LAS VEGAS — Athletes are athletes. Every sport has its stars, grunts and primadonnas.
Super Bowl 46 and the NFL have too many to count and so does the UFC.
Scott Bemis from the local CBS television affiliate in Las Vegas decided to mix the two worlds. Check out Roy Nelson and myself on KLAS trying to come up with our star QB, diva receiver, kicker, coach and the intimidating hitter from the UFC.
Everyone loves the NFL. The audience in the U.S. is expected to top 150 million. Plenty of fighters will be glued to a TV set or partying around Super Bowl 46. The promotion asked a bunch of the fighters at UFC 143 for their plays on the game.
Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion
“I’ve not a clue about the rules of football but I will be screaming for New York because it’s the closest city to Montreal.”
Carlos Condit, UFC interim welterweight title challenger
“I’m going to take the New York Giants. Sometimes being an underdog is the greatest motivation. I’m an underdog against Diaz this Saturday and it’s going to be the weekend of the dog.”
Roy Nelson, UFC heavyweight
“My picks for game day are Bud Light for the bud bowl. As for the other entertainment on that day, I have not picked my favorite commercial yet but it is usually the one with bigger budget, but the Cinderella story can always happen and that’s why I love the tournament format. As for the filler, I don’t have a pick but it definitely will be a showdownwith the New York Giants and New England, but my bet is on the one with “New” in their name.”
Josh Koscheck, UFC welterweight
“I am mad because those are not my two favorite teams. That said, I think it should be a good, hard fought game. I’m not sure who will come out on top.”
Brendan Schaub, UFC heavyweight
“My prediction for the game is it’s going to be a good game–high scoring from both teams. In order for the Giants to win, they have to get pressure on Tom Brady from the D-line so he can’t sit in the pocket and drop bombs to his monster tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, however even with that being said I think New England will be just too much for the Giants and pull off a late 4th quarter game-winning drive adding to the Brady legacy.”
Clifford Starks, UFC middleweight
“I have to go with the Patriots, I know that they remember the last time they lost to the Giants and they are looking to take that bitter taste out of their mouth.”
Max Holloway, UFC featherweight
“I’m going to have to take the Giants. I think they’ve got the defense to hold Brady and his offense down. Also because Eli is one lucky dude I swear. I think he could close his eyes and throw the ball and it would land into one of his receivers’ hands. The Giants are just something else when they play in the post-season. Their wide receivers have just been on these last couple of games.”
Matt Brown, UFC welterweight
“I predict the Patriots will win simply because New England is title town. My fiancé is from Massachusetts, home of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins. All the winning teams are from MA so there is no way the Pats will walk away defeated. It also helps that Patriots QB Tom Brady has the best record of any NFL quarterback in the modern era with at least 100 starts.”
Chris Cope, UFC welterweight
“I’m picking the Patriots because their offensive line is stacked and Brady is always clutch during the playoffs! Woooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Patriots!”
Stephen Thompson, UFC welterweight
“Eli Manning’s offense is very strong which will allow him to move the ball well especially in the air. Their D line is strong which will allow their D-Backs to do their jobs.”
Edwin Figueroa, UFC bantamweight
“Personally, I’m from Texas and when it comes to football I bleed silver and blue – Cowboys all the way win or lose! Onlytrue fans can say that! On that note though, I’m rooting for the Patriots to avenge their 2008 final loss to the Giants. Go Pats!”
Ed Herman, UFC middleweight
“I’m going to have to go with the underdog Giants. I enjoy rooting for the underdog plus their defense has been stellar. Go Giants!”
Scott Jorgensen, UFC bantamweight
“Patriots over the Giants! AFC east all the way! If it ain’t the Bills in the bowl, I want to see the division do well to justify the Bills performance.”
Super Bowl weekend is huge in Sin City. The UFC’s decision to hold a Super Saturday card each year in Vegas is brilliant. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is estimating an additional 286,000 people will come to town. Hotels are at near 90-percent occupancy and the non-gaming revenue generated this weekend is $98 million.
You can watch UFC 143 right here on Yahoo! Sports
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