The Fighter and The Kid pick UFC 188 winners

BY Elias Cepeda • June 12, 2015

Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen gave their analysis and picks for Saturday's top-three UFC 188 fights on the latest episode of The Fighter and The Kid podcast, in between interruptions from Hulk Hogan (we won't spoil it -- listen, find out, and enjoy). In the night's featured middleweight bout, longtime training partner and friend of Brendan's, Nate Marquardt takes on TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum.

"I'd never pick against Nate," Brendan said.

"Nate is one of my closest training partners of all time. He's like a brother to me. I haven't talked to him in awhile but it would be great to see Nate get a win. People have to remember that this is Nate's first time back with Trevor Whitman...and he also spent most of his time at AKA, which isn't too shabby, either...I like Nate, I don't know Kelvin, so I pick Nate."

UFC 188 has a huge main event between heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, but "The Hybrid" believes that the co-main event between Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez is going to be the best fight of the night. "This is your fight of the night, 100 percent, and I take Gilbert Melendez," he said.

"Eddie Alvarez has looked like sh-- since he came to the UFC, and I'm an Eddie fan, but these guys get all this hype outside the UFC...because he's beating all these B-list, C-list fighters outside the UFC. When you get to the UFC, man, it's a different level."

As for the big boys, Schaub can't help but go for change and the underdog, in Fabricio Werdum. "I don't know how Werdum is going to do it, but I think Werdum is going to get the win by submission," he predicted.

"Cain hasn't fought for 602 days. It's called ring rust. He's been hurt. Not only has he been hurt, he's had surgeries, so you're not back in the gym training. You're rehabbing just to get back to normal. You're never going to get back to normal, it doesn't work like that."

Though it will be a difficult task, should Werdum managed to submit Velasquez, Schaub maintained that the Brazilian would have to be considered one of the best heavyweights of all time. "Werdum isn't just a guy you press against the cage and beat up. His jiu-jitsu is the best in the world, he can jump to half guard and do work from there. And, you're batshit crazy if you don't think Werdum can submit Cain," he began.

"He goes down as one or two of the greatest heavyweights of all time, if he submits Cain."

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