Shane Carwin - He says he's finally 100%. And I believe him. But is it too late? Has time passed him by? Afterall, he's 37. And first in line is Roy Nelson. Does a win for Carwin make a statement? I have him winning this fight, and I have him winning by knockout. Roy's never been knocked out in the UFC, even against Junior Dos Santos, but he has been knocked out in his career, against Arlovski back in 08. And Shane has the power to do it. What do you all think? Is he just a gatekeeper now? Or does he have it in him to make one last run?
Forrest Griffin - What if Forrest comes back determined? What if he takes things seriously again? Can he make a run? Call me crazy, but I think he can beat Chael in December. In fact, I'm picking him to do so. I think he's too big for Chael. Chael is 6'1 with a 74 inch reach. Not to mention, he's a middleweight. Forrest, on the other hand, is a big light heavyweight. He's 6'3 with a 77 inch reach. On paper it may not seem like much, but there will be a noticable size difference. Toss in the fact that Chael Sonnen has fought two times in his MMA career at 205, and he lost both fights, one of them against Mr. Griffin himself.
Rich Franklin - He said he's making one last run. How far will he get? He's coming off a catchweight win over Wanderlei Silva and has Cung Le next in his official return to the currently crowded middlewieght division.
Urijah Faber - As thin as the 135 division may be, I feel he blew his best chance. And I no longer feel he is number 2 in the division. I have him now at 4, right behind Dominick Cruz, Renan Barao, and Michael McDonald. But even though he just lost a one sided fight to Barao, and even though he’s lost 2 of his last 3 fights, I still can’t rule him out. I mean, its Faber, right? Yes, he’s now lost more title fights at this level than anyone else, but its Faber. He’s not old or anything, he’s only 33, still plenty of time to make at least a couple more runs. Or is there a reason he’s losing these fights now? Is he still Urijah Christopher Faber, or is he no longer the same fighter? Has Faber, the guy who at one point carried the WEC, been passed by? Because yeah, he isn’t too old at 33, but the guys I listed before him are still on the way up. Cruz turns 27 in two days. Barao is just 25. And Michael McDonald, believe it or not, is only just 21. Can Faber still hang with the young guns?
B.J. Penn – With all due respect to Penn, and I know you can’t overlook anyone in this sport, but I don’t see him beating Rory MacDonald at FOX 5. So where does Penn go if my prediction comes true? Why not back to 155? Why not back to the division where he had his most success? Like Faber, he’s 33. Not a young pup anymore, but not exactly an old timer either. If he returns to what was once “his” division, what can do he? Its so crowded there, with so many contenders already in line. Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone, Gray Maynard, all these guys wanting Ben Henderson’s title. Where would Penn fit in?
James Toney – Only kidding…