Get ready for some pain this Saturday night as UFC crowns an undisputed Heavyweight champion. Al Dannity knows who he’s picking.
All hail Lesnar As a professional wrestler he knew all about being the top heel, since leaving that pantomime Brock Lesnar hasn’t changed his persona one bit. The UFC Heavyweight champion is the man the fans love to hate; well most fans that is because I think he’s the best thing that ever happened to MMA betting. This is a guy that can verbally and physically humiliate opponents without any need to apologize. Don’t get me wrong, respectful fighters like Georges St Pierre are great but there’s a shortage of bad guys who can back it up inside the octagon. Lesnar fills that gap and right now he’s looking at some fresh meat.
Don’t expect any ring rust from the champ, despite his lengthy absence. Lesnar is not happy to see Shane Carwin walking around with a belt as interim champion. Carwin is no paper champion; he is the second best Heavyweight in the UFC. On Saturday night he will get a short and sharp reminder of the pecking order in the division. This will be a brutal slugfest from the start but there will be only one winner. I doubt this will even go three rounds, bet on Brock Lesnar at -143 to win big with Sports Interaction.
A bridge too far for Leben Chris Leben enters his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama having fought just two weeks ago. He took the fight at short notice after Wanderlei Silva dropped out. That kind of commitment to answering calls from Dana White to stand in will be repaid to him in future with more big fights. He won’t however get much chance to reap the benefits on Saturday night. While Akiyama hasn’t fought since UFC 100, he won’t let the lay-off get to him. If anything Leben is in for some nasty punishment as Akiyama has been waiting to get his hands on Silva for over a year. He won’t be happy to be up against a stand-in fighter. I like Akiyama to make an example of Leben in this fight before he finally faces Silva in the octagon. This will be one of the more technical fights of the night and I like Yoshihiro Akiyama to win at -247.
All about honor Krzysztof Soszynski and Stephan Bonnar have old scores to settle after a controversial end to their last fight. A close battle saw Soszynski awarded victory by TKO after an accidental cut on Bonnar caused the fight to be stopped. While I praised the bad boy nature of Lesnar earlier I have to give this duo their due. Both men immediately demanded a rematch as neither was satisfied with the outcome. While Bonnar gave the Polish-Canadian all he could handle last time out, his career has been on a downward curve for some time now. Soszynski knows he can’t afford to leave any doubt in the minds of fans this time around. I like Soszynski to come out looking to dominate and to win at -233 with Sports Interaction.