I think tonights fight between Gonzaga and Carwin will pit two strong candidates capable of beating Lesnar against one another
Carwin is basically another lesnar, only with more experience. He comes in at the maximum weight limit, is roughly the same size as Lesnar, being 6ft 3 to lesnars 6ft 4. Both decorated wrestlers, both extremely powerfull. This would be an awesome match up to watch. I think carwins striking is better than Lesnars, and he can match lenar for wrestling and strength. Their wrestler cancels each other out, and it will come down to who can land the better punches, and i think thats carwin
Gonzaga is a big dude himself, though not as powerfull as either carwin or lesnar. Gonzaga makes up for it by being much more skilled and versatile. He has powerfull striking with both fists and kicks, and is a world class BJJ expert. Granted, he got owned by couture. And Lesnar beat couture... but couture beat gonzaga by keeping the fight standing and pressed up against the cage, using dirty boxing to wreck gonzagas game plan. I dont think Lesnar can do what couture did, and i think he will try and strike with gonzaga which is dangerous as gonzaga is superior at it and has the one thing randy didnt... crushing striking power. And if he tries and bulldoze gonzaga to the mat, he will meet a guy of similar size and who is extremely dangerous on the ground.
I think Lesnar will beat Mir in the rematch. Mir knocking out Minotauro was not a case of Mir being a powerfull striker, it was a case of Big Nog's chin finally having cracked after years of taking big big shots repeatedly. Can Mir get lucky and submit lesnar a second time, certainly a possibility, but i dont see it happening that way
My picks for tonight.
Gonzaga over Carwin... although i think this is a toss up match, i will go with the more experienced guy
Rampage over Jardine by KO. I think that Jardine poses some serious problems for rampage. Forrest chopped rampage down with leg kicks, and they are jardines bread and butter. But i dont think jardine can maintain his distance as well as forrest, and he will get caught in an exchange of punches. His chin isnt as good as forrests and he will stay down
Sell over Brown
Hamill over Munoz