UFC 182 is yes the first fight of the new year. But it might also be the biggest fight in the history of the sport. This is the biggest rivalry in the sport at least since Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Lidell. This is going to be a brawl between Cormier and Jon "Bones" Jones. Here are the predictions.
Jon "Bones" Jones vs. Daniel Cormier: This fight is so hard to call because I respect them both so much. I didn't like Cormier in the heavyweight division. Now in lightweight he is flawless. Jon is a great fighter but I truly belive he lost to Gustafson and I belive his reach is the only reason he's so good. If Cormier can close the gap Jon is going to be in a ton of trouble. I am having a really hard time picking this fight. I will take a risk and go undefeated underdog to beat Jon up and get a 3rd round KO to become the new champion.
Donald Cerrone vs. Miles "Fury" Jury: This fight is a freaking brawl and has tons of excitement built into it. Don't expect these two to touch gloves. I am so torn between the two because I love them both as fighters. I am ready for this one as a co-main event. I am going to take Cerrone in this one. He's the veteran fighter. He's going to submit Jury in the second round with a rear naked choke.
Brad Taveras vs. Nate Marquardt: Brad is going up against a real veteran of the octagon. Marquardt is a great fighter and he is going to need his experience in this. I think Taveras is going to take out the 35 year old Marquardt without much of a problem. Second round knock out of Marquardt on the way.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Louis Gaudinot: Horiguchi is a good fighter and will eventually work his way through the flyweight division. Gaudinot has a huge heart and is a purely striking fighter. If he can keep this fight standing he will absolutely win. I will take Gaudinot in a first round KO.