UFC 100 predictions

JOSE RODRIGUEZ AND NEIL SPRINGER

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

It's the most-hyped UFC event of all-time with a stacked card and more media attention than the first 60 UFCs combined. Here's a double shot of Scrapyard predictions for the historic event:

- Heavyweight champ BROCK LESNAR (3-1) vs. interim champ FRANK MIR (12-3) for the belt unification.

by Jose Rodriguez

In their first outing, Mir played the cat-and-mouse game until he could isolate a leg and grab a heel hook. Lesnar has since learned a lot, beating Heath Herring and winning the belt from Randy Couture. Look for an early explosion of hammer fists from the giant former pro wrestler.

PREDICTION: Lesnar by first-round KO.

by Neil Springer

While some say Mir got lucky in his first fight with Lesnar, I stand firm that Mir was able to stay composed and capitalize on an opportunity. Don't expect Lesnar to make the same mistake again. He'll be patient and focus on position control. If Lesnar can keep his head on straight, he'll put away Mir.

PREDICTION: Lesnar by second-round KO/TKO.

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- Champ GEORGES ST. PIERRE (18-2-0) vs. THIAGO ALVES (16-3-0) for the welterweight belt.

by Jose Rodriguez

GSP has gone through the who's-who of the welterweight class, while Alves only has a couple of big-name wins. But the bulky Brazilian has knockout power. Look for GSP to neutralize Alves' striking in the early rounds, then use his cardio to ride out the fight.

PREDICTION: St. Pierre by decision.

by Neil Springer

Alves is in the best spot to shock the world tonight. He's bigger and a more dangerous striker than GSP. If Alves keeps the fight standing, he could land a knockout blow. But GSP's striking is crisp, his takedown wrestling is superb and his transitioning is deadly.

PREDICTION: St. Pierre by third-round KO/TKO.

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- JON FITCH (18-3-0) vs. PAULO THIAGO (11-0-0)

by Jose Rodriguez

No one can question Fitch's heart or chin following his outing with GSP. Thiago is tough, having knocked out Josh Koscheck, but Fitch will be looking to make a statement and avenge his teammate's loss.

PREDICTION: Fitch by second-round TKO.

by Neil Springer

Fitch is looking for revenge against Thiago for his stoppage of fellow American Top Team member Koscheck. Thiago has heavy hands and is skilled on the ground. Fitch has heart and will show up in great shape.

PREDICTION: Fitch by decision.

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- DAN HENDERSON (24-7-0) vs. MICHAEL BISPING (17-1-0)

by Jose Rodriguez

Bisping has a solid standup game, but has never been tested on the ground. Henderson is strong standing (he's KO'd Wanderlei Silva) and has an Olympic wrestling pedigree. There is no safe place for Bisping here.

PREDICTION: Henderson by second-round TKO.

by Neil Springer

Henderson's usual style of moving forward, throwing huge punches and then shooting for takedowns may work against him. Bisping can keep backtracking and throw jabs.Henderson needs to bait him in, get him down and beat him up.

PREDICTION: Henderson by decision.

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- YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA (12-1-0) vs. ALAN BELCHER (14-5-0)

by Jose Rodriguez

It's judo expert Akiyama's first fight in the UFC after a proven career in DREAM and K-1. Belcher has been susceptible to first-time UFCers. Remember the Jason Day loss?

PREDICTION: Akiyama by second-round submission.

by Neil Springer

Belcher has the edge in the striking department, but Akiyama's no slouch. Expect the two to trade blows early, but Akiyama will get this to the ground and submit Belcher.

PREDICTION: Akiyama by first-round submission.

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- MARK COLEMAN (15-9-0) vs. STEPHAN BONNAR (11-5-0)

by Jose Rodriguez

It's the old vs. the new UFC with Hall of Famer Coleman taking on TUF 1 runner-up Bonnar. Coleman is a powerful slugger, but Bonnar's Brazilian jiu-jitsu should rule the day.

PREDICTION: Bonnar by second-round submission.

by Neil Springer

Bonnar must be very light on his feet and pick his shots. If he overcommits to the attack, he'll get taken down. I see Coleman taking this to the mat and pounding out Bonnar.

PREDICTION: Coleman by second-round KO/TKO.


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