The UFC is putting on one of its largest cards of the entire year tonight in Las Vegas. Headlined by perhaps the biggest fight of the summer, Anderson Silva will attempt to defend his middleweight title for the 11th straight time against the undefeated Chris Weidman.
From top to bottom, this card features fights that experts will certainly struggle to find a consensus when predicting the winners. As someone who is riding a bit of a hot streak in terms of predicting fights lately, you can check my prior UFC previews for proof here. Preview 1 Preview 2.
Hoping to keep my hot streak going, I will now begin my UFC 162 Silva vs Weidman main card predictions.
Cub Swanson(19-5) vs Dennis Siver (21-8)
Betting line: Swanson -230, Siver +180
A featherweight bout opens the night at UFC 162 between Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver. Cub Swanson has been on a tear, inching close and closer to a shot at the title. A win over a contender likely gets him a shot at a belt, however Siver is far too talented to be viewed as only a stepping stone for Swanson.
Swanson is coming off of victories over Ross Pearson and Dustin Poirier, making him one of the hottest featherweights in the world, Siver on the other hand is 34 years old and has not fought in over six months.
Since making the move to featherweight, Siver has looked huge for the division, and his power could be the X-factor tonight.
Both men are evenly matched on paper. The fight could come down to who can take more punishment than the other. Here is a nod to Siver in that department.
Although Swanson is the quicker and more athletic of the two men, Siver probably has the edge in the technique and fighting IQ categories. Expect Siver to stand toe to toe and turn the fight into a chess match, tipping the scales in his favor.
His power will make Swanson have to worry about everything he does, which will result in mistakes that Siver will be to capitalize on.
Sound the upset alert early on.
Prediction: Siver by unanimous decision.
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