UFC 144 main fight card

Jose Rodriguez, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

TOKYO - It's a seven-fight main card and the title bout could be a classic.

Here are the always-dangerous Scrapyard picks for the top fights.

Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson for lightweight title -- Always hard to bet against Edgar. The guy bounces back like a bad cheque over and over again. PREDICTION: Edgar by decision

Ryan Bader vs. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson -- Fighters on different trajectories. Jackson's best chance will come early in the fight. If Bader can survive the first three minutes, the fight's his. PREDICTION: Bader by decision

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt -- Former training partners and both standup fighters. Kongo likely has more gas. PREDICTION: Kongo by decision

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields: Both fighters need a win to stay relevant. Akiyama will have the hometown advantage and Shields is coming off a KO loss. PREDICTION: Akiyama by second round TKO

Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami -- The new, Team Quest-trained Yushin Okami looks relaxed and ready. PREDICTION: Okami by decision

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski -- Palaszewski is a gamer. Hioki will have his hands full. PREDICTION: Palaszewski by decision.

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis -- Fight of the night contender. Two fast, caution-to-the-wind fighters. Flip a coin on this one. PREDICTION: Lauzon by decision.

-- Jose Rodriguez


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