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Ngo-Stradamous Predicts UFC 103

Written by Tom Ngo
September 19th, 2009

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The world knows Nostradamus as the man that predicted many major world events. Well 5thRounders, Ngo-stradamus will look to do the same thing, but in the context of the MMA world. Check out how he foresees UFC 103 playing out, and let’s see if the all-mighty one can win you folks some dough.

Hermes Franca (-280) vs. Tyson Griffin (+210)

Franca has fallen on some inconsistent times since dropping his lightweight title match to Sean Sherk at UFC 83 two years ago. He was subsequently suspended after the bout for testing positive for a banned substance and has gone 1-1 since serving his time.

Griffin has been a quasi-contender in the 155-pound division for quite some time, however hasn’t managed to crack into the division’s top tier. Although his 13-2 record might indicate that he’s ready for a shot at UFC gold, all seven of his last contests have been decided by the judges.

And we all know how much UFC brass loves to showcase non-finishers …

Ngo-Stradamous Predicts: Griffin via Unanimous Decision

Frank Trigg (+300) vs. Josh Koshcheck (-400)

On paper, all signs point towards Kos dominating the 37-year-old in his Octagon return. Trigg holds a 19-6 record and has rolled off four consecutive wins, however none of those W’s came against any of the world’s elite fighters.

Not that Koscheck is considered 170-lb. elite anymore, but he’s still on the cusp. If anything, he is a much younger version of his UFC 103 counterpart. Both came from a solid wrestling background and both have  worked hard to improve their stand-up.

The youth movement should be in full force this Saturday, however Ngo-Stradamus would NEVER bet on Kos at -400. There is no way he is THAT much better than Trigg.

Ngo-Stradamous Predicts: Koscheck via Unanimous Decision

Paul Daley (N/A) vs. Martin Kampmann (N/A)

Speaking of the welterweight division, Kampmann’s top contender bout against Mike Swick was called off after Swick suffered an injury. Although Daley isn’t as polished as Swick, his 21-8-2 professional record makes him an automatic thereat.

Kampmann was surely disappointed when he heard that his original opponent had to bow out, however that’s the nature of the MMA game so he can’t afford to look past Daley.

Chances are that no matter what he does in winning this fight, Kampmann won’t get next dibs on champ Georges St-Pierre’s strap. However, a poor showing would certainly sink him down the standings. Unfortunately for Kampmann, he has much more to lose than gain in this bout.

Ngo-Stradamous Predicts: Kampmann via 2ndRound TKO

Junior dos Santos (-135 ) vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (+105)

The enigma that is CC continues. Can we really say that he is back to his old form after posting back-to-back victories over Hong Man Choi and Mustapha al Turk, respectively? Granted, both were impressive TKO finishes, but he hasn’t been the same fighter since his PrideFC days.

Blame it on the air in the States or the Octagon cages, but CC doesn’t perform like he used to. He better get back to that place quickly because dos Santos is no joke.

His 8-1 record might not blow you over, but the fashion in which he is steamrolling people will. All of his W’s have come via devastating finish, including his last outing at UFC 95 where it took him all of 54 seconds to slap Stefan Struve silly.

Ngo-Stradamous Predicts: dos Santos via 3rdRound TKO

Rich Franklin (-140 ) vs. Vitor Belfort (+110) (195-pound Catchweight Bout)

Speaking of not being the same fighter, there is a lot of hype surrounding Belfort’s return to the Octagon. He once ruled these parts many moons ago, however it’s been over five years since he dawned the UFC’s light heavyweight crown.

Since his departure in early 2005, the Brazilian has been hopping from one organization to the next, recapturing some of his his old magic along the way. He put MMA veteran Matt Lindland to sleep in his last outing at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” earlier this year.

Franklin was once the UFC’s middleweight king. He dominated the division like current champ Anderson Silva is doing now, well, maybe not the exactly same way Silva’s doing it. Keep in mind, he had his one-way ticket to the UFC Hall of Fame punched before Silva’s arrival, however those devastating losses to Silva skewed fans’ perception of the former teacher.

Let’s be real. Take away those two humbling defeats and Franklin remains one of the world’s best all-around fighters. In addition, his weight class hopping is also helping his status as a legit contender to be the world’s best MMA P4P fighter, however he has quite a ways to go.

Ngo-Stradamous Predicts: Franklin via Unanimous Decision

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