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. His 2-3 record at UFC 94 was by far Ngo-stradamus’ worst performance in nearly a year. However he still holds a 45-20 record over the last 13 UFC events. Look for the all-mighty one to rebound vigorously at UFC 95.
Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago
Koscheck seems determined to take his career to the next level in 2009. He has stated that he wants to fight as many as five times this year, in hopes of shooting himself back into title contention. Kos is coming off of a dominating loss to 170-pound top contender Thiago Alves in his last bout at UFC 90, however will be facing a much different Thiago this Saturday.
Paulo Thiago holds a perfect 10-0 record, however this will be his UFC debut, where punches and kicks tend to come out much more tentatively under the bright lights and big stage of the UFC.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Koscheck 1stRound TKO
Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen
Maia is quickly making a name for himself in the UFC. He currently holds an immaculate 9-0 record, ending all his fights before the final bell. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard easily disposed of Nate Quarry in his last bout at UFC 91, and with another impressive win here, a title bout could soon follow.
Sonnen enters the UFC as the WEC’s unofficial middleweight champion. He thoroughly defeated champ Paulo Filho in their matchup, however Filho was unable to make weight, thus making their bout a non-title affair. He has won seven of his last eight bouts, and has been pushing his body to its absolute limits with Team Quest in Oregon.
Although Sonnen will add much needed talent to the UFC’s 185-pound division, this is not his time. Maia is on a mission and has been embarrassing opponents throughout his journey.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Maia 2ndRound Submission
Wilson Gouveia vs. Nate Marquardt
This very well could be the match of the night. Both fighters, along with Maia, are right there for a shot at Anderson Silva’s title. From the outside, Marquardt is the most polished of the three fighters, however Gouveia seems to have found his stride.
He has won six of his last seven bouts, including his last two. In addition, he is one of the division’s most exciting fighters. All but one of his Octagon bouts, win or lose, have ended in finishes.
Marquardt is an imposing figure in the UFC’s middleweight division, as a very large 185-pounder. In addition, he is highly skilled in all aspects of the MMA game, and comes with devastating knockout power. Putting all of those elements together, he could very well be a viable opponent for Silva.
Unfortunately, Silva already destroyed him at UFC 73, and Marquardt has been intent on redeeming himself ever since that loss in 2007. He has won eight of his last 10 bouts and looks to keep that going.
Ngo-stradamus predicts:Marquardt 3rdRound TKO
Dan Hardy vs. Rory Markham
Clearly the UFC sees great potential in at least one of these two fighters. In just their second UFC fight, they have been given the opportuntiy to be the opening act for the main event on a UFC pay-per-view event. That is just unheard of.
At 20-6, Hardy is the more experienced of the two fighters. Although coming from the IFL, Markham has faced a much higher level of competition.
This is a great opportunity for both fighters to make a name for themselves in one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Hardy Unanimous Decision
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson
The lightweight division will be the third UFC weight class that Sanchez has fought in. He stated at Friday’s weigh-ins that he had a little bit of trouble cutting the final 10 pounds, which indicates that he intends to show up at around 170 pounds come fight time.
Stevenson has dropped two of his last three bouts, including a convincing and humbling loss to Kenny Florian in his last outing at UFC 91.
This will be a great challenge for both fighters. Stevenson is hoping to get his career back on track, while Sanchez looks to firmly establish himself in a weight class. These two are pretty evenly matched in all aspects, that being said, as we saw in the GSP-Penn II fight at UFC 94, size does matter.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Sanchez via 2ndRound TKO