Friday, January 30, 2009

411's MMA Roundtable Preview: UFC 94 - St. Pierre vs. Penn II

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Light Heavyweight bout: Jake O'Brien vs. Christian Wellisch

Dustin James: Christian Wellisch went from UFC fighter, to unemployed, to UFC fighter all in about the span of two days. It seems that his management team has worked things out with the UFC, otherwise why the hell would we see him back with the company? Oh, that's right. The UFC still has a little bit of hope for Jake O'Brien (even though he has suffered back-to-back losses to Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez). This one just reeks of an O'Brien KO. And let's face it, the guy needs it.

Winner: Jake O'Brien, KO, Round 1

Todd Bergman: Since I'm from Indiana, of course I'm going to take O'Brien in this fight. Jake should be able to control the fight where ever it goes and should be able to avoid Wellisch's submission attempts. It might be a boring one, but O'Brien will get the victory in the end.

Winner: "Irish" Jake O'Brien, Decision.

Robert Steele: This one is sure to be a slugfest at some point, but I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of feeling-out with nobody wanting to take a stiff punch early. Wait until the late second round before things get rolling. O'Brien has the more impressive pro record with losses only to Velasquez and Arlovski. That is hard to go against.

Winner: Jake O'Brien, TKO, Round 3

Dan Plunkett: UFC 94 is no exception to the evently (how is that not a word? Damn you squiggly read line!) loser leaves town fight. Both men are wrestlers at heart, and the fight will come down to who has the advantage there.

Winner: Jake O'Brien, Decision

Ryan Seymour: This fight has to be a ‘loser leaves town fight'. O'Brien started of his UFC career impressively with a 3-0 start, even getting a win over "The Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring. But now he has lost his last two fights against Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez. Christian Wellisch has a UFC record of 2-2 and is just coming of a brutal KO loss to Shane Carwin. Both are wrestlers, so we might see this fight stay on the feet. O'Brien should win because Wellisch to me looks like a very mediocre fighter.

Winner: Jake O'Brien, Decision

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