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In what is becoming our regular feature we pit an avid UFC fan in the form of FIGHTNUB.com’s fan-boy Dave against a UFC pro in the form of Dave Jackson, Wolfslair Thai coach and instructor to Rampage Jackson, Mike Bisping, Cheik Kongo, and Paul Kelly. Dave Jackson was also assistant coach on The Ultimate Fighter 9 for team UK.

For UFC 99 it was a straight win for the pro with Dave Jackson getting all predictions spot on. Our Dave here at FIGHTNUB is looking to bounce back with a UFC 100 win over Dave Jackson the pro.

So here they are the FIGHTNUB.com UFC 100 predictions from Dave and Dave



Lesnar vs Mir

While Lesnar is undeniably one huge, powerful wrestling machine, his striking is still cumbersome and lacks the technique required for a clean knockout. Mir showed greatly improved stand-up against Nogueira in his last outing but there is little doubt that this one will end on the ground. I can’t get past the thought that 16 months submission defence training isn’t enough against one of the best heavyweight BJJ practitioners in the world. Once again submissions will be Lesnar’s Achilles heel-hook. I think Lesnar takes it this time. Last time he got caught on the ground by Mir but I think he will possibly look to keep it standing where he will be too big and powerful and win by tko rnd 1
Mir by submission. Lesnar TKO Rd 1

St-Pierre Vs Alves

The one question I have about St-Pierre is his chin. He hasn’t been hit much but when he has, he’s been hurt (Serra I). If this is a problem it will show here. Not only does Alves pack the power, his shots are often unpredictable and fast. St-Pierre however, is a master strategist with arguably the best wrestling in MMA. Even-ish on the feet, GSP with the edge on the ground, skill-wise, but Alves with the strength. This is a coin-flip for me. GSP is extremely fit and his wrestling wins this for me but it could be a lot closer than people expect so I am going for GSP on points
St-Pierre – close points decision GSP Points

Bisping vs Henderson

Bisping has proven that he can handle those annoying wrestling types in the best possible way – by just getting up. While he managed this with relative ease against Evans and Hamill they did not look to ‘ground and pound’ as soon as they hit the canvas as Henderson will and Mike won’t find it so easy. I’d have to give Bisping the edge in the stand up with great mobility, variety and Henderson’s lifelong habit of looking at the canvas while throwing his looping shots is tailor made for Bisping’s knees. I can’t see Henderson stopping Bisping but, and I hate to say this, I think the points will go in his favour with the judges with Mike not having the stopping power in his shots and, as we have seen before, over valuing the take-down. Although I am obviously biased I genuinely believe this is Mike’s fight for the taking. I see Mike’s cardio playing a big part in the fight and Hendo slowing down after round one as he did in his last fight. Although Hendo is a great wrestler I still can’t see him dominating Mike with it and Bisping’s stand up will be too slick and fast. I predict Mike on UD points or by rnd 3 stoppage.
Henderson Points Bisping UD/Rd 3 Stoppage

Fitch vs Thiago

I find it difficult to give a victory to someone I have seen only three minutes of, against an opponent that is well rounded and has gone the distance with GSP (yes, I know Koscheck did too). Thiago, on paper, has a good pedigree in BJJ but will he handle the rough stuff that Fitch will put on him – we’ll see. Hard fight for Thiago so i say early stoppage to Fitch but I could get this wrong if Thiago pulls off another upset like he did against Koscheck
Fitch TKO Fitch Stoppage

Akiyama vs Belcher

Akiyama is a well touted, big, strong Judo guy with knockout power that has fought all but one of his fights in Japan, which as we have seen before doesn’t necessarily mean a lot when they take their first step into the octagon. Denis Kang found that out against Alan Belcher at UFC 93 and Akiyama will have the same test. On paper though Akiyama, ranked 9th in the world by MMA Weekly, should win and judging by what I have seen on YouTube, I’m going with the paper. I see this as an easy submission victory for Akiyama in round 1 or 2 as I doubt that Belcher can keep this standing

Akiyama TKO

Akiyama Submssion

Dave Jackson is Muay Thai coach at the Wolfslair MMA Academy in the UK and coach to UFC stars Quinton Rampage Jackson, Mike Bisping, Cheik Kongo and Paul Kelly. Dave is one of the foremost experts in Muay Thai in Europe having started his Muay Thai career under the world famous Master Toddy. Dave is available for seminars and private lessons. Dave can be contacted via the Wolfslair MMA academy

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