Is the hype surrounding Aldo for real, or is Brown gonna derail him tomorrow night? I personally keep going back and forth. Aldo has destroyed virtually everyone he's fought in the WEC, but he hasn't been fighting Mike Brown, who has looked unstoppable lately. I think its gonna come down to Brown's wrestling and relentless GnP attack, but the problem is we dont even know what Aldo is like on the ground yet
He is bjj black belt. Regardless, I'm gonna go with what I think is the safer pick and take Brown. I think he continually takes Aldo to the mat and unleashes a barrage of punches until Aldo finally submits due to strikes, probably late 2nd, early 3rd. Though if Brown can't get Aldo down, technically speaking he is screwed imo. Very exciting fight which I dont think will disapoint, can't wait! Big things happening in the fw division.
Also, can Garcia prevent Manny's judo throws long enough to execute his boxing? Thats another big question surrounding this card imo. If Manny can get this down he could grind Leonard out, though Garcia does have some solid jj to compliment his striking. I'm banking on Bad Boy Garcia having drill his td defense and puting a beating on Manny in the stand up, who has shown a suspect chin in the past. Garcia KO 1st rd
Other thoughts on the card:
-Razor Rob UD: former champ over the unknown late replacement. Easy pick.
-Roller sub 1st: expecting the very underated Roller to finally start making some waves in the division by catching a solid prospect in Castillo with a guillotine in the early goings.
-Kamal sub 2nd: both unknown, but other guy coming in very short notice? I have respect for a guy who doesnt even know his legal age haha.
-Nunes/UD: Solid brazilian prospect in Nunes grinding out a typical one-sided grappling decision over the durable, but flawed, LC Davis.
-Swanson/UD: Cub taking a safe but dominating decision over the tough but overmatched Franchi.
-Banuelos/UD: same situation here.
-Lamas/UD: due to dominating wrestling and top control for 3 rounds.
-Dikun/sub/1: flying triangle choke ftw.
Overall, very excited for tomorrow. The WEC has consistently been putting on awesome cards and this one looks no different.
Reminder that the weigh ins will be streamed free tonight at 7 pm EST. See you all tomorrow night!