Pepper Calls It: Strikeforce, The Epicness

No funny MS Paint for this one. Just pure badass. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAMania

This is Strikeforce: Miami

Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis for the vacant Welterweight Championship

Both of these fighters are coming into this match off five-fight winning streaks, so I would say this is a pretty even match in the “who wants it more” department. All I’m saying is that Diaz should be aware where his head and Zaromskis’ legs are at all times. If they connect, devastation will follow. Diaz has the rough never back down heart, but I think Zaromskis will win because of his timing and focused skill.

Women’s Championship bout Cyborg Santos vs. Marloes Coenen

Somebody called her a “Dutch Hellcat,” and I really like that idea of Marloes. But if she’s a hellcat, what does that make scary-good Cyborg? A Brazilian jiu-jitsu robot sent from the future to destroy? I am anxious/excited to see two great lady fighters in top form compete, so I don’t really want to make a pick. But, I don’t want another win for Cyborg going to feed her ego, and in turn make her pose in Playboy…

Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler

I don’t know why, but I like Manhoef’s style. Knowing that usually when I say I think a guy is cool, he will lose. So, I am hoping this will break the streak.

Herschel Walker vs. Greg Nagy

Tae-Kwon do Football player, Heisman Trophy winner, DID sufferer, Olympian bobsledder. He sounds like a truly amazing character. A bigger than life character. However, he is 47. FORTY-SEVEN. If he can defeat a fighter 20 years younger than him, all bets are off, man.

Bobby Lashey vs. Wes Sims

Bobby Lashley’s lack of a neck scares me. Wes Sims’ homelessness tenacity scares me. (Let me clarify: he was homeless before he was on TUF 10. He went from garbage bag under the I-55 to the TUF house) But I think that with the right moves, Sims’ can make it happen.

Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs

I know Joe Riggs is a fighter from Phoenix, but I just can’t get behind a guy who is narrow-minded in his views of MMA. When someone (OK, Riggs) says he “doesn’t watch that Japanese stuff much,” I can’t take him seriously. And you guys all know how i feel about bleached hair. Hieron for the win.

On another note, I was floored when I learned the Mayor of Albuquerque declared Tuesday “Greg Jackson/Mike Winklejohn MMA Day.” I seriously got all teary.

As if this week of magical MMA things couldn’t get any better, Bloody Elbow also teamed up with USA Today and released their MMA rankings here. Although, I disagree with them placing Mousasi after Rashad and Rampage.

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