That’s 5’11”, Pat Barry getting ready to slam 6’11”, Stefan Struve, in just one of the four exciting bouts that were live last night on UFC on Versus 6. Let’s take a look at the fights and my predictions.
- Matt Wiman (13-6) vs. Mac Danzig (20-8-1) This was a war earning fight of the night honors and an additional $65,000 for each fighter. Both men were there to win and neither wanted to take a step backward. At different times it seemed that either man could end it.
Prediction: Wiman via decision.
Result: Wiman via decision making me 1-0 for the night.
- Anthony Johnson (9-3) vs. Charlie Brenneman (14-2)
Prediction: Johnson via decision.
Result: Johnson won and earned KO of the night [and the extra $65,000 that went with the honor] when the ref stopped the fight after a solid head kick knocked Brenneman to the mat. There is no doubt that Brenneman was in trouble and had been wobbled by punches earlier, but when he landed on the mat, he was already part way up [and never out] when the ref signaled the end to the fight. Still, the result made me 2-0 for the night.
- Pat Barry (6-3) vs. Stefan Struve (21-5) The tallest fighter in the UFC [Struve at 7 feet] took on one of the UFC’s shortest heavyweights [Barry at 5’11”] and it must have been difficult for each to get their range, because it was slow going at first. When they finally did start to land, it looked like Barry was going to be able to wade in a land a KO punch. Barry wobbled Struve and that’s when Struve took things to the mat. After a failed guillotine, Struve smoothly transitioned to a triangle choke. Barry lifted the Struve high above his head and slammed the giant to the canvas. Struve was able to hold on to the choke, and the slam simply made it tighter forcing Barry to tap.
Prediction: Barry wins by KO.
Result: Struve wins by submission making me 2-1 for the night.
- Dominick Cruz (18-1) vs Demetrious Johnson (10-1) What a battle! Cruz was forced to change his game plan in order to retain his title because Johnson was faster and better conditioned. The final judges scores indicate a lopsided win for Cruz and although he did win every round in my opinion, Johnson was always in it. At one point Johnson got out of a deep choke and back to his feet and immediately went on the attack again. Johnson is a fighter and at some point will get another chance at the title.
Prediction: Cruz wins by decision.
Result: Cruz won by decision making me 3-1 for the night.