The Intern’s Picks for UFC in Sweden

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Thiago Silva esquenta as canelas para o que talvez seja seu mais duro duelo no MMA, na Suécia. Foto: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.

Thiago Silva warms up his shins for what may be his toughest MMA fight yet, in Sweden. Photos: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.

Any trainee worth his salt, whether at a Jiu-Jitsu, MMA or interior decoration magazine, loves spouting cocky discourse—and a prepackaged statement.

Flipping through the latest GRACIEMAG, hot off the press, GRACIEMAG.com’s chesty trainee started spewing murmurs of approval from his desk, between the water cooler and the gi rack. “Really great this magazine,” he said, trying to catch someone’s attention. “All that’s missing is a bit more self-defense…”

While begging to have his predictions for UFC Sweden put up on the site, he let slip another one smacking of hubris: “This UFC, I dunno… Some of the fights are real obvious. But Stockholm syndrome may rear its head in MMA!” and rolled his eyes, trying to impress.

What do you think, savvy reader, who comes up big in the octagon this Saturday?

UFC ON FUEL TV
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
ERICSSON GLOBE ARENA, STOCKHOLM

Jason Young vs Eric Wisely
Prediction: Jason Young

Simeon Thoresen vs Besam Yousef
Prediction: Simeon Thoresen

Reza Madadi vs Yoislandy Izquierdo
Prediction: Reza Madadi

Francis Carmont vs Magnus Cedenblad
Prediction: Magnus Cedenblad

Cyrille Diabate vs Tom DeBlass
Prediction: Tom DeBlass

Papy Abedi vs James Head
Prediction: Papy Abedi

Main card

Brad Pickett vs Damacio Page
Prediction: Brad Pickett

DaMarques Johnson vs John Maguire
Prediction: DaMarques Johnson

Dennis Siver vs Diego Nunes
Prediction: Diego Nunes

Paulo Thiago vs Siyar Bahadurzada
Prediction: Paulo Thiago

Brian Stann vs Alessio Sakara
Prediction: Brian Stann

Alexander Gustafsson vs Thiago Silva
Prediction: Alexander Gustafsson

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