UFC 87 Predictions from Ngo-stradamus

Written by Tom Ngo
August 7th, 2008

The world knows Nostradamus as the man that predicted many major world events. His prophecies are undeniable and have created quite the cult following. Well 5thRounders, Ngo-stradamus will look to do the same thing, but in the context of the MMA world. Coming off another successful round of predictions at UFC 86, going a spectacular 4-1, that brings the stellar total to 20-5 over the  last five UFC events. Read what the all-mighty Ngo-stradamus foresees taking place at UFC 87.

Demian Maia (-240) vs. Jason MacDonald (+190)

Maia is taking his perfect 7-0 record into the Octagon for the third time. He has finished both of his previous UFC bouts by doing what he does best, via submission. There is no secret what the Brazilian Jui Jitsu specialist plans for MacDonald on Saturday. The main thing that separates Maia from the other BJJ fighters that tried to turn into MMAers is that he actually has a solid enough stand up game to set up his submissions.

MacDonald will be the best Mixed Martial Artist that Maia has faced. At one time, he was considered a legitimate contender in the 185-pound division, beating all second tier competition rather easily. However, he didn’t look too impressive once he faced former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and number one contender Yushin Okami. Ngo-stradamus has a strong feeling that this is a nice underdog bet to take.

Ngo-stradamus predicts: MacDonald via 3rdRound TKO

Manny Gamburyan (-325) vs. Rob Emerson (+250)

Gamburyan has shown the heart and desire that it takes to be true competitor in the lightweight division. He has bounced back nicely, winning his last two UFC bouts, after suffering his freakish injury against Nate Diaz in the Ultimate Fighter 5 Finals.

Emerson showed a positive attitude and work ethic during his time on the same TUF season, however his MMA highlights really stop there. He has been only able to compile a 7-6 record as a professional, and there is a reason why Gamburyan is more than a 3-1 favorite.

Ngo-stradamus predicts: Gamburyan via 2ndRound TKO

Kenny Florian (-150) vs. Roger Huerta (+120)

In one of the most important lightweight fights of the year, Florian looks to prove that he is ready for another title shot. He has rolled off four consecutive wins since his loss to Sean Sherk for the title. The most impressive thing about those four wins is that he has finished every single opponent. In fact, in all nine of Florian’s wins, his aggressive style has allowed him to finish all of his opponents.

Huerta has quite an impressive streak of his own. He hasn’t lost a fight in over four years and is 15-0 during that time, 6-0 in the UFC. Huerta’s path to this point has been much different than Florian’s. He has fought in numerous C-level organizations, and although he is 7 years younger than his opponent, he has fought twice as many MMA fights.

Both of these fighters are exciting, and given that a top contender spot is at stake, fireworks are sure to be flying. This will be a very close fight, and could go down as an instant classic.

Ngo-stradamus predicts: Florian via 3rdRound Submission

Brock Lesnar (-275) vs. Heath Herring (+215)

Lesnar will be walking into the Octagon for the second time, his third professional MMA bout overall. Expectations have been high since day one, and two consecutive losses in MMA’s premier organization would not be good. The UFC has banked a lot on Lesnar’s ability to succeed, so if his talent can ever meet up to his hype, then everyone will be a winner. His wrestling skills are well known, and he showed a surprising stand up game in his debut against Frank Mir at UFC 81. The question is, how much has he truly improved as a MMA fighter since his loss five months ago.

Herring has had an up and down career since he entered the UFC, alternating wins and losses in his four bouts. If the trend continues, he should lose to Lesnar since he beat Cheick Kongo in his last bout at UFC 82. Expectations were high when the UFC recruited Herring over from Pride FC, however he has been a disappointment up until now. He knows that the division is open, and if he can perform like he has in the past, he will put himself in a position to compete for the title shortly.

Lesnar will probably show more improved MMA skills, but Herring should be too good in all aspects of the MMA game.

Ngo-stradamus predicts: Herring via 2ndRound TKO

Jon Fitch (+280) vs. Georges St-Pierre (-360)

Jon Fitch (+280) vs.Georges St-Pierre (-360)

This is the moment that Fitch has worked his entire MMA career for. He is probably the best unknown fighter in the world, as he has won 15 consecutive bouts, his last 8 coming within the UFC’s deepest division. Fitch comes from a strong wrestling background and has worked tremendously hard at American Kickboxing Academy with fellow top tier welterweights to transform into a true Mixed Martial Artist.

GSP now finds himself in the same exact spot that he was in a year ago. This will be his first title defense, after winning it again against Matt Serra at UFC 83, the same person that upset him just one year prior. St-Pierre has promised to have learned from his previous mistakes and intends to hold onto the title for quite some time. He is the best athlete in all of MMA and is arguably the most well-rounded.

These fighters mirror each other’s talents very well. The unfortunate thing for Fitch is that as good as he is, he is not better than the champion at any aspect of the MMA game. Many consider him a poor man’s GSP. We wouldn’t go that far because it wouldn’t do justice to Fitch’s talent. But, we do feel that GSP is on a mission to be the best fighter in the world, and has solved all of the issues that troubled him in the past.

Ngo-stradamus predicts: St-Pierre via 4thRound TKO

And those are Ngo-stradamus’ calls for UFC 87. Make sure to order the Pay-Per-View to see how well the all-mighty one does. If you are unable to order the fight, no worries because 5thRound.com will be posting LIVE Round-by-Round coverage and results.

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