The UFC ventures to Oklahoma City, OK Sunday night for UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee, and Cageside Press has our staff picks ready!
Better known as UFC Oklahoma City (or UFCOKC for those of you who consider typing full words too much work), the six fight main card features a mixture of veteran talent and young up-and-comers. Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee have a bit of a feud to settle in the main event. Meanwhile UFC legend B.J. Penn opens the card without a win since 2010.
While Bellator 180 was a fantastic batch of picks for our staff (no one went worse than 3-1, counting the Neiman Gracie fight that actually aired on last night’s Bellator NYC PPV), the Bellator NYC card itself was a different matter. We struggled, but then, who predicts double knockdowns, shocking upsets, and freak ankle injuries?
Lets see if we do better today — here’s our UFC Oklahoma City staff picks!
|Staff Writers||B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver||Tim Means vs. Alex Garcia||Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes||Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish||Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks||Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee|
|Jay Anderson (23-12)|
|Dan Doherty (22-13)|
|Mike McClory (14-15)|
|Heath Harshman (24-11)|
|Harry Davies (19-16)|
|Eddie Law (20-15)|
|Paarth Pande (19-10)|
|Jason Payne (11-3)|
Despite being winless for the better part of a decade, our staff went with their hearts for the most part, and chose B.J. Penn to pull off the victory over German striker Dennis Siver. Only one writer chose against Penn. Should he get the victory, it will be The Prodigy’s first since his November 2010 knockout of Matt Huges at UFC 123.
All of our staff sided 100% with the Dirty Bird, Tim Means, with no one picking Alex Garcia to take the victory in their welterweight showdown. Newcomer Dominick Reyes was close to a unanimous selection for his UFC debut, with only two fighters choosing opponent Joachim Christensen.
The co-main event of Johny Hendricks vs. Tim Boetsch and main event of Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee split our staff right down the middle this week, with each fighter getting four votes apiece. It should be noted that a number of our writers submitted their picks prior to Hendricks missing weight.
This is a tough one — check back come fight time for event coverage, and to see how we did!