UFC 92 is this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and I have some predictions.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson :
This is the 3rd fight between these two beasts of the 205 pound division and Jackson is looking for his first victory. I think he will find it here. Silva won the first 2 fights in "Pride" and is coming off of a quick KO victory over Keith Jardine. Jackson is coming off of a decision loss to Forrest Griffin, a fight in which he lost his title.
PREDICTION: Jackson by decision
Antonio "Rodrigo" Nogueira vs. Frank Mir
This is a 5-round fight for the interim Heavyweight Title with the winner getting Brock Lesnar
to unify the belt some time in Spring. Mir has recently been getting publicity for calling Lesnar's victory over Randy Couture "lucky". Mir will need luck in this one as he fights a legend in Nogueira. Nogueira is known for his ability to take massive amounts of punishment, but this skill will not be necessary in this fight. I predict Nogueira will make quick work of Frank Mir.
PREDICTION: Nogueira by submission
Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin:
This fight is for the UFC Light-heavyweight belt and should live up to the hype. Rashad Evans is a former college wrestler for Michigan State and has used an improving stand-up game to knock out such fighters as Sean Salmon and Chuck Liddell. Griffin is a well rounded fighter who has used his ground game to submit Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and his stand-up to beat Quinton Jackson for the UFC title. Griffin will use his technical striking skills to neutralize Evans' wrestling and will retain his belt.
PREDICTION: Griffin by decision