On Saturday, July 30th, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will face in a heavyweight clash at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Also on that card is a women's 135lbs title clash, a battle of middleweight contenders and more. MMA Nation offers predictions for the entire fight card below.
A close contest, but I ultimately like Daley. He's fought a ton of excellent wrestlers, continues to advance that portion of his game and despite what some suggest, has strong defensive wrestling. Even when Daley can't throw kicks, he possesses enough fire power and technique with his hands to get the job done. Daley via TKO.
Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Unlike the calculus in the previous contest, I like the better wrestler here to win. This is a step up in competition for Saffiedine in terms of experienced, big show opposition, but Smith's kill or be killed, blood and guts approach is making him shop worn in a hurry. Smith's power can't be understated, but I suspect it's not enough. Saffiedine via decision.
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Bobby Green
Green's a good athlete and that's about it if we are measuring his skills against JZ. This is the Brazilian's fight to lose. JZ via submission.
Eduardo Pamplona vs. Tyler Stinson
Pamplona has precisely the skill set to give Stinson problems provided he can get it to the floor. He should be able to. Pamplona via submission.
Julie Kedzie vs. Alexis Davis
Davis possesses a nice well-rounded skill set, but always seems to come up short against the more elite fighters she faces. I worry about Kedzie's spark given her long career, but this is her fight to lose. Kedzie via decision.
Derek Brunson vs. Lumumba Sayers
Brunson's crippling power should prove the difference maker. Brunson via TKO.
Bryan Humes vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones
I'll give this one to Salinas-Jones for being slightly more of a submission hunter. Salnias-Jones via submission.