FEATURED POPPA ROTZEE — 18 November 2011
UFC 139: Picks And Predictions

Poppa Rotzee here to give my predictions on the upcoming fight. This one looks to be pretty exciting as some of my favorite fighters are on the main card and under card alike. Here we go…..

 

MAURICIO RUA Vs. DAN HENDERSON

Starting with the main event, two PRIDE champions, Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua square off in the octagon. Dan Henderson has won six of his last seven fights, with the last four all coming by way of knock out. Throughout his thirty-six career fights, Henderson himself has never been knocked out.

His opponent, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua comes in fresh off a dominating victory over former UFC Champion Forrest Griffin. Rua was able to remove any doubt that he is still a contender in the octagon after the devastating first round KO.

This one is tuff to call for me, Mauricio is the favorite in this fight…but its hard for me to feel confident in that pick. It depends on which Rua shows up and how deep the fight goes. Henderson is like the Juggernaut in there walking through punches like they are high fives and delivering damage of his own.

I think Rua has a real chance in the early rounds but I think I’m going to go against the odds and take Hendo for a late round TKO.

Pick- Dan Henderson

 

WANDERLEI SILVA Vs. CUNG LE

Wanderlei Silva, another warrior from PRIDE has some fans worried he is at the end of his run.   Wanderlei has lost six of his last eight and  four of those have been by way of knockout. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a retirement from the Axe Murderer if he doesn’t find a way to win this. I will say this though, if anyone has a punchers chance…its this man, capable of knocking anyone out if he can catch them slipping.

Cung Le however, with a perfect record in kickboxing, and only one blemish in MMA,( a loss to Scott Smith which he later avenged.) doesn’t seem on paper like he loss any steam with 7 career wins, all of them via KO/TKO. He will however have to shake off some ring rust, with his last fight being over a year ago on June 26, 2010.  Although I don’t think it will be a problem here, I do think its important to note that Le’s only loss was after a long lay off.

I’ve enjoyed watching Wanderlei over the years and he will go down as one of the all time BMF’ers in my book but Im sad to say I think Wanderlei might be walking into the cage for one of his last times. I don’t see him escaping a KO from Cung Le on this one.

Pick- Cung Le

URIJAH FABER Vs. BRIAN BOWLES

Urijah Faber was one of my favorite fighters in the WEC and has done nothing but impress me with each new fight as he moved into the UFC. Faber is one of those guys who earns your respect even in a loss. A dominant wrestler and grappler, Faber holds twenty-five career wins out of his thirty matchups. Twenty of those fights were finishers with Faber getting a victory via sumbission, TKO or Knock out.

Another former WEC bantamweight champion, Brian Bowles, demands respect in the ring with  ten wins and only one loss (Doctor stoppage from a broken hand). Out of Bowles’ eleven career fights, only one has gone the distance, and only one was even able to make it to the third round. (Note: Bowles‘ only loss, is shared by Faber as both loss the title to Dominick Cruz)

I think experience is going to give the edge to Faber in this one. Although Bowles has been known to dominate his opponents, I don’t think he has faced a talented of a wrestler as Faber. I see Faber putting bowles on his back and pounding him until the final bell rings for a unanimous decision.

Pick – Urijah Faber

 

WHO DO YOU GOT?? Leave comments on your picks for the upcoming fight!!!

 

FINAL PREDECTIONS:

- Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio Rua

- Cung Le defeats Wanderlei Silva

- Urijah Faber defeats Brian Bowles

- Rick Story defeats Martin Kampmann

– Kyle Kingsbury defeats Stephan Bonnar

- Ryan Bader defeats  Jason Brilz

- Michael McDonald defeats  Alex Soto

 

EDIT:

Wow…Hendo vs Shogun was the best fight of the year…what a nail bitter for anyone who had money on it! I have nothing but respect for both fighters, unbelievable talent and will.

