The UFC will head to Chicago on Saturday, presenting their second card on FOX. The main card will feature three fights, below you will find predictions for those fights and odds for the entire fight card.
Main Card Predictions:
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis: The main event will feature the veteran, Rashad Evans taking on the young upstart Phil Davis. This fights a huge test for Davis and how he does in this bout will go a long way toward establishing exactly how good he is. Evans will be his first taste of real elite level competition in the UFC and honestly, I donâ€™t think Davis is ready. It pains me to say that, but the only place I see him being better than Evans is in his wrestling game and after seeing multiple takedown attempts of Davis get stuffed in his last bout, Iâ€™m not sure that his wrestling will be enough to make a difference. I see Evans outpointing Davis, while keeping the fight standing. Rashad Evans by unanimous decision.
Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping: Not many people are giving Michael Bisping a chance in this fight, which is incorrect because he does have a chance at victory, albeit a very slim one. I see Sonnen coming out aggressive in this one and taking the fight to the ground, where he will use his wrestling and ground and pound to dominate Sonnen. Everyone thinks that Sonnenâ€™s weakness is his jiu-jitsu, but you can probably bet that training in that discipline has been a large part of Sonnenâ€™s camp.Â If it hasnâ€™t, well, that would be a mistake. . Chael Sonnen by unanimous decision.
Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman: Chris Weidman is saying all the right things going into his fight against Demian Maia. Weidmanâ€™s really in a no lose situation here, he took the fight on less than two weekâ€™s notice, so while a win would be great and keep his unbeaten streak alive, to say that a loss in a fight he really had no time to prepare for would hurt him is somewhat preposterous.Â Maia is a top level jiu jitsu practitioner, with not time to study his game, Weidman is at a huge disadvantage in this one and while I commend him for taking the fight, I just donâ€™t see his wrestling trumping the BJJ of Maia. Demian Maia by second round submission.
Â Full UFC on FOX 2 Final Odds:
Rashad Evans (-175) favorite over Phil Davis (+145)
Chael Sonnen (-455) favorite over Michael Bisping (+355)
Chris Weidman (-165) favorite over Demian Maia (+135)
Evan Dunham (-345) favorite over Nick Lentz (+275)
Mike Russow (-165) favorite over Jon Olav Einemo (+135)
Cub Swanson (-135) favorite over George Roop (+105)
Charles Oliveira (-500) favorite over Eric Wisely (+350)
Shane Roller (-220) favorite over Michael Johnson (+180)
Joey Beltran (-215) favorite over Lavar Johnson (+175)
Chris Camozzi (-185) favorite over Dustin Jacoby (+155)