I missed last week’s UFC event, so I’m going to need to make two picks this week to make up for it. Basically if you don’t know what this post is all about, I’ll briefly fill you in. I can only select one fighter to be my lock of the week and that said fighter, can only be selected once this year (2016). I earn 1 point for a correct pick, however a wrong pick will reset me back to 0. I can add an additional 1 point to my total by picking an upset right, which does not reset my total if it’s wrong (That’s to make me look better). I will tweak this as we go!
Streak: 1 (Lock of the Day) + 0 (Upset of the Day) = 1
Lock of the Day: Tom Breese
Note: Breese looks like he’s going to be a future contender and I think after this fight, he’s going to start getting matched up with someone with more recognition. This is obviously a safe bet, but I think’s it better to take him now than to be brave when he fights someone of his skill level.
Lock of the Day: Rustam Khabilov
Note: Khabilov was once regarded as a potential contender in the lightweight division, with obvious potential for greatness. That since has been shed, as he dropped to two straight fights. One against against the former champion Benson Henderson and then the other was a lackluster performance against Adriano Martins. I think it’s obvious that Khabilov has his back against the wall and I think with less expectations on him, he’s about to turn it back around. Parke has never impressed me, although I credit him for being well rounded. However, he’s never shown anything special in terms of power or submission prowess. It’s always volume and grinding en route to win, which hasn’t worked when he matched up against the mid tier fighters of the division. It won’t work here either, as I think Khabilov comes out with the fire in his eyes and takes this via a dominant decision.
Upset of the Day: Martin Svensson
Note: I’m not a fan of any of the underdogs this fight card, as I think most of the favorites have a clear advantage on their opponents. This one however, I know very little of Svensson and nothing about his opponent. Svensson has much more experience, as he’s amassed a 14-5 record. His opponent David Teymur has a 3-1 record and is apparently the favorite. I don’t think that’s quite enough fights to really have faith in someone, so I’m going to side with the guy who’s been in the cage longer and has had success…