UFC Fight Night 25 Picks & Predictions Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Saturday, 17 September 2011 16:45

UFC Fight Night 25 Picks

2011 ufc fight night 25 picks and predictions

NEW ORLEANS, LA (TheSpread) – UFC Fight Night 25 will take place this Saturday night and we have a few free picks to consider for this card.

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UFC Fight Night 25 places from the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main card airs live on Spike TV at 9PM ET. Here are three picks to consider for tonight’s card.

UFC Welterweight Bout – Jake Shields (26-5-1) vs. Jake Ellenberger (24-5)

The main event features a pair of top 10 welterweights. The key to this bout will be where the fight ends up as Shields is clearly the better grappler and Ellenberger is clearly the better striker. This is a major fight for Ellenberger, but I see him struggling with Shields’ wrestling ability. He hasn’t defeated a fighter of this level, and I don’t see him doing it on Saturday. FREE PICK – Jake Shields -200

UFC Middleweight Bout - Court McGee (12-1) vs. Dongi Yang (10-1)

McGee is a wrestling and grappling specialist while Yang is primarily a knockout specialist. Yang has nine of his 10 wins by TKO or KO. However, I see him struggling to get at a comfortable striking distance, as McGee will look to pressure him and get him against the cage. I see McGee getting the fight to the ground and eventually securing a submission win. FREE PICK – Court McGee -165

UFC Featherweight Bout – Jonathan Brookins (12-3) vs. Erik Koch (12-1)

Koch is on a nice roll, having won his last three, but I think he will deal with a new level of jiu-jitsu that he hasn’t dealt with in Brookins. Brookins is a very poor striker, but he can take a punch and he has tremendous throws and rolls to get the fight to the ground. Once Brookins takes the fight to the ground, I see him quickly securing a choke. It will be a mild upset, but Brookins is a tough opponent. FREE PICK – Jonathan Brookins +165

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