Not to state the obvious, and definitely not trying to troll here (since the last Thorn discussion got a little heated), but how differently does everybody view this kid's chances at winning it all NOW? He beat up Marion pretty well and took out Hump in a tough match in B10's. His one match with Dake could have gone (and in my opinion should have gone) his way; he actually roughed Dake up quite a bit in that match as well. He looks very very dangerous to me right now.
It might be a trendy pick but I think he's peaking at the perfect time, and will take the big enchillada, and then maybe eat a big enchillada afterward. The latter possibly more probable but not by much.