Will Uriah Hall show his potential?
As a member of Team Sonnen during the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Uriah Hall showed the most potential of any TUF prospect in recent memory. His knockout over Adam Cella had many people believing that Hall would find his way to the top of the middleweight division in no time. But a split-decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum in the TUF finale followed by another split-decision loss to John Howard at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen has brought Hall to a “win or go home” fight with UFC veteran Chris Leben.
Chris Leben is riding a three-fight losing streak with losses to Mark Muñoz, Derek Brunson and Andrew Craig. Not many fighters would still be with the UFC after a streak like Leben’s, but he is an alumni of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter and Dana White has expressed his love for members of that cast. Regardless of the outcome of this fight, Dana will make sure Leben has something to do, possibly with the UFC gym in Hawaii.
My prediction: Leben presses Hall into action and pushes the fight to the 3rd round, but Hall lands a counter and a gassed Leben is unable to recover: Hall by 3rd round TKO.
What will become of the Rousey/Tate rivalry?
In March of 2012, Miesha Tate lasted until 4:27 mark of the first round against Ronda Rousey before finding herself caught in an armbar. Since then, Tate beat a now-retired Julie Kedzie and then lost to Cat Zingano, yet due to Zingano’s unfortunate injuries Tate now finds herself matched up with Rousey for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
As long as Rousey is champion, this could be Tate’s last chance at the championship in the UFC. I, personally, do not think she is an elite enough talent to contend again if she loses on December 28th. I think that the UFC was fortunate enough that Rousey and Tate don’t like each other enough to make the “rivalry” promotion work for a fight that is likely to end the same way as the first one. Saturday night, hopefully, will be the last we have to hear of the Rousey/Tate rivarly.
My prediction: Death, Taxes, and Rousey via armbar.
Will Anderson Silva reclaim the throne?
In sports, there’s a common theory that it’s difficult to beat the same team twice. In this case, UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman will have to accomplish just that, but instead of a team, it’s the greatest mixed martial artist to have ever lived. Weidman is looking to silence the people who think that his first win over Anderson Silva was a fluke, a flash in the pan. Weidman is looking to be a giant killer once again.
Anderson Silva will hold the status as the greatest fighter in the UFC’s history for the foreseeable future. Another loss to Weidman wouldn’t diminish the amazing feats that Silva accomplished in his UFC tenure. If, however, he comes in focused and is able to display the skills that led him to a UFC record 16 wins in a row, he can cement his status as legendary.
My prediction: Weidman is trapped in the Spider’s web. Silva by 4th round TKO.