Tomorrow night SpikeTV presents UFC Fight Night 14 starting at 9pm EST. There are some interesting match-ups. Let's take a look at four of them.
- Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin: This is one of the co-main events. Silva who is the UFC middleweight champion [and has totally dominated his division] moves up in weight to meet James Irvin. Silva is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter today. He's 6-0 since entering the UFC and 21-4 over all. Irvin comes in with a 14-4 record [4-3 in the UFC]. Most folks are predicting Silva to dominate Irvin. Truth be told, Irvin probably has just a puncher's chance. I really like both of these fighters and will hate to see either lose. Smart money goes on Silva.
- Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy: Vera is coming off a two fight losing streak. Not so impressive for a fighter who claimed he was going to be the first to hold both the heavy and light heavyweight titles at the same time. Andy is making his UFC debut at the age of 35. Vera is coming down in weight so that could effect his performance. This is Andy's first UFC fight so he could be tight under the big lights for the first time. Vera is 8-2 and Andy is 7-1 [and on a 4 fight win streak]. Andy has a strong wrestling background. This is a tough one to call, but I'm leaning toward Vera.
- Frankie Edgar vs. Hermes Franca: Edgar comes in with an 8-1 record to face Franca at 18-6. Both men lost their last fights by decisions [Edgar to Gray Maynard and Franca to Sean Sherk]. Franca has impressed me in earlier fights so I'm giving him the nod.
- C.B. Dollaway vs. Jesse Taylor: Both of these guys were on this season's Ultimate Fighter, but Jesse's behavior got him booted. Dollaway went on to lose in the semi-finals and then was brought back and beaten in the finals. The surprising part was that Dollaway was one of the favorites to win the whole thing. Both Dollaway and Taylor have strong college wrestling backgrounds and in fact faced each other twice, with Dollaway winning both times. This is MMA though and things are a bit different. I think that Taylor's strength will be enough to get him the win.