Mixed Martial Arts Community Makes Super Bowl Predictions
It’s that time of the year again….no not Christmas. This Sunday the National Football League will host its official last game of the season; the Super Bowl.
On the biggest stage of them all, in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the New York Giants will once again take on the New England Patriots. The Giants won their first outing in 2008 by a score of 17-14.
Midway through this year’s season the Giants were a long-shot from even being considered to be in the big game, but the Pats were always considered a heavy favorite among other teams like the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. The Giants miraculously eliminated both the Packers and the Niners to claim the NFC championship.
The night before the giant rematch takes place, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold their somewhat annual Super Saturday card headlined by an interim welterweight title bout between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. This should make for an exciting weekend in sports.
So how exactly do mixed martial artists see this one breaking down? Will the Patriots earn their revenge and beat down the Giants, or will the Giants go 2-0 against the Pats?
Over the past week I had the opportunity to interview a laundry list of who is who in mixed martial arts and get their Super Bowl predictions. You might actually be surprised by some of their responses.
Some pulled for the Patriots, some for the Giants, but some actually had no idea who is even playing.
UFC President Dana White has made his prediction known via his UFC 143 video blog this week. White went with the New England Patriots. After all he is from Boston.
Gilbert Melendez: “Raiders 2013” (Apparently the Strikeforce Lightweight champion does not care for either team playing in this year’s big game).
Clay Guida: “Giants will win.”
Jim Miller: “I am rooting for the Giants since they are the home team.”
Tim “the Maine-iac” Sylvia: “Pats all the way baby.”
Frank Trigg: - “I’m not sure, who are you picking?”
Brendan Schaub: “The more I think about it I'm leaning towards the Giants, but I originally picked NE.”
Note: Schaub is a former professional football player for the AFL's Utah Blaze and was a member of the Buffalo Bills practice squad.
Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman: "Since I'm a recent North Jersey import, I'll be pulling for the Giants. I'm also a friend of Giants punter Steve Weatherford, so I'm picking Giants to win via awesome punting by Weatherford! I also had a Giants Starter jacket as a kid, so it only makes sense."
James McSweeney: “I think the Giants, Mate.”
John “DoomsDay” Howard: “Pats all the way!!!”
Din Thomas: “Who’s in it?” (I then filled the lightweight fighter in and he responded with)” I prefer Pats cheesesteaks over Ginos in Philly. So I’ll go with the Pats over the Giants.”
Kim Couture: “Patriots, easy money!”
Erik “Newbreed” Koch: “I'm going Pats. Never liked the Giants and they beat my Niners.”
Ryan Couture: “I watched too few games to predict but will be rooting for the Pats so Jimmy Jones doesn’t get his panties in a wad.”
Jimmy “Rabbit” Jones: “Go Pats”
Tara La Rosa: “Who is Playing?”
Eddie Wineland: “I don't watch any kind of sports. I don't even know who is playing. Woops! =)”
Nick “The Jersey Devil” Catone: “Giants are taking it 31-24!!”
Aaron Simpson: “I predict an east coast win.” (As if that narrows it down, haha). “I'm thinking Patriots,” Simpson later said.
Seth Petruzelli: “I don't watch football but I like the Giants!”
Chris Birchler: “Obviously I am rooting for the Giants. If you are rooting for the patriots then you should leave the state.”
Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella: “Giants baby. Their "D" is gonna win the game for them!”
Mike Constantino: “The Giants will win because they are a better overall team. The D Line’s pass rush will get to Brady.”
Rich Patishnock: “Since Pittsburgh’s not in it I have to go with the Giants.”
Fighters/promoter(s) who picked the New England Patriots: 9
Fighters who picked the New York Giants: 11
Fighters who were undecided, had no clue who was playing or picked a team that is not even scheduled to compete: 4
Now for my predictions on the three headlining fights on the main card of UFC 143 and Super Bowl XLVI:
Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce is an extremely tough fight to call. Pierce is not relatively well known however if you take a look at his record his only losses have come via way of decision and they were to some of the top guys in the sport, Mark Munoz, Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks. With that being said I still like Koscheck in this fight. While I’m not a fan of his, I still see him being able to apply pressure to Pierce and score a TKO win. Koscheck has shown improved stand-up over the years and has evolved from primarily a wrestler to a complete mixed martial artist who competed for a title against arguably the best in the sport, Georges St. Pierre.
Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum is another tough bout but I see an easy victory for Werdum. Take nothing away from Nelson, he is a great fighter, great with submissions and stood toe-to-toe with Junior dos Santos and many other great heavyweights in the sport, but we are talking about facing the man who first submitted Fedor Emelianenko. We have not seen Werdum compete in the UFC since UFC 90 but he is back and I think he will be a force once again the heavyweight division.
In the main event, Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit I have to go with the guy I’ve been following as a fan for the eight years. Ever since his fight with Robbie Lawler at UFC 47, Diaz has been on my radar. He’s had his ups and downs in the sport but one thing that remained consistent is his competitiveness and his desire to win. Condit is a very tough opponent but I see Diaz submitting Condit in the fourth round of this five round affair.
And now for Super Bowl XLVI……I have to go with my team the New York Giants. I have been a fan since I was tyke and as a former New Yorker I would be letting all my friends and family down if I chose otherwise. New York Giants 28-24.