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Evaluating my MMA predictions for 2010

UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at the UFC

UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at the UFC 121 pre-fight press conference at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. (Oct. 20, 2010) Credit: Getty

Way back when, on Jan. 3, 2010, the good folks in the sports department here at Newsday were kind of enough to publish some of my cockamamie predictions in Q&A format about what would happen in the world of mixed martial arts this calendar year.

Let's take a look at those five things I wrote and see how dumb or smart I was 358 days ago.

Q: When will New York legalize MMA?
A: The bill gets through the State Senate and is signed by Gov. David A. Paterson this summer.

What really happened: I was half-right. The bill made it through the State Senate in June, but stalled in the Assembly.

Q: When will Brock Lesnar fight again?
A: Lesnar will fight again, but not in 2010.

What really happened: Lesnar fought twice in 2010, defeating Shane Carwin in July and then losing his heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez in October.

Q: Do we need lightweight divisions in both the UFC and WEC?
A: It happens in the summer.

What really happened: UFC did me one better by absorbing the entire WEC in October. I predicted the summer, but close enough.

Q: Will someone stop Fedor Emelianenko?
A: Emelianenko will lose in late 2010 to Bobby Lashley.

What really happened: Emelianenko lost over the summer to Fabricio Werdum, which is almost as outrageous as my prediction. Still, very few people had the guts at the beginning of the year to predict Fedor would lose.

Q: Who is the next breakout star?
WEC's Jose Aldo and Strikeforce's Gegard Mousasi will be huge.

What really happened: Professor friend JP awards partial credit on  quizzes and exams, and I will here, too. Aldo twice defended his WEC featherweight title and rose up the ranks of the pound-for-pound list to land at No. 3. Mousasi, eh, not so much.




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