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UFC 161 is almost here, and it's time to make a choice on who will take the bouts. See how Yahoo! Sports expert Kevin Iole, Cagewriter editor Maggie Hendricks, and Cagereaders like you picked the fights. Thank you to everyone who made their pick on Cagewriter's Facebook page.

Kevin Iole: Rashad Evans W3 Dan Henderson -- This could easily go the other way. Both guys need wins in a bad way. I just have a hunch that Rashad's going to come up with a big performance.

Maggie Hendricks: Rashad Evans W3 Dan Henderson -- Evans has been working with Kenny Monday, an Olympic gold medalist wrestler, to improve his already-strong wrestling game. He will use it to control Henderson to get the win.

Cagereader: I hate to say it but I think Rashad will edge this out. They both do the same thing, push, grind, wrestle and pound until the tank is empty. I think Rashad 29-28, both fighters exhausted. However, I love seeing Hendo knock people out. -- Joe Schipani

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Kevin Iole: Roy Nelson TKO2 Stipe Miocic -- Roy is on a roll and is far too complete of a fighter for Miocic. I think he ends it with a big right hand.

Maggie Hendricks: Roy Nelson KO1 Stipe Miocic -- Nelson is coming off a huge win, and he has a great chance to keep his streak going.

Cagereader: I'd like to see Stipe jab/circle and use some body kicks before taking Roy down, Stipe has pretty good GnP. I know about Roy's black belt in Jits but he hasn't won by sub since 2006. But, if Roy lands the right hand it's sleepy time. -- Chapin Johnston

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Kevin Iole: Ryan Jimmo W3 Igor Pokrajac -- The home crowd will propel Jimmo to hard-fought victory.

Maggie Hendricks: Ryan Jimmo W3 Igor Pokrajac -- Most of Jimmo's career has been in Canada, and he will feel more comfortable in front of the crowd in Winnipeg.

Cagereader: Both fighters like to stand and bang. No disrespect to Pokrajac, but he doesn't have the standup credentials that Jimmo possesses. Jimmo by KO.

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Kevin Iole: Alexis Davis Sub3 Rosi Sexton -- Both are impressive fighters, but Davis is bigger and I think that makes a difference as the fight wears on.

Maggie Hendricks: Alexis Davis W3 Rosi Sexton -- Davis will use her size to wear the smaller Sexton down.

Cagereader: Sexton will be too small at BW to handle a fighter like Davis. Davis by decision. -- Michael Clutch Cordello

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Kevin Iole: Pat Barry TKO3 Shawn Jordan -- Barry is always entertaining and this will be a slobberknocker. Look for Barry to be the one to come out on top.

Maggie Hendricks: Pat Barry KO2 Shawn Jordan -- The prediction I'm most comfortable making about this fight is that it won't go to the judges. There will be a knockout.

Cagereader: Jordan will be happy to engage, a poor decision against a striker like "HD". Barry by KO. -- Michael Clutch Cordello

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