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 an impressive 8-2 mark over the last two UFC events, let’s see if the all-mighty one can win you folks some more dough this Super Bowl weekend.
Frank Trigg (+105) vs. Matt Serra (-135)
What to make of this fight … at least they REALLY don’t like each other.
Serra, who is never one to shy away from a good verbal sparring session, holds a mundane 9-6 professional record but hasn’t been seen since dropping a unanimous decision to another bitter rival, Matt Hughes, at UFC 98 last May.
In his Octagon return at UFC 103, Trigg was humiliated by a much younger and hungrier Josh Koscheck. Prior to the 1stRound TKO loss, Trigg had rolled off four consecutive wins against the who’s who-is-this of MMA.
It has already been agreed upon that Trigg is out of the UFC should he post back-to-back losses, however Serra’s Octagon future may be in doubt if he gets easily handled as well.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Trigg via Unanimous Decision
Dan Miller (+275) vs. Demian Maia vs. (-375)
Miller is coming off a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC 98. Prior to the defeat, it was definitely Miller Time as he was perfect through is previous nine.
Speaking of winning streaks, Maia had been unbeaten in his first 11 professional matches before he ran into Nate Marquardt’s first at UFC 102. Before being sent into unconsciousness, nobody was hotter in the UFC’s 185-pound division than Maia.
It will be interesting to see how the Brazilian jiu jitsu wizard responds to adversity against the gritty Miller.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Maia via 3rdRound Submission
Paulo Thiago (+175) vs. Mike Swick (-220)
In his last outing, Swick was thoroughly humbled by Dan Hardy in their matchup at UFC 105. Swick had been perfect through his last four fights, however the unanimous decision loss cost Swick a shot at the title as Hardy now challenges Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111.
After Saturday’s scrap, Thiago will have faced American Kickboxing Academy’s top three welterweights. Although he shocked the MMA world when he knocked out Josh Koscheck at UFC 95, Jon Fitch was able to avenge the good AKA name by posting a win over Thiago at UFC 100.
If there is going to be one upset on this card, the all-mighty one senses that this might be it …
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Thiago via 2ndRound TKO
Chael Sonnen (+250) vs. Nate Marquardt (-350)
Sonnen is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over former middleweight top contender Yushin Okami at UFC 104, which was clearly his most significant win to date. The Team Quest-trained fighter is riding a two-fight win streak and has rolled off wins in four of his last five scraps.
Marquardt was expecting to be in a 5Round title affair after posting three consecutive (T)KO wins over Martin Kampmann, Wilson Gouveia and Demian Maia, respectively, however it appears Nate “The Great” will have to prove his top contender status once again.
Although Marquardt is the superior fighter on paper, being a 3.5-to-1 favorite over someone as accomplished as Sonnen may be a little much.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Marquardt via 3rdRound TKO
Mark Coleman (+300) vs. Randy Couture (-400)
Can you imagine a 45-year-old being a 4-to-1 favorite entering a major league mixed martial arts fight? Well believe it, because Couture comes into Saturday’s showdown as a significant favorite over the 44-year-old Coleman.
Despite having lost two of his last three contests, oddsmakers believe “The Natural” has more left in the MMA tank, especially after his impressive, if not controversial, unanimous decision over Brandon Vera at UFC 105.
Like Couture, Coleman has also dropped two of his last three fights, but managed to turn back the hands of time to take a unanimous decision over a much younger Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100.
The UFC received quite a bit of fan backlash after they announced this Hall of Fame matchup would headline a major UFC fight card, so we’ll see how strongly they protested once the official attendance numbers are released.
Ngo-Stradamus Predicts: Couture via Unanimous Decision