UFC On FX 2 | Strikeforce Rousey vs. Tate: Wrestling Observer Staff Picks & Preview

Put together by Josh Nason

These picks were updated at 8 PM EST with a bonus staff selection. Read on to find out what it was!

With eventful shows Friday and Saturday, this weekend's picks will be that of the mashup variety, putting together the best five fights from Friday's UFC on FX 2 and Saturday's Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate for our Circle of Six to choose from.

Rousey Vs. Tate

The panel:

- Dave Meltzer (24-10): Wrestling Observer founder & writer

- Todd Martin (20-14): Weekly FFD guest & RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Mike Sempervive (22-12): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

- Oliver Copp (25-9) & Mike Sawyer (23-11) of Tough Talk: Show

- Josh Nason (20-14): FFD guest | FIGHT! Magazine | WGAM MMA Show | Bloody Elbow

Bryan Alvarez? Yeah, he skipped.



Martin Kampmann (18-5) vs. Thiago Alves (19-8)

The 29-year-old Kampmann has been a hardcore's favorite, lauded as a technical striker that finds himself on the end of hard luck decisions time after time. The loser of a split decision to Jake Shields and unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez, Kampmann beat Rick Story by decision in November.

Alves has lost three of his last five, but snapped a five fight decision streak with a first round submission of Papy Abedi in November. It's been an odd stretch for the 28-year-old with weight issues. He did make weight but is already touting how heavy he'll be for this fight, which makes you wonder what's going on here.

Kampmann: Copp, Sempervive, Nason
Alves: Meltzer, Sawyer, Martin

Joseph Benavidez (15-2) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6)

The winner of three straight, Benavidez finally gets his chance to shine in his flyweight debut. He's lost just twice in his career: both to Dominick Cruz. The WEC vet is a huge favorite over Urushitani, who makes his UFC debut on a five fight win streak but is also 35 years old.

Benavidez: Copp, Meltzer, Sempervive, Sawyer, Martin, Nason

Demetrious Johnson (14-2) vs. Ian McCall (11-2)

Johnson (14-2) is coming off a decision loss to the aforementioned Cruz and is making his flyweight debut. A winner in four of his last five, the ultra-quick "Mighty Mouse" welcomes "Uncle Creepy" to the UFC, making his debut after becoming a top 125-pound fighter in Tachi Palace Fights. He arrives in Australia a winner of his last four.

Johnson: Copp, Meltzer, Sempervive, Sawyer, Martin
McCall: Nason

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate

Strikeforce 135-pound champion Miesha Tate (12-2) vs. Ronda Rousey (4-0)

The grudge match finally happens as Tate gets her first taste of action since winning the title more than six months ago. She's won six in a row, last submitting Marloes Coenen to win the gold last July. Do you really need me to explain anything more about Rousey? This is an interesting fight from a variety of angles.

In case you missed it, here's our chats with Tate and Rousey.

Copp, Meltzer, Sempervive, Sawyer
Tate: Martin, Nason

Josh Thomson (18-4-0-1) vs. K.J. Noons (11-4)

This is a fun tilt that is essentially a No. 1 contender bout for Strikeforce 155-pound champ Gilbert Melendez. After a year-plus layoff, Thomson returns to action looking for the final fight in his trilogy with Melendez. Noons snapped a two-fight losing streak with a decision win over Billy Evangelista in December.

Thomson: Copp, Meltzer, Sawyer, Martin, Nason
Noons: Sempervive


We hate draws and want to give the Wrestling Observer fans a clean finish, so because of the draw in the McCall/Johnson fight Friday night, I sent out a new pick to the gang Saturday for your pleasure:

Paul Daley (29-11-2) vs. Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2-1)

After two straight losses in Strikeforce, Daley had to go outside the organization to pick up a pair of decision wins. He looks for his 30th career win Saturday and a return to knockout form against the 35-year-old Misaki. He makes his return to Strikeforce for the first time since beating Joe Riggs by TKO back in the fall of 2009. He's won two straight but had two consecutive losses before that by TKO.

Daley: Nason, Copp, Sempervive, Meltzer, Martin, Sawyer

Dave will be providing live play-by-play of both shows on WrestlingObserver.com, starting with the prelims through the main card. He and Bryan will be back Saturday night with new audio wrapping it all up, plus looking ahead at the Ring of Honor iPPV on Sunday.

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