UFC 99 will be the first ever UFC event to be held in Germany, and will be featuring a couple fights with Germany's hometown talent on the undercard. On that note, I will only be making my predictions for the main card, as it is too difficult to find sufficient information on many undercard fighters to make a good prediction.
Starting at the bottom of the undercard we have :
Mostapha Al-Turk vs Mirko Filipovic
Hopefully this fight doesn't end up as onesided as it could be. Here we have Al-Turk, a 6-4 fighter who's 0-1 in the UFC after being demolished by Cheick Kongo fighting CroCop. CroCop is 2-0-1 after his rough stint in the ufc and at 24-6 with 2 no contests and a draw, he's been in the ring/Octagon with everyone from Fedor the king of MMA to Josh Barnett to W.Silva. Cro Cop has better wrestling, and his deadly head kicks are gonna finish of Al-Turk quickly. I'm giving CroCop a 2nd round TKO win.
Spencer Fisher vs Caul Uno
I personally have never thought all too highly of Uno, whereas Fisher is a warrior who brings his A game every fight. Fisher has been fighting really well lately against some top opponents whereas Uno has been struggling a bit against the some of the weaker Japanese opponents, albeit he is still picking up the wins. I'm going with my gut on this won, and I see Fisher getting the Unanimous decision on this one.
Marcus Davis vs Dan Hardy
Mark my words, this one is going to be a doozy. Whether it's the war of the words before the fight, the fact that both these boys like to go in and swing to the fences or that Hardy has been training with Freddie Roach in preparation for the fight, this here is going to be the fight of the night. I have to say Davis winning it, because he is the more well rounded, experienced fighter, but in fights like this where both have the insane knockout power that they do, it could go either way. On that note, Davis via KO 2nd round.
Mike Swick vs Ben Saunders
Another great fight here, with Ben Saunders coming off that unbelievable beating of Brandon Wolff, a former Navy Seal and Swick coming off his 33 second KO of Goulet. I'm really looking forward to seeing how unbeaten Saunders fares against a fighter of Swicks level. I'm really on the fence on this one because my brain is saying Saunders but my heart is saying Swick. Swick has surprised me so many times before, against Marcus Davis, Joe Riggs, and Louseau but Saunders looked unbelievable in his last fight, and he hasn't been beaten yet. I'm going to go out on a limb and pick Swick to take this one via Split Decision.
Cheick Kongo vs Cain Velasquez
Interesting fight, and again another difficult one to pick. Cheick is a beast, no matter how you look at it. He has dismantled his last 3 opponents and the guy has seen everything. Thrown in the fact that Dana White said that if he wins this fight he's getting a title shot and you have a motivated monster. But then there's Cain. Cain has only fought 5 times. And he's won 5 times. All by TKO. All against people who can hit hard. And the longest fight lasted ... 8 minutes. But he's never been tested by someone like Kongo. But I think Cain matches up well against Kongo, because although Kongo hits really hard, he has only submitted one of his opponents, and after watching Cain's fights, thats the only way I see him loosing. So I'm picking the inexperienced underdog, Cain to take this one, via 1st round TKO.
ANNDD NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT
Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva
I pick Franklin. Straight up. On paper, and in my heart Franklin should win this althought in MMA, with someone who hits like Silva anything can happen. But Franklin is the bigger, stronger fighter who unlike Mr. Silva ... is STILL IN HIS PRIME. Really though, Silva has lost 4 of his last five and other then the 36 second knockout of Jardine, hasn't won in 3 years. His last fights have shown that he's prone to being knocked out, loosing 3 of those 4 by knockout and Rich loves to hit hard, winning more then half his fights by knockout (13. Not only that but if Rich is having trouble with Silva's hands, he is much more capable on the ground then Silva, scoring 9 submission wins in his career. Silva WAS good, back in the Pride days. But those days are over, now he's in the UFC, fighting young, strong fighters who are quicker, and simply better fighters then some of the original Pride fighters ( not all ). Anyways, Franklin by 2nd round TKO.