Friday, August 24, 2007

UFC 74 Predictions Roundup: Couture v. Gonzaga

Who do the top journalists in MMA think will win this weekend's UFC matchups? We've aggregated predictions from UFC Junkie, MMA Weekly, Sherdog, MMA Torch, Yahoo! Sports, and SLAM! Sports. I've already predicted my winner of the UFC 74 main event between defending Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and challenger Gabriel Gonzaga in my post, Meet your new UFC Heavyweight Champion, Gabriel Gonzaga! Now see who the experts picked:

UFC 74: Respect
Live from Las Vegas - Saturday, August 25, 2007

Thales Leites (-270) vs. Ryan Jensen (+210)
Sherdog: Leites by 1st round submission
UFC Junkie: Leites by 2nd round submission
MMA Weekly: Leites by 1st round submission
MMA Torch: Leites by 2nd round submission
Yahoo! Sports: Leites by 2nd round submission
WINNER: Leites by 1st round submission
Frank Mir (-170) vs. Antoni Hardonk (+140)
Sherdog: Mir by 1st round submission
UFC Junkie: Mir by 1st round submission
MMA Weekly: Mir by decision
MMA Torch: Mir by 1st round TKO
Yahoo! Sports: Mir by 1st round submission
WINNER: Mir by 1st round submission

Roger Huerta (-450) vs. Alberto Crane (+300)
Sherdog: Huerta by 1st round TKO
UFC Junkie: Huerta by 2nd round TKO
MMA Torch: Huerta by 1st round TKO
SLAM! Sports: Huerta by 1st round TKO
Yahoo! Sports: Huerta by 3rd round TKO
MMA Weekly: Huerta by 2nd round TKO
WINNER: Huerta by 3rd round TKO

Clay Guida (-120) vs. Marcus Aurelio (-110)
Sherdog: Guida by decision
UFC Junkie: Aurelio by 2nd round submission
MMA Weekly: Guida by 2nd round TKO
MMA Torch: Guida by decision
Yahoo! Sports: Aurelio by decision
WINNER: Guida by decision

Renato Sobral (-210) vs. David Heath (+170)
Sherdog: Sobral by 2nd round submission
UFC Junkie: Heath by decision
MMA Weekly: Sobral by decision
MMA Torch: Heath by 3rd round TKO
Yahoo! Sports: Heath by 3rd round TKO
WINNER: Sobral by 2nd round submission

Kendall Grove (-260) vs. Patrick Cote (+200)
Sherdog: Grove by 2nd round submission
UFC Junkie: Grove by decision
MMA Torch: Grove by 1st round TKO
SLAM! Sports: Grove by 2nd round submission
Yahoo! Sports: Grove by 1st round TKO
MMA Weekly: Grove by 2nd round submission
WINNER: Cote by 1st round TKO

Joe Stevenson (-295) vs Kurt Pellegrino (+235)
Sherdog: Stevenson by 2nd round TKO
UFC Junkie: Pellegrino by submission
MMA Torch: Stevenson by 3rd round submission
SLAM! Sports: Stevenson by decision
Yahoo! Sports: Stevenson by 3rd round submission
MMA Weekly: Stevenson by decision
WINNER: Stevenson by decision

Georges St. Pierre (-220) vs. Josh Koscheck (+180)
Sherdog: St. Pierre by decision
UFC Junkie: Koscheck by decision
MMA Torch: St. Pierre by 1st round TKO
SLAM! Sports: St. Pierre by 1st round TKO
Yahoo! Sports: St. Pierre by decision
MMA Weekly: Koscheck by decision
WINNER: St. Pierre by decision

Gabriel Gonzaga (-135) vs. Randy Couture (+105)
Sherdog: Couture by 4th round TKO
UFC Junkie: Gonzaga by 4th round submission
MMA Torch: Gonzaga by 3rd round TKO
SLAM! Sports: Couture by decision
Yahoo! Sports: Couture by decision
MMA Weekly: Gonzaga by 4th round TKO
WINNER: Couture by 3rd round TKO

UPDATE: Predictions Scorecard
Sherdog: 8-1
SLAM! Sports: 4-1*
Yahoo! Sports: 6-3
MMA Torch: 6-3
MMA Weekly: 6-3
UFC Junkie: 3-6
*Only picked main card bouts

Sherdog, SLAM! Sports, and Yahoo! Sports all correctly predicted both main events.

I'll try to keep this post updated as more predictions come in. If you know of other respectable sites that should be listed, please post the predictions URL in the comments section. And finally - who do you think will win?

1 comment:

brandon said...

i can't believe none of these guys picked cote... grove is long and lean, but he is weak in comparison and cote can throw some real bombs.

i'm scared for couture, but man i hope he pulls it out.

my predictions are here:
http://mmasource.fatkidrecords.com/ufc-74-fight-predictions/