The UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami card goes down today in Oberhausen, Germany, and airs via same day tape delay at 9 PM EST on Spike tonight in the states. That means watch out for the ESPN sports ticker or Twitter if you do not want to be spoiled.
I’m up against it here, ye ole 9-5 awaits, so here are my super quick picks.
• Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami (Middleweight #1 Contender Bout)
Neither of these guys can beat Chael Sonnen but they can beat just about everybody else in the Middleweight division. With Chael on the shelf for a year due to juicing it looks like Nate Marquardt regains Number #1 status at 185. This gives the High Altitude fighter his first shot at he title in 3 years against the winner of Silva vs. Belfort in February. Marquardt by TKO.
• Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
When in Rome. Wait that doesn’t make any sense. Both fighters are riding high coming in on 3 fight win streaks earning themselves Co- Main Event status on a big card. Expect big things from the veteran Alessio in 2011. Sakara by KO
• Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner
The German takes with home octagon advantage. Siver by decision.
• Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta
Sadollah sends Sobotta packing with his 3rd straight loss under the bright lights. Sadollah by submission.
• Krzystof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic
They usually keep Soszynski in some sort of experimental chamber in Poland leading up to his fights so expect an even newer, fresher version of *The Polish Experiment* at UFC 122. Soszynski by Vulgar Display of Polish Power.
WEC 52: 8-3
Prelim picks after the break
This one is a toss up. Kimmons by submission
• Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexandre Ferreira
At 39 *The Janitor* is still a beast and should welcome Ferreira into the UFC with a hearty beating. Matyushenko by decision.
That concludes the Pick EM for this event. Here are the remaining fights featured on the UFC 122 Prelim Card.
• Pascal Krauss vs. Mark Scanlon
• Duane Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak
• Seth Petruzelli vs. Karlos Vemola
• Kris McCray vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
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