Saturday, January 31, 2009

UFC 94 Predictions by the Bloody Elbow Staff: The Undercard

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Jake O'Brien vs. Christian Wellisch

Luke Thomas: There's not much to say about this. Wellisch probably prefers to stand, but we know O'Brien has zero interest in that. Ultimately, Wellisch is going to concede the takedown. Over and over and over again. Rinse and repeat. O'Brien by unanimous decision.

Kid Nate: This is deep in who cares country. Loser is probably leaving the UFC. Both men were run out of the heavyweight division by the UFC's new breed of heavyweight mega-wrestlers, O'Brien taking a beatdown from Cain Velasquez and Wellisch getting battered by Shane Carwin. Wellisch is fairly well rounded with passable standup and some submission skills. Sadly, he won't be able to fend off Jake "the Blanket" O'Brien's one skill -- getting the takedown and controlling position. O'Brien by decision.

Brent Brookhouse: This is a fight between two guys who have already served their purpose. Both were pounded out by the next generation of heavyweights and now they get to face each other to see who gets to stick around on the roster to fight Justin McCully on an Ultimate Fight Night undercard down the road. O'Brien isn't good at a lot, but he is very good at getting the fight to the ground and maintaining dominant position. Which should be enough to get him a safe decision win. Is the world ready for Jake O'Brien vs. Justin McCully? O'Brien by decision. (yes, at the time of the picks I completely forgot this was at 205...there goes the dream match against McCully)

Michael Rome: I echo Nate's thoughts above. O'Brien should take this via wet blanket. O'Brien by decision.

Michael Fagan: The UFC was quick to release O'Brien after his underwhelming affair with Andrei Arlovski last February. But he took a fight with Cain Velasquez on short notice which always puts someone in Zuffa's good graces. O'Brien's going to do his thing and hold down Wellish and keep his job I guess. Jake O'Brien by decision.

Cannon Jacques: I don't have strong feelings, one way or the other, about this affair. The two men are coming off matches in which both were finished quickly by two of the UFC's up and coming heavyweights. The loser may be shown the exit, but who really knows? If O'Brien can do what he does best - hold his opponent down, he should get the win in quite boring fashion. Either way, I can't imagine either of these gentlemen making a splash in the talent rich light heavyweight division. O'Brien by decision.

Nick Thomas: Doubt this fight will stay standing... because of that. O'Brien by decision.

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