How do you see these fights playing out? Here's my guesses:
Mir vs Big Nog - As good as Mir looked and as bad as Nog looked in their last fight, I still think I'm gonna have to side with Big Nog. I do believe the illness excuse from last fight. This is the guy that Fedor, CroCop, and other legends in their prime could not finish. Seeing Mir come out and act like "K-1 Matt Hughes" for one fight isn't enough to make me think that he can repeat the victory.
Prediction: Nog R3 TKO after 260lb Mir gasses.
Tito vs Lil Nog - The "Tito is back" hype is about as substantial as a post-Thanksgiving fart in the wind. Nog hasn't looked like a top 10 in a long time. Both guys seem way over the hill to me. Maybe the winner can face Ron van Clief. That being said, Nog's boxing credentials combined with Tito's still-mediocre striking and diminished takedowns is a bad mix.
Prediction: Nog by decision.
Jones vs Machida - Nothing has slowed Bones down yet, and as "hard to figure out" as Machida is, there is now a blueprint on how to beat him. Bones also has the wrestling advantage, something that most people would factor as a huge plus. Popping in and out of range is gonna be a little harder than usual for Machida thanks to Bones long arms too I think. There's a rumor that Machida has something like the flu right now to boot - bad situation facing 5 rounds vs steamroller Jones.
Prediction: Bones R3 KO.
Feel free to rip me a new one after all my theories are debunked tomorrow!