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UFC 150 Staff Picks

UFC 150 kicks off tonight from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. MMAFrenzy is bringing back the staff picks for UFC 150 with the main card picks for tonight’s fights.

Just as a general rule – these are just for fun – and they are meant to be taken that way. Also, Leonard Garcia almost always wins at least one fight on every card by split decision (even when he loses), it’s just site tradition.

Lightweight Title Fight: Benson Henderson (c) vs. Frankie Edgar

“So you pro-Maynard folks need to hear me out first. The last time Frankie Edgar had a setback, he’d taken a few beatings at the hand of Gray Maynard and spent many months listening to how he wasn’t big enough, strong enough, or good enough to hold onto the Lightweight Belt. Well, he turned that into a fight that made Maynard look like a plodding, one dimensional, unconscious mass of humanity. Benson Henderson is a much more complete and well-rounded fighter than Maynard is, which is why I think he’ll hold on. But Edgar is a phenomenal fighter and it would be foolish to just dismiss him out of hand. He made the necessary adjustments to defeat Maynard, it would not be surprising to see him do the same to Henderson.” – Steve “bsbiz” Barnes

“Going for his sixth consecutive title fight, Frankie “The Rematch” Edgar will be fighting his third consecutive rematch in the Octagon, and avenging his second loss in his career. This will be the first time Edgar rematches anyone directly after a loss. Edgar will be coming out looking for an “Answer” (see what I did there? Eh?) against a very well-rounded/conditioned opponent in Henderson. Im not exactly sure what else Edgar can bring to the table that will propell him back to champion status because Bendo will continue to fight from the outside, stuff take downs and use his freakish ability and iron neck to defend any choke that may come his way. Bendo by UD.” – Lex

  • Benson Henderson (c) : 5
  • Frankie Edgar: 1

Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard

“This is the fight I am most excited about. The Cowboy vs The Young Assassin sounds like the next Michael Bay movie. Will Guillard be able to land one of his vicious rights or will he be eating leg kicks all night long. I don’t see this fight going to the ground unless Cerrone wants it there. Fight of the Night potential and I see The Cowboy getting the win here by late 2nd round TKO” – Will

  • Donald Cerrone: 6
  • Melvin Guillard: 0

Ed Herman vs. Jake Shields

“Both fighters appear to be heading in opposite directions; Herman has won 3 in a row, finishing all 3 opponents. While Shields is 1-2, winning his last fight against [Akiyama]. There is a big difference in the calibre of their opponents, with Shields 2 recent losses coming to WW champ GSP and contender Jake Ellenberger. Herman is a good fighter, and I don’t expect him to be rolled over, but he is not, in my opinion, on the same level as Shields. I think Shields will win by grinding decision.” – Newfie

“This will be Shield’s first fight at 185 in the UFC and he will be looking across the cage at a rejuvenated Ed Herman. Herman sustained a nasty knee injury 3 years ago resulting in nearly 2 years away from the cage. Since his return, he has looked dominate and focused. This fight is a grapplers dream. Have to go with the hometown boy, Oregon represent. Herman by UD” – Will

  • Jake Shields: 3
  • Ed Herman: 2

Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts

“Yushin Okami is better at MMA than Buddy Roberts in nearly every aspect of the sport. While a lot can be said about Roberts’ athleticism, I don’t think it will be enough to help him. People quickly forget that Okami was thrashing Tim Boetsch before “The Barbarian” pulled off what may be comeback of the year. I think this looks just like that bout, without the comeback, perhaps even finishing late.” – Jesse Denis

“Okami is looking to bounce back after manhandling Tim Boetsch for 10 minutes before eating a barrage of uppercuts that resulted in his 2nd loss in a row. Buddy Roberts was successful in his UFC debut and will be looking to catapult himself up the 185 ladder. If Okami tries to grind out a UD, I can see him getting caught again and losing via TKO. He needs to find his aggressiveness and try to end this fight. I don’t see that happening, Roberts by 2nd round TKO” – Will

  • Yushin Okami: 4
  • Buddy Roberts: 1

Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway

“Lawrence was the number 1 pick on this past season of The Ultimate Fighter and was the favourite to win the show before losing to eventual season winner Michael Chiesa. After losing his promotional debut to top ranked Dustin Poirier, Holloway put a one-sided beating on Pat Schilling for 3 rounds. I am very split with this fight, but I am going to go with Lawrence on this one.” – Newfie

“Justin Lawrence is the popular pick for good reason. The talented striker has fantastic skill and technique. He is not afraid to throw any strike in book if the time is right. Max Holloway is a bulldog of an opponent who makes up for what he lacks in technique with tenacity and power. The guy’s lone loss was in his UFC debut to perennial contender Dustin Poirier. While Lawrence has the edge on paper, Holloway could very well turn a few heads with his guts and determination against a tough opponent.” – Chris Leslie

  • Justin Lawrence: 4
  • Max Holloway: 1

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