I have yet to read this entire thread, but I saw mentioned several times something about the UFC looking bad if Tim loses to Nog. I just don't believe that's true.
The only people who believe that the UFC will really be hurt by anything other than a HYOOOGE scandal that makes the front page of every newspaper.
Do you look at Sports Illustrated very often? What's your sports page look like? From my end it is RARE that we have anything in the Sports page about the UFC...mma a few times(I made the cover of the sports page woooo.lol), but that was only because of the local professional and amateur fighters here.
The truth is that MMA is not exactly a mainstream sport right now, and I would imagine that the gigantic majority of people who "watch UFC" are not so interested in the whole deal as we are. I know alot of people who love the UFC, love MMA, but know jack about what is going on outside of TUF, or on the PPV's(Where they didn't announce Big John's retirement or Randy saying "EFF YOU!"), and i don't think that makes them subpar sports fans either. They just don't know and don't really care to know more than that the UFC is the big brand that seems to have all of the other orgs in check.
Joe Fan: "EliteXC who? What's Strikeforce some new movie or something?"
as far as my picks...I am purposely ambiguous at all times.lol. I have respect for all fighters, and realize that anything can happen, but here goes.
Sylvia. I am not entertained during most of his fights, but the guy is a horrible style matchup for just about anyone. I think it will be very hard for Nog to take things to the ground, and I think that if he does he will have a helluva time trying to submit the big man.
I hope to God Mir wins, but I also have to honestly admit that part of the reason I want him to win is because of Brock's pro wrestling backround, lack of experience, and the fact that in his second MMA fight ever he's fighting a former champ. Granted, you could take anyone with his kind of amateur wrestling credentials and make them a force to be reckoned with, but with his amount of MMA experience I'm just going to be shocked if he ground and pounds Mir to a victory. If he does do that then he's legit, but I'm still going to hate to read all the talk of 15 year olds who made the move because of Pro Wrasslin'.
Nate the Great. I frickin' love Jeremy Horn, but I think Marquardt's got this one.
damnit, I don't have time to go into the rest of them, but I think it would be safe to say that we will see at least one crazy knockout Saturday night when Eastman and Martin get in the cage.