UFC Fox 3 will be aired tonight from East Rutherford New Jersey and this is the first of two previews for the main card. Both fights offer a lot of intrigue. Let’s try to get an idea of who might win.
Josh “KOS” Koscheck (+110) vs. Johny Hendricks (-140)
Time: 10 PM EST
Hendricks is a legit fighter. He knocked out the #2 welterweight in the world, Jon Fitch, in 12 seconds. He’s had success in UFC before, but it took that to really be noticed by everyone, and now he may have a shot at the title if things continue to develop in his career. Many do rate him as the #2 welterweight in the world behind Georges St-Pierre. He has great knockout power and he has shown it against a number of fighters, including T.J. Waldburger, Charlie Brenneman, and Amir Sadollah (and aforementioned Jon Fitch). He’s not a bad wrestler either.
Koscheck has a lot of knockout power. He’s a great wrester, too, and he’s been one of the most successful welterweights on the mat. He has to avoid Hendricks’ big blows and find away to get it to the mat. Hendricks isn’t a poor wrestler, but one would have to say that Koscheck has the advantage on the mat. Hendricks could end this one early by knockout again, though, and I figure that is why the MMA oddsmakers have made him a slight favorite. Nonetheless, this is probably a fight I wouldn’t bet on, but if I were, it would be a small bet on Hendricks the favorite.
Pat “HD” Barry (-190) vs. “Big” Lavar Johnson (+155)
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Sometimes there’s more to be said about seeing an exciting fight, than one that is “technically good” between two very good fighters. This will be such a fight. Both Barry and Johnson are good fighters, but that this point their main value is the entertainment factor.
Johnson debuted against Joey Beltran on UFC on Fox 2 and put up a great fight, beating Beltran hard with a series of blows and ending the fight in the first round. Pat Barry’s M.O. is the same, and he dominated Christian Morecraft at UFC on FX. Analysis really isn’t important here, it’s just a matter of who is going to out-slug the other. Still, expect the favorite Pat “HD” Barry to pull this one out, and it probably won’t last all that long, because Johnson’s endurance is suspect.