UPSET 1 – Mark Godbeer +260
First off, Mark “The Hand Of” Godbeer (12-3) has one of the best nicknames in MMA today. The Englishman has earned a finish in all, but one victory, of those finishes eight, have come by way of knockout. Saturday, Godbeer will exchange blows with Walt Harris (10-5). Since joining the UFC in 2013, Harris has earned three victories all coming by KO. Expect a slugfest, but Godbeer should be able to pull off the upset via KO second round.
Double Down 1 – Demetrious Johnson -1200
On Saturday night, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (Flyweight Champion 26-2-1) can make history and snap his Idol, Anderson Silvia’s consecutive title defense record. Silva defended his belt an unprecedented ten times over a span of 7 years. At UFC 216, Johnson can break that record with his eleventh consecutive defense. Since he won the inaugural flyweight belt in 2012 Mighty Mouse has won 11 straight fights and finished five opponents in that span. Ray Borg (#3 Flyweight 11-2) has excellent a very smooth ground game, with very accurate striking. Problem is he’s going toe-toe with the pound-for-pound king of MMA. Johnson is simply too experienced and talented. There is no stopping Mighty Mouse from making history and earning his big cheese. Johnson vis Unanimous Decision.
UPSET 2 – Derrick Lewis +210
Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (#6 Heavyweight 18-5) has won 6 of his last seven fights and is well on his way to a title shot. He’s knocked out eight UFC heavyweights in the past three years, and 16 of his 18 career wins have come by way of KO. That, mixed with his unforgettable personality has made him a fan favorite. A win over former champ Werdum (#2 Heavyweight 21-7-1) would put him in title contention. Werdum, 40, is a legend in the heavyweight MMA. There’s no doubt that he’s got a diverse and dangerous submission game, but his chin has been weak of late. Now Champion, Stipe Miocic was able to KO Werdum while walking backward. If Lewis lands one combination or one solid hook, Werdum will drop. Lewis, a Houston native has dedicated his time to helping survivors. He has dedicated his performance to the city of Houston and promised “A knockout. A brutal Knockout.”
Double Down 2 – Tony Ferguson -260
Tony Ferguson (#2 Lightweight ) has terrorized the UFC lightweight division for over seven years comping a 12- record in the promotion. His grappling his second to none, he’s got an excellent ground game and a striking arsenal that is only rivaled by Conor McGregor in the division. This interim bout has a ton of bad blood flowing into it. Kevin Lee (#7 Lightweight16-2) and Ferguson have feuded multiple times on national tv, and the final battle will finally come to fruition Saturday. Lee has adopted a boxing approach for this fight. His camp has focused on boxing spars and a lot of head movement and counter punching. Expect there to be bombs exchanged in a close clinching battle. Both men should do damage, but Ferguson’s experience, durability, and grappling should put him in a position to finish this fight in the championship rounds.
2UP 2DOWN- UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Results: All four #2UP2DOWN picks were correct.