Echo definitely wins in the poster category…this time.
In Ben vs. Ben fashion, my good friend Echo and I have decided to join forces and bring you a joint prediction article. here is the conversation we had.
Echo: UFC 101 is here and that means it’s time to throw down. Some of you will recall a certain Pesky Pepper called me out last month, challenging me to a sort of “he said, she said” battle. Well, I’ve spent the last month training and feel confident in my ability to out “call” Ms. Pepper. Many-a blogger have fallen victim to my patented triple finger key-tap and I can backspace like a bastard, so I hope she’s bringing her “A” game.
Pepper: Oh, the “A” game has been brought-en. Or, in the case of keyboard skills, my “control + V” Paste skills have been MediVac’d in.
First off, here’s the rundown on 101’s main fight card:
Josh “The Dentist” Neer vs. Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino
Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove vs. Richard “Big Dog” Almeida
Amir “Powda Keg” Sadollah vs. Johny “Ham Sammich” Hendricks
Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Forrest “Open car doors” Griffin
BJ “The Prodigy Penn vs. Kenny “KenFlo” Florian
Starting out the night will be Josh “No One’s Tougher Than the Orphans” Neer v. Kurt “Mineral Water Only” Pellegrino. Let’s get it on!
Pepper: Neer’s a little bit thick. Saying Nick andare the same fighter? That’s like saying Hans Gruber is the same kind of villain as the Joker. I didn’t like that about him. Doesn’t matter which Diaz though bro, you got knocked the eff on your a** by both. Neer is slightly more experienced than Mr. Fancy Italian Water, and though Kurt seems like he really wants it, I have to see myself swaying for Neer.
Echo: I’m surprised to see we disagree right from the start. First of all, am I the only one that finds it humorous a guy nicknamed “The Dentist” is going to be fighting a guy who is best known for winning a fight after having a tooth knocked out of his skull? Anyway, Neer has been in the game quite a while and has some knockout power, but Pellegrino can take a punch and is quite comfy on the ground. Depending on whether or not this fight stays standing will be a huge deciding factor and, personally, I see Pellegrino bringing it to the mat where he will quickly break between one and three of Neer’s limbs.
Pepper: I really like Pellegrino, so I hope I’m proven wrong on this one.
Kendall “Phonics Champion” Grove vs. Ricardo “Father Big Dog” Almeida
Echo: Into fight two and we have battling . After winning The Ultimate Fighter 3, Grove has been learning from the best and built a good ground game. His chin, though, is suspect. Unfortunately for Almeida, the guys got no strength behind those mitts, so Grove’s weakness is moot. Both enjoy submitting their opponent, but Grove desperately wants to keep a forward momentum following a sloppy start to his UFC career. I hate his nickname, but I see Grove winning this one.
Pepper: I am trying very hard to not make Dentist, waiting room, “sit back and breathe the gas” jokes here, and you’re not helping by bringing it up once again! Almeida seems to have the heart. it’s tough just by watching the pre-fight video who wants it more, because they’re both so relaxed, but it seems like Almeida has done his homework. unfortunately it still seems his only objective is to get Grove to the ground, but he knows that the 6 inch height advantage for Grove will make it tough. he had the foresight enough to train with super tall guys, and he recognizes that he has to work hard because Grove isn’t someone who will just rollover, but I am hoping in the rough and tumble Almeida will be victorious. Extremely bloody, but victorious.
Amir “The Surgeon” Sadollah vs. Johny “Teach Me Something I Don’t Know” Hendricks
Pepper: LMAO. That’s what I have to say to both of them. Sadollah called his favorite techniques “deliciously painful,” while Hendricks replied that hisfavorite technique was an eloquently succinct “punch in the face.” Seems like this might actually be a great matchup with two equal opponents. Sadollah seems like he has been waiting for a good challenge like this. Being Hendircks’ first UFC fight, he has a lot to prove, but he is up for it. I think that Amir might have a little bit of an advantage though.
Echo: I agree with you on the equality of the fighters here. Sadollah and Hendricks are about as green as they come and, both wanting to keep their early undefeated records going as long as possible, hopefully this fight will be all heart. I would give Hendricks the advantage, actually, but I know too little about these young fighters to give an honest call. For the sake of argument, though, I’m going with Sadollah.
Anderson “The Real Deal Spider” Silva vs. Forrest “Let Me Open That Car Door For You” Griffin
Echo: I think you would have to be crazy to call this fight in Griffin ’s favor, and I doubt Ms. Pepper is ready for a straightjacket, but I suppose we’ll find out in just a minute here. In the meantime, let me say that I would be totally fine with Griffin pulling off the upset. I love this guy. You can’t not love this guy. His heart is bigger than his body and, though he doesn’t like to show it, he’s a big thinker and knows the science of a fight. Silva, though, is as close to unbeatable as you can get. If anyone’s going to give him a run for his money it’s Griffin , and I’m hoping for a fantastic fight before Silva finds a way to embed a knee in Griffin ’s skull. No matter what happens, I seriously doubt Silva will get the opportunity to dance around again. Griffin will push the fight, and Silva will push right back…But I really would like to see Griffin pull it off…But he won’t.
Pepper: Forrest “F**kin'” Griffin. Just scroll down and look at his fighter pic on UFC.com. He’s so goofy he has finally won me over. That doesn’t mean I’m going to rally against the originalSpider, though. None of that missspelt “Da Spyder” crap Kendall Grove is pushing. I am going to firmly plant myself on the fence for this one. Maybe they can both knock each other out, or both decide the fight is silly and go play bumper cars and get milkshakes. I don’t want either of them to lose.
Lastly, we have BJ “Fox and the Grapes” Penn vs. Kenny “I Believe You Have My BEEEEEEEEELT!” Florian
Pepper: That yell Florian does in the pre-fight videos cracks me up. I am rooting for KenFlo, that’s all there is to this one. I don’t know if it’s all the whine he made with his sour grapes, but BJ Penn just rubs me the wrong way. I hope KenFlo hamburgerizes him, shuts him up, whatever. I’d rather see someone who feels they have to work extremely hard to attain a goal have that belt.
Echo: Oh snap! As for me, hopefully we’re looking at another dynamite bout. (Assuming Silva/Griffin is dynamite, of course.) Both Penn and Florian are top-notch combatants and both have a good reason to win this one. Penn, so he can prove he’s not ready to retire. Florian, to prove he’s a champion-caliber fighter. I have a bad feeling Penn might be out of this one mentally, but if he comes in confident, his experience is going to guide him straight through Florian. The man executes brilliantly and, if he can get the upper hand, he’s not going to lose it.
Make sure you take a look at Echo’s version of our fight. And, cut us a little slack, this is the first time we’ve made our fight public. I guarantee it will be funnier next time!