vick is a submission specialist, so while Larazo is swinging for a one-shot finish, Vick will score a takedown and transition for a submission.

Wiseman Prediction: James Vick via submission.

MAX “BLESSED” HOLLOWAY (9-3-0) VS CLAY “CASSIUS” COLLARD (13-4-0, 1 NC)

Opponents Max Holloway and Clay Collard face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Opponents Max Holloway and Clay Collard face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: Collard is a late replacement and is taking a huge step up in competition by taking on Holloway. Max is a challenge for anyone after a full camp, let alone on a few weeks notice. Collard has power, but the lanky reach of Holloway will be able to get damage done from a distance. Holloway has takedown defence, so if Collard were to think about a takedown that wouldn’t go well for him. Collard is just taking on an opponent that is at a different level.

Wiseman Prediction: Max Holloway via submission.

#12 FRANCIS “LIMITLESS” CARMOUONT (22-9-0) VS #15 THALES LEITES (23-4-0)

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Opponents Francis Carmont of France and Thales Leites of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: This fight is a great test for both men as they are both well-rounded. The biggest difference is power. Carmont has kicks that will certainly make Leites shoot in for a takedown. Carmont has good takedown defence, but he does well off his back even if things did work out that way. Carmont has a reach advantage and is quite big for this division, so when he is on top he is certainly able to drain the gas tank of anyone. I see Carmont being able to wear Leities down for a ground-and-pound beating if it doesn’t end it in the standing game.

Wiseman Prediction: Francis Carmont via TKO.

#13 MIKE”QUICKSAND” PYLE (26-9-1) VS “YOUNG GUN” JORDAN MEIN (28-9-0)

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Opponents Mike Pyle and Jordan Mein of Canada face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: This has fight-of-the-night potential written all over it. These guys always put on a show and they both are talented. Pyle is superior on the mat, that is certainly his bread-and-butter. He is going to need to deal with the striking of Mein first. Mein darts in and out of the pocket and defends well. Pyle has the Muay Thai background, so he will mix things up to prevent damage. Look to see Pyle try striking for a little while, but take the power of Mein then shoot for a takedown. Pyle would be wise to shoot in quickly to prevent any damage and drag Mein into a world where he has a big advantage.

Wiseman Prediction: Mike Pyle via decision.

MAIN EVENT

#1 BENSON “SMOOTH” HENDERSON (21-3-0) VS #5 RAFAEL DOS ANJOS (21-7-0)

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Opponents Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wiseman: Talk about two guys who cancel each other out. Whether it’s power or submission game they basically look like mirror images of each other. Henderson is smoother on his feet, but each can deliver a nasty kick. Anjos has an edge on the mat, but Henderson is also well versed in his jiu-jitsu. The biggest difference is the approach that they take. Henderson is more aggressive, whereas Anjos tends to be a counter-striker. That type of approach won’t work when fighting Henderson, especially in a 5 round fight.

Wiseman Prediction: Benson Henderson via decision.