Friday, February 06, 2009

Ultimate Fight Night 17 Predictions: The Main Card

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Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fiorvanti

Kelvin Hunt-The difference in this fight will be Johnson's natural ability. He'll be stronger, quicker, and we know he has KO power. While a tough guy, I don't see Luigi posing any significant threats in this match up. I think Johnson will strike, then soften Luigi up with a take down or two. Then catch him with a Street Fighter II dragon punch or something. Johnson via TKO.

Charles Walker-This should be a good fight, point blank period. This is a huge step up in competition for Johnson and a solid opponent for Fioravanti and luckily it was bumped up to the televised card. Both guys have huge question marks in their game. After his fight with Diego Sanchez, can Fioravanti afford to stand and bang with someone like Johnson? Can Johnson handle a big welterweight like Luigi, who loves to clinch? One of those questions will be answered and I think it’ll be ‘Rumble’ Johnson’s power that’s the key here. I think Luigi will play it safe and close the distance early, much like Kevin Burns did but I think Johnson can deal with it and eventually create enough space to land one of his bombs late in the second round for a TKO victory.

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