Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis
This title fight is an exciting fight that is unlikely to go five rounds. Nick Diaz is known for his relentless pace and the countless number of strikes he throws during a fight. Diaz is not known for power, but he is an accurate puncher. The Stockton native would have to have the edge when it comes to experience, jiu-jitsu skills and trash talk. Zaromskis is a relative unknown to the casual MMA fan, but the fan should not sleep on Marius. Zaromskis has won his last three fights by way of head kick knockout. He perhaps is the Mirko Cro Cop of welterweights. Zaromskis will certainly be a threat to KO Diaz at any point. The former DREAM welterweight champion has great and unorthodox striking skills. I believe that Nick Diaz is the safer bet here. However, he needs to take this fight to the ground and submit Marius in order to win…I think. I do not know how easily Diaz will get the takedown though. It is because of that I will pick Marius Zaromskis to win this fight by TKO in round 3.
Cris Cyborg Santos vs. Marloes Coenen
Cris Santos is the best female fighter in the world. She dominated popular Gina Carano in their bout to earn the title. I understand that Coenen is confident and perhaps very skilled, however I think Santos is too strong and too good. I do not expect this fight to pass the first round as I predict Santos wins this one in the first round.
Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef
This is the fight I am looking forward to. Manhoef is a guy that I have wanted to see on American soil for a while now. He has incredible K-1 level striking skills. Lawler is no slouch on his feet. I really think that the way this fight pans out depends on Lawler’s game plan. If he stands and trades with Manhoef it will be very dangerous for him. However, Lawler has the skills to take him down and submit Manhoef, who has a very suspect ground game.
With that said I think that Lawler may learn quickly that standing with Manhoef is a bad idea. I think he will go for the take down and ground and pound his way to victory or work for a submission in round 2.
Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims
This match-up really shows Strikeforce’s lack of depth and their suspect match making. Lashley is a very talented wrestler who they obviously want to promote. Stikeforce sees Lashley as a gold mine due to his WWE background. The scenario is quite funny. The Florida State Athletic Comission would not approve Lashley’s initial opponent, Yohan Banks because they did not think it was a competitive match. Enter Wes Sims. The TUF 10 and UFC veteran has little chance to prepare for an elite wrestler who is very powerful.
I do not think this is much of a match, but I think this is a dangerous fight for Strikeforce. Lashley should win this fight no problem, however it does not look good for the promotion. Lashley needs better opponents. Look for Lashley to nail a take down and ground and pound Sims or arm-triangle choke him in round one. Sims cannot handle Lashley’s power.
Hershel Walker vs. Greg Nagy
Too many unknowns to say much. Javier Mendez of AKA suggests that Walker is the most athletic guy he has coached. However, he is 47-years old and his is very green in the sport. Walker does have a Tae Kwon Do black belt, which shows he has some striking ability. The report from his trainer is that he could be a good boxer now and has K-1 level striking. Don’t hold your breath. We know nothing about Nagy. However, I would say that Walker’s athletic ability will earn him a win Saturday.
Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs
This bout is on the undercard and is billed as a number one contender bout. A trap fight for Hieron. The two UFC cast offs will fight for a shot at Diaz or Zaromskis. I think Hieron has the advantage here. However, Riggs is always tough. I think Hieron etches out a decision here.