Pickin' winners is hard in mma but I'm going to give it a shot, and I'll follow up the card with a review based on these picks. Maybe I can learn from the many nasty posts sure to follow.
Post your picks, or attack mine. I'm a little over 50% since I started keeping track and that's not bad, as far as I'm concerned. Anyways, you know better you say so, and you tell me why.
* Middleweight bout: Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares
I have Palhares winning via submission due to heel-hook in R2. I'm a big fan of Marquart and Palhares but in this case I think Rousimar will be able to pull off the sub. His only UFC loss was to Dan Henderson in a fight I scored a draw. I don't think Marquart has the wrestling to keep this where he needs it to be to win.
Side note: Marquart has the best finishing combination in UFC history; UFC 95 against Wilson Gouveia, Flying right knee-strait right-left body kick-left head kick-right head kick-left spinning back elbow-right hook-left knee.
* Lightweight bout: Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira
Both guys are young and hungry. I like strong, technical bjj, and I'm taking Charles Oliveira
* Lightweight bout: Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau
This one's easy. I was sitting next to a guy at UFC 118 who said he trained with Jim Miller, and he said that Jim was looking really good. Yeah, I take Jim 'cause sometimes that's the best 'ya got. Probably a gullitine, catching Tibeau coming in on a double. Round 2?
* Lightweight bout: Ross Pearson vs. Cole Miller
These are my picks, dammit. Miller, submission, uh, omaplata. Yeah. Round 3.
*Lightweight Bout: Yves Edwards vs. John Gunderson
* Light Heavyweight bout: Jared Hamman vs. Kyle Kingsbury
* Middleweight bout: Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch
* Middleweight bout: Rich Attonito vs. Rafael Natal
* Welterweight bout: Anthony Waldburger vs. David Mitchell
* Welterweight bout: Brian Foster vs. Forrest Petz