This card has a lot of match-ups where both fighters are so evenly matched that they may sort of stalemate each other, or fights where one fighter has the ability to end the fight but his opponent is so well aware of this that he will spend the majority of the fight avoiding those situations which will lead to some what boring decisions. Hulk is expecting there to be a few surprise finishes here and there but just on paper this is how Hulk sees the fights playing out.
Hulk is going with...
Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans - Chuck via decision. Rashad is a small wrestler for the division and doesn't have the size or strength necessary to take Chuck down. He struggled with taking Bisping down and he would have lost the Tito fight if not for the weak point deduction. Rashad will probably be very evasive and rangey trying to utilize leg kicks in the same way Jardine did. Only it's not going to work this time. Chuck will chase him around the ring for 3 rounds and land the more damaging shots through out the fight. Aggressiveness and shots landed will earn him the win in what will probably be an uneventful fight that won't earn Rashad any fans. If Rashad does fight aggressively then he is likely getting knocked out. Rashad is tailor made for Chuck, but at the same time Rashad is the kind of fighter who will fight not to lose instead of fighting to win which can lead to lackluster fights.
Dan Henderson vs. Rousimar Palhares - Hendo via decision. Dan will dictate the pace of this fight with his superior wrestling, keeping it on the feet. We may see Palhares pull guard a few times and go for leglocks but Hulk thinks Hendo is too crafty to get caught with anything like that. We could see Hendo knock him out if Palhares tries to trade, but Hulk doesn't think that will happen.
Martin Kampmann vs. Nate Marquardt - Kampmann via decision. Probably the two most evenly matched guys on the card. Kampmann is very well rounded and has flown under the radar for a lot of people. Hulk has a feeling that this will be his jump onto the big stage with a some what surprising possibly split decision win over the more well known Marquardt.
Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill - Rich via TKO. This is the bout that Hulk is most unsure about. It's all dependent on Rich's takedown defense as well as how far along Matt has come with his striking. Hulk is leaning either towards Hamill holding Rich down for 3 rounds and grinding out a decision. Or Hamill trying to stand a little too much with Franklin using that sloppy brawling brute style of his, only to get rocked with Rich jumping in to land a rapid succession of shots to get a stoppage. Hamill's stand-up is perfect for what Rich likes to do on the feet. Rich has decent technical boxing but he is a brawler at heart and would love nothing more than to exchange with Matt. Hulk is back and forth on this pick but is going to go with a Franklin win. Rich should be able to utilize angles well against Matt and eventually land a one-two that will daze him and setup a finish.
Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida - Karo via decision. Hulk thinks this will be similar to the Chonan fight. Karo most likely won't be able to utilize much of his judo and it wil come down to who has the better stand-up which Hulk thinks Karo will edge him out on. Yoshida likely has slightly better jits but Hulk doesn't think it will come down to that.
Thiago Tavares vs. Kurt Pellegrino - Thiago via submission. Should be a great fight. Hulk likes both guys but just thinks Thiago is a bit more polished. Pellegrino is a solid wrestler but doesn't have much else going for him.
Jason Lambert vs. Jason MacDonald - MacDonald via submission. Hulk has never been a fan of Lambert and looks at his win over Babalu as just one of those flukey things that happens some times. He should be pretty good at 185 but MacDonald is just better.
Mike Patt vs. Tim Boetsch - Boetsch via KO. Hulk has seen Patt fight a couple of times but he really wasn't all that impressive and had no one attribute that really stood out. Boetsch on the other hand has shown some KO power and has experience in the big show so Hulk is picking him to earn himself knockout of the night.
Roan Carneiro and Ryo Chonan - Chonan via decision. This should be a decent fight that Hulk sees Chonan possibly getting a sub in but likely just controlling from top position in route to a decision victory.
Matt Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Dong via KO. Dong Hyun Kim has serious talent and is a solid contender coming out of Korea. We will see him begin to make a name for himself in his next few fights. He should dispose of Matt Brown in impressive fashion. It will probably end up being one of the quick fights that's aired if they have time.