Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pain Poll: The 5 Oz. Staff Predicts and Previews UFC 94

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Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.): Jake O’Brien (10-2) vs. Christian Wellisch (8-4):

Sam Caplan: O’Brien is coming off back-to-back losses and desperately needs a win here. Wellisch is the better striker of the two but O’Brien’s hands have improved a little in the last year. I see O’Brien using his boxing to set up the takedown and en route to grinding out a unanimous decision victory.

Michael Huckaby: This is one of those fights on WMMA or when making your own cards that you throw on there at the end because both need a fight and you might as well get them both out of the way at the same time. This will be in no way pretty or entertaining and I’ll pick O’Brien by grounding and napping for longer than Wellisch can. Winner: Jake O’Brien, decision.

Nick Travaglini – This is the only poor fight on the card in my opinion. Both men are fighting for a roster spot while the loser will most likely be shown the door. I think O’Brien has more upside so I am rooting for him to take this fight. I think his superior wrestling will enable him to win a controlling and boring decision.

Cory Brady: This is a gimme fight for O’Brien. Not that Wellisch is a push over but O’Brien’s wrestling ability should be enough to take Wellisch to the mat quckly on his way to a easy ground and pound victory. O’Brien by TKO

Jonathan Snowden: O’Brien was considered a top UFC prospect a few years ago, before a serious neck injury threatened to end his UFC career. Like Darth Vader, he’s more machine than man, complete with a titanium rod in his neck. How can Christian Wellisch compete with that? O’Brien, TKO, Round 2.

Christopher Dolan: Despite coming off back to back losses I think O’Brien should be able to bounce back in this fight. I like for O’Brien to defeat Wellisch via a third round TKO.

Caleb Newby: Jake O’Brien - Decision

David Andrest: A classic loser leaves town fight. O’Brien should have no trouble taking Wellish to the floor and laying on him for 15 minutes, giving Caplan and Newby time to find the hot dog stand. O’Brien via Decision

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