Dream is coming up here in a few hours and I’d like to put some picks out there for you readers to chew on, I really wish I had HDNet:
J.Z. Cavalcante vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri – I love Crusher, but I think JZ is going to going to be too much power to handle striking wise, and his BJJ is underrated. He just has more ways to win this fight.
Featherweight Grand Prix (Round 2)
Masakazu Imanari vs. Bibiano Fernandes – I think Imanari’s experience will prevail here. Fernandes has the advantage standing, and should prove to be tough on the ground, but I think the a leglock will come out of nowhere and catch him.
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hiroyuki Takaya – Maeda all the way, go watch his fight with Miguel Torres and understand that Takaya just isn’t at the level to threaten like Torres did, or dish out like Maeda can.
Hideo Tokoro vs. Abel Cullum – Cullum is experienced enough where Tokoro’s experience edge is meaningless, and should prove to be the victor here.
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Joe Warren – I never thought I’d be picking against Kid, but I like Warren’s wrestling pedigree. It’s a huge longshot for him to upset Kid, but Kid’s inactivity since 2007 and his marijuana escapades might have been too big of a distraction.
Super Hulk Tournament
Bob Sapp vs. Minowaman- I wonder how we would regard Minowa as a middleweight if he actually ever fought middleweights. He can beat bigger guys, but a Bob Sapp that’s trimmed down to 330ish is too much mountain to move.
Jan “The Giant” Nortje vs. Sokoudjou– Speed kills. Hopefully Soko remembered to gas up
Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Hunt- This fight probably won’t end up KO/TKO considering it’s Mark Hunt, but I think Mousasi can find a way to get Hunt down and work from the top to get the win.
Dream Middleweight Title Match
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Mayhem Miller- Miller has the edge in striking, but not much of one, and his strength being BJJ going against arguably one of the best BJJ guys in the world is going to work against him. Hopefully this will end up swinging Mayhem back stateside.