UFC 92 predictions

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

It's a stacked card with a good chance for more knockouts than tapouts. Here are the Scrapyard predictions for the televised portion of UFC 92:

- Champ Forrest Griffin vs. "Sugar" Rashad Evans for the light-heavyweight title. Evans continues to surprise and remains undefeated. Griffin is coming off an unforeseen title win over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Look for a tentative start as both fighters find their range. After those 30 seconds are up, Griffin should take control with calculated striking and take-down defence.

PREDICTION: Griffin by third-round TKO.

- Champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir for the interim heavyweight title. Should be a ground war. Mir is a submission expert, while Nogueira is perhaps the UFC's best jiu-jitsu practitioner. Winner gets a shot at Brock Lesnar to unify the belt. Nogueira's ability to take a beating and find a limb should prevail.

PREDICTION: Nogueira by fourth-round submission.

- C.B. Dollaway vs. Mike Massenzio. A battle of opposites. Massenzio has six of his 11 wins by submission, while four of Dollaway's seven victories have come by TKO. Edge goes to the former TUF contestant, Dollaway, who has tougher fights on his resume.

PREDICTION: Dollaway by second-round TKO.

- Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva. A light-heavyweight, top-contender match with the winner all but assured a shot at the belt. They've fought twice before, with Silva destroying Jackson both times. Nothing different tonight. Silva showed his aggression and power against Keith Jardine. With the bad blood between these two, there's no sign of a tamer Silva answering the bell. Look for this to be the KO of the night.

PREDICTION: Silva by first-round TKO.

- Mustafa Al-Turk vs. Cheick Kongo. Al-Turk, a former Cage Rage champ, will have his hands full with Kongo. Both like to stand and trade, but the advantage on the feet goes to Kongo. Al-Turk is a jiu-jitsu ace and Kongo has looked lost on the ground in the past. But Al-Turk will have to get the big Frenchman to the ground to expose that weakness.

PREDICTION: Kongo by second-round TKO.


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