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. Going a phenomenal 4-1 at UFC 89, the great Ngo-stradamus is now 29-11 over the last eight UFC events. Read how the all-mighty Ngo-stradamus foresees UFC 90 playing out.
Rich Clementi vs. Gray Maynard
Clementi will be riding a six fight winning streak into the bout, with the last four coming in the Octagon. The MMA veteran seems to have found his stride, however hasn’t been able to finish his last two opponents, which in the grand scheme of things, should have been easy wins for someone trying to get a title shot in one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.
Maynard holds a perfect 5-0 record, with his most impressive win coming in his last bout against up-and-coming Frankie Edgar in April. Like Clementi, Maynard’s last two W’s have come via decision. If either of these two would like to make a serious run at the 155-pound title, they will need to show that they can walk through opponents on their own merit.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Maynard via Unanimous Decision
Tyson Griffin vs. Sean Sherk
This is a battle of the “Trying to Get There” vs. “Been There.” After a slight hiccup against Frankie Edgar at UFC 67, Griffin seems to have found his rhythm as he has rallied to win his last four bouts. Griffin is making a serious run at title contender status, however he is in a similar boat as Maynard and Clementi. Like them, he has fallen into the bad habit of allowing the judges to decide his fate, with all of his last five bouts going to a decision.
The UFC is never been fond of fighters that can’t finish. It is very tough to sell a champion as the main event when all of this bouts go the distance.
As for Sherk, this may be the most important fight of the former champion’s career. After being stripped of his belt after a positive drug test, Sherk lost in his return to the Octagon against reigning champion BJ Penn at UFC 84. The disheartening thing about the loss was that, although Sherk came back with something to prove, however channeled that aggression in the wrong direction.
Sherk wanted to show the MMA world that he learned to be a solid stand up fighter during his year-long suspension, but was exposed by a superior striker in Penn. Hopefully Sherk decides to go back to what got him the title in the first place. At 35 years of age, that will be the only way that he can climb up that ladder once again.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Sherk via Unanimous Decision
Junior “Cigano” dos Santos vs. Fabricio Werdum
Werdum seems to have gotten lost in the mix after the UFC champion Randy Couture decided to return to the UFC. After his impressive 1stRound win over Brandon Vera at UFC 85, many thought that he was just a win away from a title shot. Now with Couture back, and Frank Mir set to slug it out with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for his interim title, Werdum is legitimately at least two wins away from a title match.
It seems as though the UFC is sympathizing with him however, as they set him up with an opponent that only has seven professional fights under his belt, and this will be his first under the big lights of the UFC. Welcome to the big time, kid.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Werdum in the 1stRound via Submission
Josh Koscheck vs. Thiago Alves
Although Diego Sanchez was forced to pull out of this bout, a Koscheck/Alves fight has just as much significance in the welterweight division. The winner of this bout is sure to get a crack at the winner of champion Georges St-Pierre’s bout against BJ Penn at UFC 94.
Alves has steamrolled through his last six UFC opponents, with his last win coming over future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. Alves has knockout power and strength that may be unmatched in the division, including GSP. The key for Alves is to prove that he can consistently make the required 170 pound weight limit, as he has failed to do so on a couple of occasions.
Koscheck has bounced back nicely after losing his top contender matchup against GSP at UFC 74. He too has earned a reputation as a scorecard winner, which has rubbed fans the wrong way. It is tough for most wrestlers to lose that kind of Lay ‘n Pray stigma, however Kos has done a great job of working on his stand up game, but is far from being able to compete with the best in that aspect.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Alves in the 2ndRound via TKO
Patrick Cote (+475) vs. Anderson Silva (-675)
I guess you can say that Cote “luckily” fell into this fight. Top contender Yushin Okami had injured himself and was taken out of consideration for this title bout. Cote has shown that he can be a legitimate contender in the division, winning his last five bouts since losing to Travis Lutter in The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finals. It certainly helps that he fights in the UFC’s weakest division, so to say that there is significant separation between the champion and the field would be an understatement.
In any fight you can say that someone has a puncher’s chance. However, Cote may not even have that. Silva has become MMA’s modern day Superman. His lanky limbs allow him to keep you at an distance, he is the the world’s most efficient and accurate striker, with both legs and arms, and he is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so don’t bother taking him to the mat.
There is a reason why he is almost a 7-to-1 favorite to win this fight. He will have five bouts remaining on his UFC contract after this fight, and it seems as though he is just biding his time until he is allowed to move up and challenge the elite at 205, or wait for GSP to move up for the superfight of all superfights.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Silva in the 2ndRound via TKO
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