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 perfect 5-0 mark at UFC 107, check out how he foresees UFC 108 playing out, but most importantly, let’s see if the all-mighty one can win you folks some dough.
Junior dos Santos (-300) vs. Gilbert Yvel (+220)
With a 36-13-1 professional record, Yvel has clearly been around the block a few times, however Saturday will mark the 33-year-old’s first Octagon scrap. Most MMA fans remember Yvel from his battle against former UFC heavyweight champ Josh Barnett at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” last January.
Although he was thoroughly trounced that night, he fought with true Ultimate Warrior-like spirit. The veteran has won eight of his last nine bouts, with that beating being his only loss.
Unfortunately for him, dos Santos is one of the division’s fastest rising stars. The Brazilian was last seen dominating former PrideFC superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 103 in September, bumping his record to a stellar 9-1.
Expect to see dos Santos in a title fight by the end of the 2010.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: dos Santos via 2ndRound TKO
Jim Miller (-500) vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig (+350)
Having won 10 of his last 11 fights, Miller is one of the division’s hottest fighters. His sole blemish came at the hands of Gray Maynard, a top contender in the UFC’s 155-pound division, at UFC 97 back in March.
However, it was a pretty lopsided win for Maynard, so Miller will have to prove that he can do it against the planet’s elite.
Ludwig may not necessarily fit that billing, but he is a solid fighter with a respectable 19-9 record. Although they all hung W’s over him, he has stood opposite UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn, former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson, Tyson Griffin, Takanori Gomi and Paul Daley, if that means anything …
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Miller via 3rdRound TKO
Joe Lauzon (-300) vs. Sam Stout (+220)
Speaking of red-hot lightweights, Lauzon has rattled off wins in eight of his last nine scraps, and his only loss came against former top contender Kenny Florian. Due to his sarcastic ways, most don’t take him seriously, however, Dumbo ears aside, he’s easily one of the UFC’s top 155-pounders.
Posting a solid W over a fighter of Stout’s caliber will certainly help Lauzon’s position on the lightweight totem pole, however Stout is going through a bit of a rough patch as he’s lost two of his last three.
This could very well be do or die for Stout, a longtime UFC veteran.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Lauzon via 2ndRound Submission
Dustin Hazelett (-135) vs. Paul Daley (+105)
UFC 108 will be co-headlined by a classic “Grappler vs. Striker” matchup. Hazelett is one of the world’s craftiest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialists, while Daley has won 17 of his 22 pro fights via knockout or TKO.
Hazelett has run off wins in five of his last six, all but one of those ending via submission. Nine of his 12 professional victories are by way of tapout, so he’s clearly the best BJJ fighter in the UFC’s deep 170-pound division.
Daley is still on Cloud 9 after his explosive Octagon debut against Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 in September. He’s won his last three fights, all ending before the final horn, and we all know how much UFC brass loves that.
If Daley can slap Hazelett silly inside the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, expect his name to be mentioned as a potential top contender to Georges St-Pierre’s crown … or Dan Hardy’s, if the Brit is able to pull off the upset at UFC 111 in March.
However, if Hazelett is able to do his thang and get this scrap to the mat, you could be hearing his name thrown around for next dibs.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Hazelett via 3rdRound Submission
Thiago Silva (+175) vs. Rashad Evans (-220)
What do these two main event fighters have in common? They’ve both been KTFO by reigning light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. Thankfully for MMA fans, if both fighters come out standing, which they have indicated they will, this scrap could be just as electrifying as Machida’s thrashings.
Evans’ game has evolved drastically since first entering the UFC back in 2005, as his pure wrestling background has given way to his now-lethal standup. He’s determined to get his title back and putting Silva to sleep could very well get him in a 5Rounder fairly shortly.
However, there is quite a bit of hype surrounding a Rashad vs. Rampage brawl, so expect for the UFC to milk that cow before it’s too late.
Although thoroughly acquainted with the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Silva clearly loves to bang. He owns an impressive 14-1 record, 11 of those coming via TKO or KO. He had been quite dominant before running into Machida’s fist at UFC 94, and not too many start their MMA careers a perfect 13-0.
On top of that, only one of his wins was handed to him by the judges’ scorecards.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Evans via 2ndRound TKO