Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bloodyknux.Com's UFC 93 Predictions

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Martin Kampmann (13-2) vs. Alexandre Barros (13-5)

This is Martin Kampmann's first taste of 170 after his disappointing quick loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88 in September 2008. Previously the Dane had worked his way up through European competition before entering the UFC and comfortably defeating talented fighters like Thales Leites and Jorge Rivera. Now he'll have to keep to his high standards to stay afloat at welterweight.

Barros is a slight unknown from Rio de Janeiro but stayed 3 rounds with Matt Hughes, Aaron Riley and Dave Strasser back in 2002. His hands are light but he is clearly durable and tough. Kampmann is a helluva step up for him. While it's difficult to dismiss 'unknown Brazilians' after recently seeing Dos Santos demolish Fabricio Werdum, Kampmann takes his job professionally and will seek to put his name in the hat at WW. His grappling and Muay Thai belts highlight a roundedness that Barros will be unable to handle. Round 1 KO.

Tom Egan (3-0) vs. John Hathaway (9-0)

I don't know much about 20 year-old Tom Egan. His 3-0 record tells us little except that he likes to throw his hands and is so far successful at it. John Hathaway comes into this welterweight fight full of promise. He ends his fights on the mat, working methodically to pound out the win. Coming through the Cage Rage Contenders ranks untroubled is a clear indicator of his talent. He has come a long way in two years and will continue his progress here. If he can avoid Egan's early combinations, Hathaway should get this fight to the mat, work position and score enough damage on novice Egan to keep the locals jeering the English. First round stoppage win for Hathaway.

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