FINAL PREDICTIONS RESULTS: I went 4-3 on my picks

RIGHT – Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio Rua

wrong – Cung Le defeats Wanderlei Silva (Silva Wins)
RIGHT- Urijah Faber defeats Brian Bowles
wrong- Rick Story defeats Martin Kampmann (Kampmann wins)
wrong– Kyle Kingsbury defeats Stephan Bonnar (Bonnar wins)
RIGHT- Ryan Bader defeats Jason Brilz
RIGHT – Michael McDonald defeats Alex Soto

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(24) Readers Comments

  1. FINAL PREDECTIONS: I went 4-3 on my picks

    RIGHT – Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio Rua
    wrong – Cung Le defeats Wanderlei Silva (Silva Wins)
    RIGHT- Urijah Faber defeats Brian Bowles
    wrong- Rick Story defeats Martin Kampmann (Kampmann wins)
    wrong– Kyle Kingsbury defeats Stephan Bonnar (Bonnar wins)
    RIGHT- Ryan Bader defeats Jason Brilz
    RIGHT – Michael McDonald defeats Alex Soto

  2. Ohhhhhh my GOD!! HENDO vs SHOGUN…Fight of the…of the…..FIGHT OF THE FOREVER!!!!

  3. Cung Li looks good but Wand looks dangerous still.

    • Holy Shit!!!!! The Axe Murderer said kiss my ass retirement!! One I was happy to be wrong about…I like Cung Li a lot but that was cool to see.

  4. Hell yeah, Urijah looked amazing.

  5. Wow, how did Kampmann not win with a unanimous? Split? Lol

  6. Bonnar looking good so far

  7. I have some of the same picks.
    -Hendo (as you stated, I’m thinking his resilience will pull through)
    -Le: I love Wand, too, but the last thing he needs is a deadly and accurate striker right now.
    -Faber: This has FOTN written all over it. While Bowles is amazing, I think he is going to be a bit surprised by Fabers’ intensity and wrestling. Probably a decision win for Faber.
    -Story: Bigger, stronger, and better than Kampmann (though with his striking, I give him the puncher’s chance).

    Also going Kingsbury and Bader.

  8. Hendo – KO
    Wanderlei – sumbmission??
    Urijah – submission
    Story – decision

  9. Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio Rua via 2nd round TKO.

    Wanderlei Silva surprisingly defeats Cung Le 3rd round ground and pound.

    Urijah Faber defeats Brian Bowles via rear naked choke.

    Martin Kampmann defeats Rick Story via strikes.

    Stephan Bonnar defeats Kyle Kingsbury via decision.

    Ryan Bader defeats Jason Brilz

  10. Rua – UD due to age
    Cung Le – KO due to Silva having his light switched off to often
    Bowles- TKO (but I like Faber as a person)

    • Thanks for adding your picks!

    • Do yourself a favor and NEVER bet all your money on the big fight coming up lol

  11. The only change I would make is Bonner. I have been a fan since he was on The UFC show. I know he hasn’t gotten a lot of big fights but I can see him making a name for himself. We shall see!

  12. Hendo – TKO or UD

    Cung Le – BRUTAL KO … leaving Wandy the most praised 2-7 in UFC History!

    Faber – UD

    Story – UD

    Bonnar – Submission

    Bader – KO

  13. Hendo by 3rd round tko against shogun, Cung Lee by Arm Bar against Silva (Yes I said it Arm Bar), Bowles via UD against Faber, Bonnar by Rear Naked Choke against Kingsburry, Kampmann via UD against Story, Bader via KO against Brilz, Macdonald via UD against Soto…

    • Lets see how strong your mental powers really are!

  14. Very well thought out, Poppa Rotzee!

    I like just about all your picks except for the Kingsbury/Bonnar fight. By all accounts, Kingsbury has the wrestling edge in that one which oftentimes makes all the difference but my feel is that this will turn into yet another slugfest and in that type of fight, Bonnar should be able to take it. We’ll see who’s right on that one tomorrow night but you and I pretty much agree on everything else!

    Mike Calimbas, TXMMA.com

  15. I agree with all of your picks but Hendo, a lot of people are betting on him but I gotta go with Rua on this one.

  16. Hendo – TKO
    Cung Le – TKO
    Bowles – UD

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