Unless your name is Nate Silver, predicting future events is always a tricky proposition. Nobody knows the future, and in the utterly chaotic world of mixed martial arts, prognostication is even more difficult.
However, we will take a crack at it this week as we make 10 bold predictions regarding the world of MMA.
Mind you, these are opinions based on reporting and developing news -- as well as intuition after the covering the sport for nearly a decade. Some of the following predictions might seem more realistic or outlandish than others. Regardless, they should all create discussion among readers. Be sure to let us know your predictions in the comment section below.
1. "Winner and neeeeewww middleweight champion..."
It has been an awfully long time since Bruce Buffer stood in the middle of the octagon and uttered this phrase. In fact, the last time he said it was Oct. 14, 2006, when Anderson Silva took the belt from Rich Franklin. Buffer might want to start practicing it.