Cormier and KenFlo predictions
Wrestlers never pick against wrestlers. Especially, one they went to college with.
There’s a brotherhood among wrestlers that’s thicker than blood. And, 2x US Olympic freestyle wrestler turned undefeated UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier exhibits that by picking “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz to win against former UFC light-heavyweight champ Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. Did anyone really think Cormier was going to pick against a fellow OSU Cowboy? C’mon!
On October 26th live on FOX Sports 2 in Manchester, England, Machida will make his middleweight debut against Munoz aka the 2001 NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler from Oklahoma State University. The main card is filled with exciting fights like Octagon veteran Melvin Guillard vs. The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson and a big-time tangle between light-heavyweights Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo.
As for Cormier’s FOX Sports correspondent, Kenny Florian chose the enigmatic striker Machida to take the headlining 5 round struggle. Maybe that’s a BJJ blackbelt sticking with another BJJ blackbelt.
It’s an interesting dynamic between Machida and Munoz as a clash of styles, but, more so, the two have trained together in the past. What will those previous training sessions prove these couple years removed while inside the Octagon? Will the striker be able to time the wrestler’s shots better or vice versa? Not to be forgotten, Munoz has knockout power in his hands and Machida is versatile as a submission fighter on the ground.
As for the rest of the card, Cormier and “KenFlo” are in agreement with Pearson, Manuwa, Alessio Sakara over UFC debuting Nicholas Musoke, and #5 ranked flyweight John Lineker over Phil Harris. The lone dispute among these undercard fights is Cormier picking TUF: The Smashes winner Norman Parke, whereas Florian chose the undefeated Guamanian lightweight Jon Tuck.