UFC Fight Night 25: The Figure Four Online MMA Staff Picks



Compiled by "Blackjack" Josh NasonUFC Fight Night 25: Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger

Hot damn! It's picks time again as the UFC returns to Spike TV Saturday with an event headlined by a former Strikeforce/EliteXC titleholder vs. "The Juggernaut".

Some of the top MMA personalities on Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online submit their picks for UFC and Strikeforce events, putting their knowledge on display for you dear readers.

Our esteemed panel:

- Oliver Copp and Mike Sawyer: Tough Talk | Site

- Mike Sempervive: Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

- Todd Martin: weekly FFD guest | WWE RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Yours truly: frequent guest on FFD | FIGHT! Magazine | WGAM MMA Show

Here...we...go!

Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger

In a battle of the JAKES, Shields (26-5-1) takes on Ellenberger. The story here is Shields as this is his first fight since losing to Georges St. Pierre in April and his first without having his late father, Jack, in his corner. Ellenberger (24-5) has won four in a row and despite a 'rasslin background, four of his last five wins have come via T/KO.

Shields: Copp, Sempervive, Sawyer | Ellenberger: Martin, Nason

The Tough Talk crew and Semp are going with the favorite while Todd and I think a slight upset is in the making.

Court "Bauer" McGee vs. Dongi Yang

The TUF 11 winner looks for his second Octagon win and his eighth in a row while Yang (10-1) has a 1-1 UFC record.

Yang: Copp | McGee: Martin, Sempervive, Nason, Sawyer

We are the yin to Oliver's Yang. Wocka wocka!

Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch

The TUF 12 winner (12-3) has been on the shelf since dispatching Michael Johnson last December while Koch (12-1) is gunning for his fourth straight win.

Brookins: Copp | Koch: Martin, Sempervive, Nason, Sawyer

Like the pick before, Oliver stands alone.

Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald

Belcher (16-6) is making his return after a 16-month layoff while MacDonald (25-14) is coming off a submission win over Ryan Jensen at April's UFC 129.

Belcher: Copp, Martin, Sempervive, Nason, Sawyer

A clean sweep for the biggest Johnny Cash fan in the UFC.

Evan Dunham vs. Shamar Bailey

This is a bonus pick of a Facebook fight. The former hot prospect Dunham (11-2) has lost two in a row and will look to rebound against TUF 13 competitor Bailey (12-3) ,who decisioned Ryan McGillivray in his June UFC debut.

Dunham: Copp, Martin, Sempervive, Nason, Sawyer

No one likes Bailey. No one!

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