I am excited for this fight. Gomi, the former PRIDE champion finally comes to the UFC. It would bode well for the UFC if Gomi would do well. It would make more possible a live event in Japan and really open up the Asian market. However, he ha s a tough first fight against Kenny Florian. I think it is a good match up stylistically. Gomi is a good striker with heavy hands, good wrestling and good ground and pound. Florian has good muay thai skills and great submissions. I hear people speak about how Gomi now is motivated, but I don’t buy it yet. He has not looked good since the last days of PRIDE. I may be wrong, but Florian seems motivated while Gomi could care less. I think Florian wins this by decision, I leave room for the possibility of a quick RNC too.
Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve
The height of Struve could be a problem for Nelson. “Skyscraper” is 6’11”. The height was a little bit of a problem for Buentello, but Paul didn’t look bad against Stefan. I think Nelson is a better version of Buentello with more tools. I think Nelson is able to pick Struve apart on the feet and dictate where the fight takes place. If it goes to the ground he better beware of Stefan Struve’s long legs, but Nelson is an A+ grappler and I think Roy “Big Country” Nelson controls the fight and takes a unanimous decision.
Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera
Who knows with this fight. Neither guy will challenge for a title soon, but both are solid guys. In the end I think Quarry has better striking and a better chin. I see both chins being tested here and in the end Quarry picking up the decision.
Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver
Siver is a tough dude. He has heavy hands, good boxing and improved ground skills, but Pearson impressed with his win over Aaron Riley. Honestly, I think Siver is a step down in competition for Pearson. I don’t see Ross having a problem with Siver. He needs to beware of the heavy hands, but I think Pearson gets the win by TKO in round 3.
Undercard Quick Picks:
Andre Winner over Rafaello Oliveira
Ronnys Torres over Jacob Volkmann
Nik Lentz over Rob Emerson
Gleison Tibau over Caol Uno
Yushin Okami over Lucio Linhares
Mario Miranda over Gerald Harris
Jason High over Charlie Brenneman