Exclusive | Johny Hendricks Predicts UFC 146 | UFC NEWS
UFC 146 is scheduled to take place on May 26, 2012. The headline bout for the card is current UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos versus former champ Frank Mir. Also featured on the card is a superfight between former champ Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Additionally, Roy Nelson faces Dave Herman, and Lavar Johnson faces Stefan Struve. The card features heavyweight bouts, and all of them will affect the title picture in some way. Fresh off of his win against Josh Koscheck at UFC on FOX 3, UFC welterweight contender Johny Hendricks weighs in on four of the fights and gives his predictions.
Heavyweight Championship bout: Junior Dos Santos (Champion) vs. Frank Mir (Challenger)
Hendricks on Frank Mir’s keys to victory:
“Mir hits hard, but he’s been known to get knocked out. Get it to the ground as quickly as possible. He’s very good at submissions and he’s known to finish, and sometimes break stuff. If I was him that’s what I would be trying to do. Get it to the ground as quickly as possible and let Junior struggle from the bottom. Let him struggle a little bit to get up. I think that’s what’s going to happen in this fight. In the 4th and 5th round he can afford to keep the fight on its feet”.
Junior Dos Santos’s way to win:
“Throw uppercuts. Junior Dos Santos has a mean uppercut. One thing I do know is if you do fight a wrestler if you have heavy hands throw a couple of uppercuts, making them land and they don’t have to be flush. They start thinking about those and if they start focusing on them the shots won’t come as often and might even stop overall. That’s really what you have to do so they don’t want to shoot on you”.
“Just going off his track record you have to go with Junior. He’s faced a lot of tough jiu jitsu guys and wrestlers. None of them really tried to take him down because they didn’t really have a chance to. Whenever Dos Santos hits someone it’s with incredible force and it usually puts people out. That’s when I go back to Frank Mir’s takedowns. He might be able to get Junior down, but can he withstand that first blow to get him down. I don’t know if he can”.
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
Hendricks on Cain:
“Cain Velasquez is training pretty much for the same fight. It’s just that he’s going to watch a little bit more video and things like that to get it done. I think really what he needs to do is what Cormier did. He showed the gameplan on how to beat Bigfoot. If I’m Cain Velasquez I try to mirror what Cormier did as best as I can”.
He has to get on top. Somehow, someway he has to get on top. If he does not get on top it’s going to hurt him. It’s going to be a long night. It won’t be pretty. So, if he can he needs to put Cain on the cage and get him to the mat. One thing I haven’t really seen is what Cain can do from his back. That’s something Silva might be able to exploit or not exploit. He needs to use his size, put him on the cage, and take him down”.
Dave Herman versus Roy Nelson prediction
“Roy. Roy Nelson. Big country can never be counted of a fight you know what I’m saying. He ate some of Dos Santos’s biggest shots and kept coming. He looked good his last fight. I don’t know if it will go his way if he hasn’t slimmed up some. If he’s in better shape there’s no telling what he can do. I think Roy’s starting to realize that. I think he’s going to start developing even faster as a heavyweight”.
Lavar Johnson Stefan Struve prediction
“I think Lavar. He fought on my card. He didn’t take very long of a break did he. He’s still in fight shape and he’s still in fight mode. He’s going to be able to go in there and do well. I think he’s going to go in there and get it done. He hits harder than most heavyweights Struve has faced, and Stefan has been rocked a couple times. I think Lavar will go in there and knock him out”.