Tomorrow night, Fox is being taken over once again by the UFC for their 12th fight card on the major network channel. A slobber knocker of a fight, between “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Matt “The Immortal” Brown headlines the Fox card but if you’re just focusing on the main event then you’re missing out on a card stacked with talent new and old.
From top to bottom, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and UFC president Dana White made sure this was filled with more talent than any other card on Fox before it and it shows all the way to the under card. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to break those fights down but I will prepare you for the main card, which is sure to feed your need for blood and violence for a couple hours. Without further ado, here are my predictions for UFC on Fox 12.
Robbie Lawler vs Matt Brown
When this fight was announced I went full Steve Urkel for about 20 minutes. This is what, in the industry we call a fight for the fans. Both guys throw hot leather, both guys give absolutely no f—s, and both guys know that a win here sets them up for a title shot.
Robbie Lawler has looked like a terminator since coming back into the UFC and after a very close decision loss to Johnny Hendricks for the welterweight belt, he is a man on a mission to get back to the belt.
After a shaky start to his MMA career, Matt Brown has gone on a nutty eight fight winning streak, seven by KO/TKO. No one knows what the bottom feels like and what it takes to get to this point more then Brown and that may be his greatest strength. This shouldn’t go to decision, so with a heavy heart…
Robbie Lawler by TKO
Anthony Johnson vs Antonio Nogueira
It took a lot of time and maturity for Johnson to get where he is now and that has proven to make “Rumble” a much better fighter then he once was. That’s saying a lot, for a guy who was already knocking people out, he got so-called better.
Noguiera or “Little Nog,” as they call him is a legend, point blank. Little Nog is a boxing champion and Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt who has beaten everyone under the sun during his reign in pride and his stint in the UFC.
Both men are at different points in their respective careers. Rumble is coming into his prime while Nogueira’s may be coming to an end. There are slight advantages going both ways but I’m here to pretend I can predict the future.
Rumble by KO
Clay Guida vs Dennis Bermudez
Mark my words, you will never, ever find another fighter with as much energy as Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. That never ending gas tank is the reason why Guida puts on some of the most exciting fights to ever take place inside the octagon, and even though the Illinois native has seen his fair share of wins and losses, his always-bring-it mentality tells me he still has a lot left in the tank.
Dennis Bermudez is a young stud with tons of upside and potential. Bermudez was a stud on the Ultimate Fighter reality show and has found a home in the UFC with a six-fight win streak. Neither fighters are big finishers so this one’s going to the judges.
Clay Guida by split decision
Josh Thompson vs Bobby Green
“The Punk” versus “The King,” the savvy veteran versus the explosive youngster. It’s like she had a piece of the old bull and now she wants the young calf. Oops, sorry, I spaced out there for a second.
Thompson is every fighter’s worst nightmare, a fighter with no real weaknesses who isn’t great at anything but good at everything. Thompson has fought every kind of fighter, with every kind of style, and has managed to make all of them look bad. Thompson has experience with the best inside the cage and that means a lot.
Green, on the other hand, has a resilient nature that is scary to face if you’re a fighter. Green has been through hell and back, both in life and as a fighter. There is no scenario worse that what Green has gone through so the idea that Thompson’s experience may intimidate him is a quick afterthought. Because Green took this fight on short notice…
Josh Thompson by submission
So there you go kids. Don’t go and spend all your money in the same place. And if you lose it because of me, that’s your problem not mine. I don’t gamble.
UFC on Fox 12 is not a gamble, it’s a card that statistically is proven to produce, so strap in and enjoy the ride.