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Predictions for UFC 114

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. "Suga" Rashad Evans is the main event for UFC 114
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. "Suga" Rashad Evans is the main event for UFC 114
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The war of words between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans will finally be settled in the octagon tomorrow night at UFC 114. The winner will earn not only bragging rights, but also a future title fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua. Jackson and Evans were originally scheduled to fight each other last year, but the fight was delayed several times due to Rampage's jaw injury from his fight with Keith Jardine, both fighters coaching a season of The Ultimate Fighter, and Rampage's role in the movie The A Team.

The fight between Rampage and Evans will likely result in a knock out due to the personal animosity involved in this feud. Both fighters have wrestling experience, but Evans is much more likely to utilize takedowns than Rampage. Evans also throws more kicks than Rampage. Rashad's best chance in this fight is to take Rampage down and work some ground and pound. Rampage might lack a little stylistically, but he more than makes up for it  with his raw aggression, especially when there is a personal feud involved in his fights. He knocked out long time rival Wanderlei Silva only three minutes into their fight at UFC 92. Prediction: Rampage wins by knockout in 2nd round.

Michael "The Count" Bisping will fight Dan Miller in the middle weight division. Bisping has always performed well against mid-level competition, but failed to rise to the challenge when he faced serious contenders Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva. Miller is primarily a wrestler and does not pose much of a challenge stylistically to Bisping. Prediction: Bisping wins by decision.

The heavyweight fight between Todd Duffee and Mike Russow could result in the knockout of the night bonus. Duffee knocked out Tim Hague in only seven seconds in his UFC debut at UFC 102. Russow has more experience than Duffee as a fighter, but eight of his twelve wins have come by submission. This fight may not ever make it to the ground, where Russow would have an advantage. Prediction: Duffee wins by first round knockout.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the twin brother of UFC heavyweight contender Antonio Rodrigo Noguira, will fight Jason Brilz in a light heavyweight bout. Brilz is a late replacement for Forrest Griffin, who had to pull out of the fight. Both fighters have similar records. Nogueira is 18-3 in his mma career. Brilz is 18-2-1. However, Nogueira has fought much stiffer competition over his career. The fact that Brilz took this fight on short notice also gives Nogueira an advantage. Prediciton: Nogueira by submission.

Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez will face John Hathaway in the welterweight division. Sanchez's last three fights were at lightweight, including a loss to BJ Penn for the lightweight title. Sanchez will be looking to get the bad taste out of his mouth from that fight. Hathaway is a perfect 12-0 so far in his mma career and should be a solid opponent. If Sanchez is focused and brings his usual aggression then he is likely to find a way to win. Prediction: Sanchez by decision. 

UFC fans in the Huntsville, Alabama area will be able to catch all of the action live at a number of local restaurants and bars. Hooters on University Drive always draws a big crowd for UFC events. The two Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Huntsville, on University Drive and Carl T. Jones, are also great places to watch UFC events. Chips and Salsa on Bailey Cove Road has been advertising on the radio that they will be showing UFC 114 Saturday night. Mickey's, located upstairs from Club Rush in downtown Huntsville, is very spacious and does not have the waiting lines you might find at one of the restaurants.

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