With the new year, MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn is celebrating his 2014 championship after his 172-77 (69.1 percent) finish in our 2014 staff picks. Check out his – and the other staff’s predictions – for Saturday’s UFC 182 event.
The event, which airs on pay-per-view from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, features the heavily anticipated grudge match between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) and Daniel Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Bohn and four other staffers chose Jones, while three picked Cormier. He and six others also chose lightweight Donald Cerrone (25-6 MMA, 12-3 UFC) over Myles Jury (15-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who got one vote. However, he went against the grain and was one of only two staffers to predict middleweight Nate Marquardt (33-13-2 MMA, 11-6 UFC) to beat Brad Tavares (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
Elsewhere on the card, Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) was the unanimous choice over flyweight Louis Gaudinot (6-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), and Hector Lombard (34-4-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was the consensus pick over welterweight Josh Burkman (27-10 MMA, 5-5 UFC).
Check out all the picks above. Additionally, leave your main-card picks below. As usual, MMAjunkie reader “IAMMA” is organizing the MMAjunkie Member Picks. Like the MMAjunkie staff picks, the readers’ records reset with the new year, so now’s the time to get involved.
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