Casual Picks for Casual Pricks: UFC on FOX 24
Welcome to the second installment of Casual Picks for Casual Pricks. If you don’t know, I do an MMA podcast called Gogopoda where I yell into a microphone about face punching. This week, we have UFC on Fox 24 which takes place in Kansas City, Missouri. Before I give you some awful picks and cost you tons of money, let’s revisit last week’s picks.
UFC 210: Reloaded
I went 6-6 last week. I was really feeling myself during the prelims, going 4-0. Shit kind of hit the fan with the Usman/Strickland and Cummins/Blachowicz fights. Myles Jury didn’t let me down though because he absolutely destroyed Mike De La Torre. I went 1-4 on the main card, which is just downright embarrassing.
UFC on FOX 24
Flyweight Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Wilson Reis
Wilson Reis is strong as hell. He’s got great kicks and his jiu-jitsu skills are some of the scariest at 125. Unfortunately, it’s not going going to be enough. Mighty Mouse is one of the most dominant and exciting fighters in MMA history. He’s faster, more technical, and he’s going to outwork Wilson Reis in all areas of the fight. He’ll be tying Anderson Silva’s record on Saturday night. Johnson, RD. 2, TKO.
Women’s Strawweight Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson
Hot damn, this is one hell of a fight. I have to imagine it’s a title eliminator. Waterson is coming off of demolishing Paige VanZant this past winter. She’s really good everywhere. Rose Namajunas had a tough loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 203. One thing I know about Rose is that she improves greatly after a loss. This is going to be a fun fight that resembles a cartoon dust cloud, but I think Rose will win a tough decision. Thug Rose, Decision.
Middleweight Ronaldo Souza vs. Robert Whittaker
I love me some Robert Whittaker. Exciting young fighter at 185 pounds. Dude hits hard and is just awesome to watch. One thing that I’ve noticed in his fights is that he does have a tendency to get hit and take damage in his fights. Jacare can hit ridiculously hard. He’s got a one punch KO over Derek Brunson and TKO’d Yushin Okami. I see Jacare hurting Whittaker standing and finishing him on the ground. Jacare, RD. 2, Submission.
Featherweight Jeremy Stephens vs. Renato Moicano
I was unfamiliar with Moicano’s name when I originally looked at the fight card for this event. I actually had to Google search him and I was genuinely shocked that he had a Wikipedia page. That’s not meant to be disrespectful. The MMA world can be a little slow in updating Wiki pages. That’s why you should use Tapology. Hi, Nate! Anyway, Moicano’s activity is one of the factors I don’t see him winning. His two UFC fights were in 2014 and 2016. Jeremy Stephens has fought 5 times since Moicano’s UFC debut. Should be a fun way to open the show, but I think Stephens will win a decision. Stephens, Decision.
Preliminary Card (Fox)
Heavyweight Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson’s old as shit, which probably means he’s peaking as a heavyweight because heavyweight MMA makes very little sense. Alexander Volkov is a very rangy striker with a knack for finishing (18 wins by KO). Roy might be old, but the guy’s still got a granite chin. Unless he catches the younger, faster heavyweight, I see Roy on the wrong end of a decision. Volkov, Decision.
Bantamweight Patrick Williams vs. Tom Duquesnoy
Duquesnoy is a beast. I’ve seen him referred to as “The Crown Prince of Violence” and it’s easy to see why.
I don’t want to be too overconfident in my decision-making process, but I see this fight ending very violently. Duquesnoy, KO, RD. 1.
Lightweight Bobby Green vs. Rashid Magomedov
Bobby Green’s coming off two losses in a row and he’s got a tough test in Rashid Magomedov. Magomedov is one of the more talented strikers at 155. If Green is going to win, he has to use his grappling skills to stop Magomedov from kicking and punching him a lot. However, I see Magomedov kicking and punching him a lot. Magomedov, Decision.
Flyweight Tim Elliott vs. Louis Smolka
I was looking at this fight on DraftKings and the salaries were Elliott at $9,000 and Smolka at $7,200. Elliott is a fun fighter but that value is way too high. Smolka’s had two tough losses to two talented prospects, but I see him getting a victory (and yours truly some much needed DraftKings points) against Tim Elliott. Smolka, Decision.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling vs. Augusto Mendes
Aljamin Sterling should win simply because he has two cool ass nicknames (“Funkmaster” and “The Human Anaconda”). I see Sterling getting back on track with a victory here. My boy’s gotta feed the streets. Sterling, Decision.
Light Heavyweight Devin Clark vs. Jake Collier
Devin “Brown Bear” Clark may have stolen my nickname, but I think he’s a fun fighter. He leaves a little to be desired defensively as he was knocked out in his debut. A debut in which he was winning. Collier throws a lot of wild, “spinning shit.” Clark is a wrestler, look for him to negate that spinning shit with takedowns for a decision. Clark, Decision.
Middleweight Anthony Smith vs. Andrew Sanchez
Andrew Sanchez is a talented grappler. Anthony Smith is a tough veteran and a great test for Sanchez. I see Sanchez winning, you guessed it, a decision. Sanchez, Decsision.
Welterweight Zak Cummings vs. Nathan Coy
Zak Cummings has been improving greatly since the loss to Gunnar Nelson. His striking has grown to compliment his ability to make people do the thing where they tap out. Nathan Coy’s a tough vet (theme of this card?), but I think he’s going to be a little too old to keep up with Zak Cummings. I see Cummings getting a submission. Cummings, RD. 2, SUB
Women’s Bantamweight Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Ketlen Viera
The striking in this fight will not be the most crisp or technical. Both women like to impose their will with grappling. Evans-Smith is one of the larger fighters in her divisioin, I see her using her size and physical strength to get a decision win. Evans-Smith, Decision.
UFC on FOX 24: DecisionMania~!