2UP 2DOWN UFC Pick History: 6-0
UPSET 1 – Mark Godbeer +310
Mark “The Hand Of” Godbeer (12-3) Now that’s an awesome nickname. It’s a title that a rowdy freshman would dub himself for fraternity Wrestle Mania. The only difference, Godbeer does his wrestling in the UFC. The Englishman sports a resume with some notable victories and has earned a finish in all but one of his wins. If “The Hand of” Godbeer continues to make opponents blackout, then fans will continue to see him climb the UFC heavyweight rankings. The next step is against Walt Harris (10-6). Harris is a KO specialist, all 10 of his wins have come by way of knockout. While Godbeer is a heavy underdog, he is the more well-rounded fighter. If he can slip Harris’s powerful hands early, he should be able to finish a tired Harris in the later rounds.
DOUBLE DOWN 1 – George St-Pierre -115
Saturday, November fourth, George St. Pierre (25-2) will make his long-awaited return to the UFC, in arguably the toughest challenge of his career, his opponent, current middleweight champion Micheal Bisping (30-7). GSP stepped away from the octagon in 2014, effectively ending the most celebrated welterweight career in MMA history. Since 2015, Bisping has beaten everyone in his path on route to the Middleweight crown. “The Count” will be the biggest man GSP has ever fought,15-0 as a light-heavyweight and has shown some serious power with his hands in his last few fights. There’s no doubt Bisping has the power to sleep GSP, but St. Pierre has been rocked before. In his previous Octagon appearance, GSP lasted five rounds with a much bigger and more powerful Johnny Hendricks, on route to a decision victory. GSP holds the world record with over 500 hours in a professional octagon, and the championship rounds will be the difference. Bisping has shown the heart, and cardio to last five rounds, the last time he went to distance, however, it was against a Dan Henderson on the wrong side of 40 and Bisping was gassed by the final bell. The Montreal native, St. Pierre holds the world record with over 500 hours in a professional octagon. GSP should be able to slip the Englishman’s powerful shots early with the help of his new boxing coach and Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddy Roach. With his upgraded boxing, Excellent cardio and strong wrestling GSP should grind this fight out and finish a fatigued Bisping in the championship rounds. The fact is GSP is the most dominant Champion in UFC history. He’s won a promotion best, 12 titles fights and will likely make it an unprecedented 13 on November fourth.
UPSET 2 – Aiemann Zahabi Upset +175
Aiemann Zahabi (7-0) is the younger brother of legendary Tristar trainer Firas. Zahabi, like most Tristar fighters, is extremely precise in all facets of his game. His opponent, Ricardo Lucas Ramos (10-1) has a highly touted BJJ background and has won six fights via submission. If the Zahabi brothers can come up with a solid game plan like Frias always does then Aiemann should take this one via split decision. Coaching will determine the outcome here.
DOUBLE DOWN 2 – Joanna Jedrzejcyk -600
Jonna Jedrzejcyk (14-0) is without question the best female fighter and 115 pounder on the planet. Jedrzejcyk has yet to lose a fight, let alone a round in the UFC (Ok, maybe one or two.) Her toughest challenge came a year ago at the very arena she’ll defend her title again, MSG. After she brutalized fellow Pole Karolina Kozakiewicz in a five round war, Joanna promised the crowd and the world that she would be the only person to hold the 115-pound belt. Rose Namajunas is a legit challenger with a balanced skill set. She lost the inaugural Strawweight championship fight to Carla Esparza back in December 2014. Joanna fought Esparza next in Dallas, beat the hell out of her and claimed her UFC gold. Now she has a chance to break Ronda Rousey’s UFC title defence record. Namajunas has an excellent submission game, but Jedrzejcyk has all the tools to keep this fight on the feet and outclass Namajunas with her superb striking. Jedrzejcyk via unanimous decision.