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UFC 149: MJ's Picks & Parlays

The Chael train has officially left the station and UFC 149 is accepting passengers. The question on everyone's mind though, "Is this PPV worthy?".  Why the UFC does this to us is beyond me, but if I had to guess, it would be that they know the extent to which MMA Junkies like us will go to in order to get our fix. I admit that there are some interesting match ups on the card, but I will not be forking out $50 to watch this. Luckily, Las Vegas has plenty of spots you can check out the fights for only $10-20 or better yet, catch it for free.

Will Lombard actually deliver? Will Urijah get back to dominating, or is his career creeping to an end. There's only one way to find out . . .

UFC 149 Picks:

Urijah Faber VS. Renan Pegado

Renan Pegado brings a 28 fight win streak with him as he squares off against Urijah Faber for the 135 lb Interim Title. I believe Faber is at the tail end of his career which makes this a tough mental match up for him. Barao is hungry & motivated and while I don't see him stopping Faber,  I do see him out working Urijah to take a close decision win.

Hector Lombard VS. Tim Boetch

If I were Hector Lombard, I'd be a little nervous about this fight. Tim Boetch has a chin and a half and is a very versatile and well-rounded fighter. Coupled with his heavy hands, his style makes for a challenging match up for Lombard. While I'm ready to be let down by yet another highly touted fighter making their Octagon debut, I think Lombard will rise to the challenge. I'm taking Lombard by Unanimous Decision.

Cheick Kongo VS. Shawn Jordan

Both of these guys have been in the game for quite some time and it's an interesting match up. With the exception of Lavar Johnson, Cheick is by far the most complete striker that Shawn has ever faced. Given the fact that Kongo has a decent ground game as well, I'm betting that this one stays standing. Kongo should outstrike Jordan even though he is a slight underdog. Unless Jackson comes up with some elaborate skip to my lou game plan, I'm expecting a good rock 'em sock 'em fest with Kongo finishing Jordan in a close affair.

Brian Ebersole VS. James Head

Who isn't always ready for another dose of Ebersole? Coming in on short notice with a 4-0 UFC record and a nice undefeated streak going back to 2008, Ebersole should take this one hands down. There is no way that James Head will sub him like he did Papy Abedi and I think Ebersole edges him out on every other catagory. Ebersole may not finish him, but he will win convincingly.

Matt Riddle VS. Chris Clements

It's hard to believe that Matt Riddle will be fighting his 10th fight in the UFC. I guess I just haven't been paying close enough attention. While Riddle owns a respectable record and skill set, I think Clements is going to upset him in this one. Clements finishing ability and power will dictate the end of this one. I'm calling for the upset with a knock out win in Clements favor.


3 pick: Ebersole, Kongo, Lombard $100 to win $250

4 pick: Ebersole, Kongo, Lombard, Pegado - $100 to win $430

5 pick: Ebersole, Kongo, Lombard, Pegado, Clements - $100 to win $1060

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