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UFC 114: Preview and Predictions

Rampage and Evans will settle their grudge at UFC 114 Rampage and Evans will settle their grudge at UFC 114

This Saturday Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will settle their long running feud at UFC 114 in Las Vegas. It’s bound to be one of the biggest nights of the year in MMA, and also includes fighters like Michael Bisping and Diego Sanchez looking to get their careers back on track. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will also attempt to continue his meteoric rise through the UFC ranks.

The main event has been brewing for nearly a year, since Jackson and Evans coached The Ultimate Fighter Season 10. The trash talk in this one has been unbelievable, but when it comes time to step into the ring, the fighters’ fists will do their talking.

Evans has the advantage in quickness, which is going to make a difference in the stand-up game as well as in the takedown department. However, Evans has shown a tendency for mental lapses and a lack of killer instinct that Rampage will capitalize on if given the chance.

There’s no clear favorite here. Evans will win the early stages of the fight, but the longer it goes, the better chance Rampage has of pulling out a comeback TKO.

Rampage via 3rd round TKO.

Michael Bisping faces Dan Miller in an important fight for both competitors. After winning his first three UFC fights, Dan Miller has lost his last two. Bisping has lost two of his last three fights, and needs a win to show that he is still relevant at 185 lbs.

This is another close one, but Bisping’s overall game is better than Miller’s, and the Brit should be able to win this one on his feet.

Bisping via unanimous decision.

Todd Duffee has gotten a bunch of hype in the wake of his lone UFC fight, in which he recorded the fastest KO in UFC history. His opponent, Mike Russow is also an octogan sophomore, but has spent much longer in the cage as he got the win after his first fight went the distance.

Duffee is a physical specimen, and even though we haven’t seen much of him, it’s hard not to put money on a guy this intimidating.

Duffee via 1st round TKO.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be able to beat last minute replacement Jason Brilz (who steps in for the injured Forrest Griffin) without breaking much of a sweat. Brilz has done all right in the UFC so far, but this is a mismatch plain and simple.

Nogueira via 1st round KO.

Diego Sanchez makes his return to 170 lbs. after a whooping at the hands of BJ Penn at 155. Sanchez shouldn’t have much trouble with John Hathaway, who will face a severe step up in competition compared to his previous opponents.

Sanchez via 2nd round TKO.

UFC 114 is a big night of major MMA names, including several Ultimate Fighter alumni. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans is one of the best grudge matches in UFC history, but the undercard promises fireworks where Nogueira, Sanchez, and Duffee are concerned as well.

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