Someone’s about to get knocked into next week. The real question is, who’s it going to be?

The only way to find out is to set the alarm clock to 12:30 a.m. here on the East Coast when the UFC travels back to Japan for the third time on Saturday, September 20. This trip to the original land of mixed martial arts follows UFC on Fuel TV Silva vs. Stann and UFC 144 where Benson Henderson pick-pocketed Frankie Edgar of his gold.

The two likely victims of a barbarous knockout are of course, heavyweight sluggers, Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson. Two ‘Large and in Charge’ lumberjacks swinging for the hills and gasping for air will show for the card’s main event.

But what about the rest of the card?

The MMA Corner’s Josh Davis and Garrett Derr break down the card in this week’s edition of ‘Davis vs. Derr



Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai

Davis: In a fight that could be one of the most exciting on the card, you just might be surprised with the outcome. While most fans are aware of Miesha Tate, it’s Rin Naki that will be a household name by the end of this fight. While Nakai is a vet, she has never faced an opponent the quality of Tate . . . but who’s to say that she can’t rise to the occasion? I’m looking for the newcomer to pull off the major upset.

Prediction: Nakai by Decision 

Derr: Don’t look now, but Tate has dropped three of her last five bouts. That’s if you grant her that dubious decision win over Liz Carmouche in her latest showing. Keep those eyes closed, because UFC newcomer, Rin Nakai, has yet to drop a bout in 17 professional fights. But in all reality, who has she really exchanged blows with? Here’s to Tate getting off the struggle bus.

Prediction: Tate by Decision



Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah

Davis: Akiyama vs. Sadollah is one of those fights that you look at and think to yourself, what the hell is the UFC thinking? Not every card can be stacked with big name fighters, which means they need filler fights. This fight? Total filler. Akiyama will have crowd support (because at one time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, he was allegedly a star in Asia and they still believe that he can rise to some greatness), and it’s hard to believe that anybody in the arena will even know who Sadollah is, there won’t be any fireworks in this fight. Since I have to pick a winner, I guess I will go with Akiyama for the simple fact that I don’t think Sadollah can finish Akiyama, and I highly doubt that that he will get a decision over Akiyama in Japan.

Prediction: Akiyama by Decision 

Derr: If you struggle to sleep at night, Akiyama vs. Sadollah might just do the trick. Akiyama is solely on the card due to his nationality and Sadollah is on this card, why? Akiyama hasn’t won a fight since Nam’ and Sadollah’s last win was over Jorge Lopez via split decision back in 2012. Who? Maybe I’ll be wrong, but I doubt it. Look for Akiyama to feed off the home crowd and incorporate his judo for a lackluster decision win.

Prediction: Akiyama by Decision



Myles Jury vs. Takanori Gomi 

Davis: At one time, Gomi was one of the most dominant fighters on the planet. Many felt that he was pound for pound the best fighter on the planet. And then Y2K happened and we stepped into a new century. Seriously though, while it hasn’t been that long since Gomi was relevant, he certainly isn’t relevant now. Any fan of the old Pride days (note the term old) will always love Gomi, but really, the sport has passed him by. He is another fighter that is still on the roster because he doesn’t cost much and he is still a big draw in Asia. Jury on the other hand is relevant, 14-0, and has whooped everybody that he has faced. Jury is the young lion that is going into the old lion’s backyard and going to take his pride.

Prediction: Jury by TKO Round 3 

Derr: In a perfect world, Gomi walks in and hurries through Jury en route to a victory in front of his home crowd. The only problem is, we’re living in a world that’s far from perfect. Home crowd or not, Jury has the overall skills and technique to plow through Gomi and the hometown fans. Gomi has never been knocked out, so we’ll see Jury play it smart and choose his shots, as he did with Diego Sanchez at UFC 171.

Prediction: Jury by Decision



Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson 

Davis: Oh, what to say about this fight? At best, the winner will take one step up the ladder, one step closer to big fights, and one teeny, tiny step towards a title shot. More importantly though, this fight is for you, the fans, for me, the media and for everybody that likes two big ass men throwing cinder blocks at each other’s heads, trying to put each other to sleep for the rest of the year. For that, I say thank you to Joe Silva. This is not going to be a technical fight – this is Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson we are talking about – but it will be a great slug fest between fighters that have proven over the years that they always come to fight. They will both be looking for knock outs, and that always makes for excitement. As far as an outcomes goes, this is a toss up I think, but for some reason I think Hunt finds a way to get the victory. And who knows, maybe if he gets a clean knockout Dana White will shave Nelson’s beard before he wakes up.

Prediction: Hunt by KO, Round 2

Derr: Some of you scrolled right through the predictions above, and I don’t blame you. The fight we all really desire is Hunt vs. Nelson. Some of you will flip the tube on, just in time to see one of these heavyweights get dropped like a bad habit. There’s a better chance of Hunt or Nelson dropping over dead than this fight seeing round 5. Don’t get me wrong, this fight will be utterly spectacular. Both men have a chin, but I see Nelson landing more shots and wearing down the New Zealand native around mid-fight.

Prediction: Nelson by KO, Round 3


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