Fantasy MMA Picks Fight Night: Silva vs Bisping
Fantasy MMA Picks – 02/27/16
The UFC is in England for a showdown between the legendary, Anderson Silva, and the hometown hero, Michael Bisping. FanPicks has your Fantasy MMA Picks.
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since Anderson Silva’s last victory in the octagon. Once regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world saw his stock fall since then. The Brazilian loss his middleweight title in 2013 against Chris Weidman. In the rematch, Silva fractured his leg, ending his long last legacy as the current best fighter in the UFC. After multiple setback because of this gruesome injury, Silva made is return in 2015 in a bout against Nick Diaz. Despite getting the unanimous decision win, the ruling changed to a draw because of Silva testing positive for drostanolone and androsterone. The 40 years-old is now on the path of redemption, and his first test will be against perennial top 10 middleweight fighter, Michael Bisping. The Brit will have the London crowd behind him, one of the few advantages he will have against Silva. “The Count” had an undefeated record of 2-0 in 2015. Known as a technical striker, Bisping hopes that he will get to hit the target and bring Silva down. But “Da Spida” will use his elite quickness, head movement and footwork to tear the Englishman apart.
Gegard Mousasi took a big hit physically and in his value, during his last fight. Despite having to face a completely different fighter than originally scheduled, Mousasi lost against an unranked Uriah Hall. It was the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion first KO lost in his MMA career. He will face a former UFC middleweight title challenger in Thales Leites. Early in his career, Leites was known primarily as a Jiu-Jitsu fighter and was released from the UFC due to his lack of styles. But the Brazilian improved his striking over the last few years, which culminated into an eight fight winning streak, with a return to the big show. His ascension got cut by a split-decision loss to Michael Bisping, back in July 2015. Mousasi has a better kickboxing skill-set. But with Leites improved stand-up and superior ground-game, this could be an upset victory for the number 10th ranked UFC middleweight fighter.
Tom Breese (9-0) vs Keita Nakamura (31-6-2) – Welterweight bout
A huge prospect out of England, Tom Breese could become 10-0 without ever reaching a decision. His last fight against Cathal Pendred earned him his first performance of the night and likely not his last. He will be facing Keita Nakamura, a longtime veteran of the sport, who won in his return to the octagon five month ago versus Li Jingliang. The UFC also gave Nakamura the performance of the night honors for his last fight. With both fighters earning fight of the night in their last bout, the organization is banking on an exciting fight between the two. “The Octopus” Breese has the size, leg reach and let’s not forget the home crowd in his favor. Recipe for success.
#15 Francisco Rivera (11-5) vs Brad Pickett (25-11) – Bantamweight bout
Francisco Rivera and Brad Pickett are both in desperate need of a win. Rivera has lost three of its last four fights, while Pickett lost three straight. The two of them like to brawl, especially Rivera. With the American slight height and reach advantage, it could mean goodnight for Pickett.