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. Although the great Ngo-stradamus posted a meager 3-2 record for UFC 92, he still holds an astonishing 40-15 record over the last eleven UFC events. Read how the almighty Ngo-stradamus foresees UFC 93 playing out.
Jeremy Horn (+250) vs. Rousimar Palhares (-320)
This battle of grapplers should be rather interesting. At this stage in his career, the 34-year-old Horn has more professional MMA fights than the entire UFC roster, combined. This will be Horn’s 104th bout, however he has lost his last two. Adding insult to injury, the crafty Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter was submitted by Dean Lister and Nate Marquardt in those losses.
Unfortunately for Horn, Palhares is one of the most accomplished BJJ fighters in the UFC. Although he lost his last bout to Dan Henderson at UFC 88, by no means was it an embarrassing “L,” as he took the veteran the distance.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Palhares via 3rdRound Submission
Chris Lytle (+105) vs. Marcus Davis (-135)
Lytle has fallen into a bad cycle of winning a fight, then losing in his next appearance. If that holds true, as it has in his last five fights, it might be lights outs for Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. He looked fairly impressive in his unanimous decision win over Paul Taylor at UFC 89, however Davis is a totally different beast.
Davis was on the cusp of having his name mentioned in top contender talks, however his devastating loss to Mike Swick at UFC 85 quickly put an end to that. The former boxer has one of the most potent set of hands in MMA, and showed that he has a respectable submission game when he took out Paul Kelly in his last outing at UFC 89.
Additionally, Davis has won 12 of his last 13 bouts, and he will be fighting in front of his fellow Irishmen.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Davis via 2ndRound TKO
Alan Belcher (+230) vs. Denis Kang (-300)
Belcher holds a 13-5 professional record, and is 4-3 inside of the Octagon. He won a close split decision over Ed Herman in his last outing in September. Although he has decent MMA skills, he will be outmatched if the Kang of old comes out to play.
Kang was once regarded as one of the top three middleweights in the world. It was only recently that he went on a 3-3 skid, however before that, he was 28-7-1 against some of the best 185-pounders in Japan. Now that his UFC debut is finally here, don’t look for him to let this opportunity pass him by.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Kang via 3rdRound TKO
Mark Coleman (+290) vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (-370)
The rematch that only one person really wants to see. Fortunately for Shogun, he is that one. The 44-year-old Coleman has been fighting off the injury bug since his loss to Fedor Emelianenko nearly two years ago. Most thought that he would call it a career, however this veteran has been determined to get back on the MMA map.
The talented, yet oft injured, Brazilian has been chomping at the bit for a rematch since his freakish loss to Coleman nearly two years ago. Not only that, he is determined to prove to UFC fans that he is as good as the hype he entered the organization with.
Rua is finally 100% after 13 months and two knee injuries. If he is able to return to his old form, his fellow 205-pound foes will need to be on high alert. If they aren’t, he will make sure that his domination of Coleman will be heard loud and clear.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Shogun via 2ndRound TKO
Rich Franklin (Even) vs. Dan Henderson (-130)
An intriguing battle of the All-Americans. One appears to be well past his prime, and the other is holding on for dear life to his. Oddly enough, it is the 38-year-old Henderson that enters the bout as a slight favorite.
Both will need to post impressive wins if they intend to challenge for the title, however it appears that the “winner” of the bout will be “rewarded” with the assignment of coaching opposite Michael Bisping on next season’s “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Both fighters have openly stated that they are not interested in coaching on the show.
If Henderson is able to get this fight to the ground, he should be able to ride his superior wrestling skills to a victory. However, Franklin may have the more explosive hands at this point in each of their careers, so look for Henderson to clinch and make this a wrestling match.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Franklin via 3rdRound TKO