UFC 154: MJ's Picks & Parlays
Finally. . . GSP has come back to . . . Montreal! While GSP may never be as exciting of an entertainer as the Rock in his heyday, there's no doubt that he'll go down as one of the very best to ever grace the Octagon. Georges St. Pierre has cemented his legacy as the number one Welterweight in the history of the sport and looks to continue in his winning ways when he steps in to defend his title versus Carlos Condit. One question still looms . . . will he ever return to his finishing ways? The critic in me answers with an emphatic NO! The fan in me on the other hand would love to see GSP return to handing out beatdowns and finishing fools. The days of GSP dominating and then finishing seems like a bygone era, but it never hurts to hope for the best.
Another question on the minds of fight fans across the country is which version of Carlos Condit will show up. Is the Natural Born Killer on his way back or will we see the Natural Born Runner part deux? If we get another fight where Carlos Condit runs away and throws some petty leg kicks I think I'll shoot myself.
Here's to GSP catching his ass and dry humping him!
UFC 154 Picks:
Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit
Coming off of a 20 months lay off and sporting a 22-2 record, GSP says he's 120%. Not sure exactly what that means, but it presumably indicates that he has absolutely no excuse not to ride out a decision win over Condit. Can Condit really stuff enough of GSP's takedowns to make a difference? I don't think so. GSP wins by a boring, grinding hump fest of a fight via unanimous decision.
Martin Kampmann vs. Johnny Hendricks
Hendricks is no joke and with an Octagon record of 8-1 he's proven to be more than a handful for most of his opponents. Kampmann brings experience, a well-rounded game and a resilience that you don't see in many fighters. With 3 straight wins over Story, Alves and Ellenburger I think "The Hitman" finds a way to win this one.
Tom Lawlor vs. Francis Carmont
As a fan of Tom Lawlor and his gutsy performances I must admit this is a poor match up for him. Carmont sports 16 finishes in his 19 wins with 10 coming by way of submission. Lawlor has struggled at times with high level grapplers and submission artists and I foresee this one going the same way. Francis Carmont by Submission win.
Constantinos Phillippou vs. Nick Ring
In one of the more interesting match ups of the night, this fight takes two of the sports fastest rising stars and puts their future in the sport on the line. Each fighter owns only one loss in the UFC and both have shown finishing ability and a propensity for interesting back and forth battles. This one should fare the same with Nick Ring eking out a tight decision victory.
Pablo Garza vs. Mark Hominick
Hominick has been having a rough time as of late but looks to bounce back coming in against an 11-3 Pablo Garza. Both of these guys are finishers and it has some serious potential for fight of the night. I think Hominick uses his experience to his advantage in this fight and comes out the victor.
3 pick: GSP, Hominick, Carmont - $100 to win $150
4 pick: GSP, Hominick, Carmont, Kampmann - $100 to win $428
5 pick: GSP, Hominick, Carmont, Kampmann, Ring - $100 to win $1450
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Until next time . . . Enjoy the fights!
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