UFC 139: The Wrestling Observer | Figure Four Online MMA Staff Picks



UFC 139Compiled by Josh Nason

Four events in four weeks...we did it, everyone! It's UFC 139 Saturday in the hometown of "Big" Dave Meltzer, the Sharks and a famous song about getting directions to the city...it's San Jose, California!

PRIDE is on the line in the main event, a California kid looks to earn yet another title shot and an action star faces a guy who might be able to play a henchman in an action movie.

Here are the staff making their picks with win/loss totals to date. Also, Mike Sawyer was left out of the results of UFC on Fox and he went 4-1!

- Mike Sempervive (32-13): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare w/Adam

- Todd Martin: (34-11): weekly FFD guest | WWE RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Dave Meltzer (16-4): Wrestling Observer founder & writer | Yahoo MMA scribe

- Bryan Alvarez (12-8): Figure Four Online founder & writer | Loch Ness Monster appreciator

- Oliver Copp (24-21) and Mike Sawyer (27-18) of Tough Talk: Site | Show

- Yours truly (29-16): frequent FFD guest | FIGHT! Magazine | WGAM MMA Show

Make like Joe Thornton and get on the ice...it's picks time!

Dan Henderson (28-8) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-5)

Perhaps it's the sheer amount of events or old age, but I had to be reminded that Rua's last fight was a KO of Forrest Griffin, not his UFC title loss to Jon Jones. Henderson has been knocking guys out left and right. It's a battle from the PRIDE days. Former champs. You know the deal.

Hendo: Nason, Sawyer, Copp, Sempervive
Shogun: Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin

Split decision here with four of seven going with the H-Bomb.

Wanderlei Silva (33-11-1-1) vs. Cung Le (7-1)

In the last six years, Silva has lost six of his last nine fights and is just 2-4 in his UFC stint. This will be Le's fourth fight in the last four years and he's been off since knocking out Scott Smith in June 2010. The combined age in this fight is 73 years old.

Silva: Martin, Sempervive
Le: Nason, Alvarez, Meltzer, Sawyer, Copp

Five of seven believe the reign of the "Axe Murderer" comes to an end Saturday night.

Urijah Faber (25-5) vs. Brian Bowles (10-1)

In the battle of the "California Kid" vs. Mark Wahlberg's stunt double, the winner is next in line to battle current 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz. After losing his title to Cruz in March 2010, he's won two in a row while Faber lost to Cruz in a much-ballyhooed rematch in July.

Funny side note: despite the fight being featured in the UFC's "Boom" hype promo for having punching power, the two have combined for just ten knockouts in 35 career wins (29%).

Faber: Nason, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin, Sawyer, Sempervive
Bowles: Copp

No surprise here. Faber is the known commodity while Bowles is talented, but what do we really know about him?

Martin Kampmann (17-5) vs. Rick Story (13-4)

Kampmann has been the ultimate tough-luck loser in his last two, dropping a split decision to Jake Shields last October and a unanimous decision loss to Diego Sanchez in March. Did you know he's been in the UFC since August 2006? Story was on the cusp of title consideration after six straight wins, but a decision loss to late injury sub Charlie Brenneman in June derailed that a bit.

Kampmann: Sawyer, Copp, Sempervive
Story: Nason, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin

Another split. Should be a very even and good fight.

Stephan Bonnar (13-7) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (11-2-0-1)

Figure Four Daily guest Bonnar is in the midst of a resurgence after three straight losses with consecutive victories of Krzysztof Soszysnki and Igor Pokrajac. After a loss in his UFC debut nearly three years ago, Double-K has four straight wins going into Saturday and has gone to decisions in five of his last seven fights.

Bonnar: Nason, Martin, Sawyer, Copp
Kingsbury: Alvarez, Meltzer, Sempervive

Same as above. Overall, I think these picks show this is a very good card on paper with some real pick 'em fights. Can't wait!

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