I want to emphasize that if Dennis Miller, George Carlin and Greg Giraldo had a sarcasm stew, it couldn't match the level of the "Excited?!?" in the headline.
Predictably, Dana White knows that this season of the Ultimate Fighter needed a lead-in event, but already had enough publicity going that he didn't have to put too many of his big chips into this one for it to draw. Just a quick explanation, for anyone who needed such.
I do think, however, that we're going to see very few decisions. In fact, I picked NONE. Lots of guys who like to finish, by ground or by hands, and a lot of guys that are, well, just not so talented as their opponent. Few will have look as overmatched since Jake Delhomme last sunday.
Onto the picks:
Main Event: Nate Diaz v. Melvin Guillard
Winner: Nate Diaz Submission (Choke)
Gray Maynard v. Roger Huerta
Winner: Roger Huerta Technical Knock Out
Nate Quarry v. Tim Credeur
Winner: Nate Quarry Technical Knock Out
Steve Cantwell v. Brian Stann
Winner: Steve Cantwell Technical Knock Out
Chris Wilson v. Mike Pyle
Winner: Mike Pyle Submission (Choke)
Jeremy Stephens v. Justin Buchholz
Winner: Jeremy Stephens Technical Knock Out
Ryan Jensen v. Steve Steinbeiss
Winner: Ryan Jensen Technical Knock Out
Brock Larson v. Mike Pierce
Winner: Brock Larson Submission (Choke)
Carlos Condit v. Jake Ellenberger
Winner: Carlos Condit Submission (Choke)
CB Dollaway v. Jay Silva
Winner: Jay Silva Technical Knock Out
Silva and Huerta are Vegas underdogs. I think C.B. Dollaway is still a talent, and might end up being a decent contender in another year or two, but Silva has legitimate knockout power, and I say he surprised Dollaway. This may be Huerta's last go in the UFC before his quest for red carpet stardom, but I don't see Maynard going the distance before he ends it. So far in 2009, my record stands at 8 0-39 (67%), so this event could be boom or bust in trying to improve my target of 70%. I like Cantwell vs. Stann III to provide excitement, and I still believe Carlos Condit is a great fighter to watch, but I doubt we see him on TV tonight. Enjoy your slice of excitement tonight, pun intended.