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. Once again, the phenomenal Ngo-stradamus went an astonishing 4-1 at UFC 90, bringing his record to 33-12 over the last nine UFC events. Read how the all-mighty Ngo-stradamus foresees UFC 91 playing out.
Tamdan McCrory vs. Dustin Hazelett
McCrory holds an impressive 9-1 record, and is 2-1 in the UFC. However, the majority of his wins have come against lesser skilled fighters than Hazelett. He has solid striking skills and will look to utilize that to avoid Hazelett’s superior ground game.
Hazelett is 4-2 inside the Octagon and was exceptional in his fight against Josh Burkman. He has improved his overall MMA game quite a bit, however his strengths still lie on the mat.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Hazelett via 3rdRound Submission
Damian Maia vs. Nate Quarry
Maia holds a perfect 8-0 MMA record, all ending via submissions. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard made easy work out of up-and-coming middleweights Jason MacDonald and Ed Herman in his last two outings.
Quarry seems to have recovered nicely from his back surgery three years ago. He was rather impressive in his win over Kalib Starnes at UFC 83, however I could have looked good against Starnes that night. Quarry will clearly look to keep this fight standing, wanting to avoid Maia on the ground at all costs.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Maia via 2ndRound Submission
Joe Stevenson vs. Kenny Florian
This is a risky fight for Florian, especially if you consider that he is the division’s top contender and didn’t need to take it. Florian is known as one of the world’s best finishers. Until his last bout against Roger Huerta, he had finished all nine of his wins before the final bell. He will have the reach advantage and should use that to keep the powerful wrestler at bay.
Stevenson is quite peeved that he is the underdog heading into this bout. He’s posted a 6-2 record in one of the UFC’s toughest divisions, with one of his losses coming against current champ BJ Penn. Stevenson will have to find a way to get this fight to the ground to try and get a G’nP or submission win. Although he just received his black belt in BJJ, it will be tough trying to submit the crafty Florian.
This is a very close fight to call…
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Stevenson via Unanimous Decision
Josh Hendricks vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Hendricks holds a 15-4 professional record, however all of his fights have been in C-Level organizations. He has solid ground skills, submitting ten of his previous opponents. He will be making his UFC debut on Saturday.
After pulling off one of the biggest upsets in 2007 when he defeated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gonzaga has lost two of his last three bouts. The good news is that he did win his last, and in this sport, you are only as good as your last fight.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Gonzaga via 2ndRound TKO
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture
Couture will be making his long awaited return to the Octagon against a very dangerous opponent. Many consider Lesnar the future of the heavyweight division, and Lesnar believes that the future is now. Many also question why Lesnar finds himself in a title bout after posting a modest 1-1 record in the UFC. Well as is the case in many things, timing is everything.
Couture will definitely have the advantage in experience, however an area of concern for Couture has to be Lesnar’s massive size advantage. Lesnar is one of the few heavies that has to cut down to make the 265-pound weight limit. If the former All-American wrestler is able to get Couture to the mat, it may be tough for the champ to escape.
Ngo-stradamus doesn’t like betting against Randy, but this time might be the time. Another tough one to call though.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Lesnar via 4thRound TKO