I hope everyone is well rested because UFC Fight Night 66, coming live from Manila, Philippines, kicks off at the too damn early time of 7:00 AM ET on Fight Pass. All of the excellent fight pickers are groggy and hungover, so these predictions should be interesting. Let’s find out who’s going to be a winnah in Manila.
Important Standings of Note:
Jessica: 376-253-4 (60%)
Burnsy: 394-234-5 (63%)
Vince: 192-124-2 (61%)
Ryan: 8-2-1 (77%)
Danny: 161-77-1 (67%)
Spilled: 76-56-2 (57%)
Sydnie: 16-12 (57%)
Chris: 39-12-1 (76%)
NY Ric: 36-26-1 (57%)
Ghost: 6-7 (46%)
Seth: 32-15 (68%)
Biss: 41-39-1 (51%)
Jared: 36-21 (63%)
Melanie: 2-0 (100%)
Flyweight – Nolan Ticman vs Yao “The Conqueror” Zhikui
Jessica: Zhikui is 1-3, and I’ve sadly been posting a similar record these last few events. That doesn’t mean I have any solidarity for him, I just recognize familiar incompetence. I’ll take Ticman to out-grapple Yao and take a decision.
Melanie: Ticman by submisison
Jared: I’d be lying if I said that I know who either of these guys are, and so is anyone else who claims otherwise. Nolan Ticman? Yao Zhikui? Are these people even real??
Ah, one of them has a professional record of 1-2. That’s one win, two losses. And he’s fighting in the UFC. I will be picking against him.
Flyweight – Roldan “The Executioner” Sangcha-an vs Jon “The Heat” Delos Reyes
Jessica: Delos Reyes might have lost his last two, but those fights were against solid competition in Dustin Kimura and Kyoji Horiguchi. Roldan most recently fell to Richie Vaculik, so I’m edging towards JDR here. Neither man has gone to a decision, and I see that trend continuing, as Delos Reyes wins with a second round TKO.
Jared: Delos Reyes by virtue of having fought better competition.
Bantamweight – Ning “Smasher” Guangyou vs Royston Wee
Jessica: Guangyou is only an apprentice at smashing. Maybe if he was a smash master, he’d have a chance, but c’mon, he’s fighting Royston Wee. Wee locks up a second round submission.
Melanie: Ning by TKO
Jared: Not too long ago, I wrote a lengthy piece about how the UFC’s signing of Royston – a 2-0 Chinese fighter who hadn’t completed in 3 years — signaled the end of an era wherein “UFC-caliber fighter” actually meant something. I complained about this, that, and even the other thing, using words like “oversaturation” and “subpar” to bolster my inane ramblings. Royston, of course, went on to win his first two UFC fights.