Ngo-Stradamus Predicts “UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera”

Written by Tom Ngo
November 14th, 2009

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. After posting a solid 4-1 at UFC 104, check out how he foresees UFC 105 playing out, but most importantly, let’s see if the all-mighty one can win you folks some dough.

Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley

Riley has been around the MMA block a few times as he boasts a 28-11-1 pro record, taking four out of his last five contests. He was last seen dominating Shane Nelson for a unanimous decision at UFC 101.

Pearson bumped his professional record to 9-3 en route to taking “The Ultimate Fighter 9” lightweight tournament this past June. The gritty Brit defeated fellow Team U.K. comrade Andre Winner via unanimous decision to take the crown.

Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Pearson via 2ndRound TKO

Matt Brown vs. James Wilks

Wilks was quite explosive in his “The Ulitimate Fighter 9 Finale” scrap as he pulled out a 1stRound submission win over DaMarques Johnson to capture the highly-coveted six-figure UFC contract.

He posts a 6-2 MMA record, with finishes in all of his wins.

For the most part, Brown has had an up-and-down mixed martial arts career. He holds a mundane 10-7 record, however has won three out of his last four, including two straight.

Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Brown via Unanimous Decision

Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang

Bisping still has a 17-2 record, however if he plans on climbing the 185-pound ladder than he needs to get back to his relentless and punishing ways. He looked tentative and gun-shy against Dan Henderson at UFC 100, and that’s why he found himself unconscious on the mat.

Nearly five years ago, Kang started a 16-fight winning streak. He eventually lost a tough split decision to Kazuo Misaki at Pride Bushido 3 in 2006, and he hasn’t been the same fighter since.

The Korean-born Canadian has won four of his last seven and was last seen taking a unanimous decision over Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 97 this past April.

Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Kang via 3rdRound TKO

Dan Hardy (+180) vs. Mike Swick (-225)

Hardy is one of the division’s hottest fighters, however nobody seems to know it. Well, Swick better be on high alert as the confident Brit has already started game planning for a title shot against 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre.

Sure Hardy owns a sick 22-6 record, including six straight, but Swick is no joke as he’s been perfect since dropping down to the welterweight division. He was able to collect his fourth consecutive W there when he TKO’d Ben Saunders in the 2ndRound of their UFC 99 scrap.

Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Hardy via 2ndRound TKO

Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera

Vera appears to have found his stride again as he has rattled-off two straight victories. Once considered a double-threat to the heavy and light heavyweight crowns, the Filipino is now focused squarely on the 205-pound division.

Couture makes his return to the light heavyweight division for the first time since retiring after his loss to then-champ Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 in February 2006. Randy subsequently un-retired to capture the heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia, and even successfully defended it against Gabriel Gonzaga.

Unfortunately his success ended there as he was trounced by champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, then thoroughly dominated by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102.

Like Vera, this is a much better division for Couture as his body frame can easily carry the weight. A win is imperative for both fighters if they intend to make themselves a legit contender to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s, ahem – Lyoto Machida’s title.

Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Couture via Unanimous Decision

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