On a weekend filled with highly anticipated MMA action (Strikeforce Challengers on Friday night, and a new season of Bellator on Saturday Night), Sunday night’s UFC on Versus 4 show looks to be the “Main Event” everyone is talking about.
And who can blame them?
On paper, this card is stacked with what should be an outstanding night of evenly matched bouts. Not to mention that the entertainment factor that most of the show’s fighters bring to the Octagon is rarely unmatched.
Let’s face it. Matt “Meathead” Mitrione (love him or hate him) is worth the effort of tuning in alone. Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo should prove to be a slugfest. Matt Brown and John Howard, both possibly fighting for their jobs, are never in a dull fight. The Main Event, featuring Nate Marquardt (in his Welterweight debut) and Rick Story (fighting on less than a month’s notice), could put the winner in line for a future shot at the Welterweight Title.
I must also mention that this is the UFC’s first venture in to Pittsburgh, PA. “The Steel City”, a place I have grown affectionate of since marrying into a Western Pennsylvania based family, has been waiting a long time for a major MMA show to emanate from its sports-rich venues. I only hope that this event proves to be a huge success for both the UFC and the Pittsburgh area, so that a bigger, more high-profile event may return in the future.
Now, onto the Roundtable!
Joining us this week is a “Who’s Who” of MMA fans and columnists:
Brian Willy – Owner/Operator of Effingham Computer Services, and inspiration for the “Kung-Fu Panda” movies.
Frank Kline – Sports Junkie and appliance expert that would rather be fishing with his girls.
Chris Bragg – Me, Myself, and I. I put these Roundtable Previews together, try to make friends with MMA fighters and Pro Wrestlers on Twitter @SavWrestlingMMA), and Co-Host the #1 Rated, Highly Underappreciated, and GREATEST SHOW IN THE HISTORY OF INTERNET RADIO*, The Ultimate Fight Show.
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Now, on to the picks…
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft
Stephen – Matt Mitrione via 2nd Round TKO
Brian – Mitrione by Decision
Joshua – Mitrione by KO in Round 1
Frank – Mitrione by KO
Greg – Matt Mitrione
Larry – Matt Mitrione
Chris – I love “Meathead” and think he wins this by TKO in Round 2.
Matt Brown vs. John Howard
Stephen – Matt Brown via Unanimous Decision
Brian – Brown by KO
Joshua – Howard by Round 2 Submission
Frank – Brown by Decision
Greg – Matt Brown
Larry – Matt Brown
Chris – The loser of this fight will likely be cut right out of the UFC. I think Matt Brown survives to fight another day, via Unanimous Decision.
Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo
Stephen – Kongo via 2nd Round TKO
Brian – Pat Barry by TapouT
Joshua – Barry by Decision
Frank – Barry wins by KO. He will cut Congo down with his leg kicks, and finish it with his hands.
Greg – Cheick Kongo
Larry – Pat Barry
Chris – I really hope Pat Barry wins this by KO. He should use his awesome kicks to the legs and the body to set up a vicious flurry of shots to Kongo’s head. Round 1 would be nice.
MAIN EVENT Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story
Stephen – Marquardt via Unanimous Decision
Brian – Rick Story wins by Decision
Joshua – Marquardt by Decision
Frank – Rick Story by Decision
Greg – Nate “The Great” Marquardt
Larry – Rick Story
Chris – This is an important fight for Nate Marquardt. After an underachieving run at Middleweight, he drops down to try and rejuvenate his worth in the UFC. If he fails, he could be in trouble. Rick Story, coming off a Unanimous Decision Victory over Thiago Alves just four weeks ago, shouldn’t feel as much pressure. I feel like Marquardt will grind out a Decision Win in what should be a great battle.
To recap, let’s take a look at the favorites:
Matt Mitrione 7-0
Matt Brown 6-1
Pat Barry 5-2
Nate Marquardt 4-3
Well, those are our picks for UFC on Versus 4. What are yours?
Also, be sure you catch The Ultimate Fight Show this (and every) Saturday at Noon ET, as Larry and I will further break down this card, look back at last weekend’s Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, update you on the always crazy world of Boxing, and take your calls about whatever is on your mind. You can also follow the show on Twitter (@TheUltFightShow) and LIKE us on Facebook.
Have a great weekend!