School is almost out and seeing yearbooks in hand has brought back memories of the back of the yearbook awards for “Most likely to… (Fill in the blank)”. As goofy and typically completely wrong, they are still proclaiming “who is most likely to succeed” in yearbook everywhere.
With Mixed Martial Arts becoming more and more a part of the mainstream, it’s about time they get recognized with their own goofy and potentially completely wrong “Most likely” awards. Each fight will get its own award followed by the reason they deserve that award, so sit back and enjoy.
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum Fight Awards:
Most likely to create a BUZZ – Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
No matter how this fight plays out inside the cage on Saturday Night, social networks will be buzzing following the fight. Should Overeem avenge his loss to Werdun, talk will be of Overeem’s continued dominance and when will he be in the UFC. If Werdum makes it back to back wins over Fedor and Overeem, the buzz will be twice a loud as it was after submitting Fedor.
Most likely to disappoint – Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers
Ring rust, Wrestler vs. Striker and drug tests are just a few reasons why this fight has a high potential to disappoint. Both fighters have been out of action longer then normal as Barnett last fought 11 months ago, while Rogers fought 8 months ago. Barnett is going to look to avoid the big punch of Rogers and take the fight to the ground, where he has the superior skills. We could be in for a grinding 15 minutes that is sure to put a frown on faces everywhere. Do I even need to explain the drug test part?
Most likely to go the distance – Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox
Wilcox wins 73% of the time by decision and when Cavalcante losses a fight it’s 100% of the time by decision. Wilcox is on a six fight winning streak, while Cavalcante has lost 3 of his last 4. It all points to Jimmy Lennon Jr. reading the judges score cards.
Most likely to have an upset – Daniel Cormier vs. Jeff Monson
Cormier comes into the fight as the betting favorite but Monson will easily be the biggest test for the former Olympic wrestler. Monson is regarded as one of the best submission fighters in MMA, winning 62% of the time via submission. The wrestler in Cormier will look to take the fight to the ground, which will be exactly where Monson wants it.
Most likely to end in the first round – Chad Griggs vs. Valentijn Overeem
These two have a combined 65 MMA fights, yet have only seen the judge’s scorecards twice (both by Overeem). Furthermore 89.2% (58 times) of their fights have ended in the first round; this one will be over quickly.
Most likely to be “Fight of the Night” – Jorge Masvidal vs. K.J. Noons
Both fighters have a boxing background and have only one submission victory between the two. This fight is going to be a stand up fight and someone is either going to get knocked out or it will be 15 minutes of back and forth action.
Luckily you only have to wait until Saturday night and not several years to see if these awards come true or not. Oh and don’t for get to sign my yearbook………..