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. The all-mighty one rebounded nicely with a 4-1 record at UFC 95 and now holds a 49-21 record over the last 14 UFC events. Read below to see how he foresees UFC 96 playing out.
Pete Sell (-135) vs. Matt Brown (+105)
Brown entered “The Ultimate Fighter 7” with lofty expectations. He was favored by many to win the season, however showed that he still has a ways to go. He currently holds a modest 8-7 record and is 2-1 inside of the Octagon.
Sell is a former “TUF 4” contestant, who has also had his troubles in the UFC. He finally got off the snide at UFC 90 by defeating Josh Burkman, however had dropped his previous three fights for the organization.
The UFC must see something special in at least one of these two, as they are choosing to showcase them on the night’s televised bouts, leaving Brandon Vera and former “TUF 3” winner Kendall Grove looking in from the outside.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Sell via 2ndRound TKO
Gray Maynard (-180) vs. Jim Miller (+150)
Although Maynard still holds a perfect 6-0 record, he hasn’t shown the ability to finish fights. His last three UFC affairs have ended with unanimous decision victories, something that will not put him in title talks anytime soon.
Miller and his brother Dan, have exploded onto the UFC scene since coming over from the IFL last year. Jim has posted a perfect 2-0 record inside of the Octagon, and hasn’t lost a fight in over two years. Of his 13 wins, 10 have ended before the fight’s final bell.
That kind of aggressiveness against a wrestler will prove to be the difference in this bout.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Miller via Unanimous Decision
Mark Munoz (+145) vs. Matt Hamill (-175)
This is an interesting fight for Hamill. He has alternated between wins and losses in his last five bouts, and if that pattern holds true, Munoz will be walking away victorious in his UFC debut. For a wrestler, Hamill has immensely improved his striking, as four of his five wins have come via TKO.
Munoz holds a perfect 5-0 record, however he has never faced an opponent of Hamill’s caliber. Prior to his last two WEC bouts, his other three wins were in D-level organizations. Although he has great potential, the Octagon jitters may get the better of him on Saturday.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Hamill via 3rdRound TKO
Shane Carwin (+145) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (-175)
Gonzaga continues to be an enigma in the heavyweight division. After his devastating knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, he dropped his next two fights to then-champ Randy Couture and Fabricio Werdum. He has rebounded nicely by posting wins over lesser opponents in Justin McCully and Josh Hendricks in his last two outings, however will have to prove that he can play with the big boys if he wants another shot at the title.
Carwin holds a perfect 10-0 record, with his last two W’s coming in the UFC. Physically, he is a chiseled block of granite that has been able to overpower many of his opponents. What is most impressive about Carwin is that he has finished off all of his opponents on his way to victory lane.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Carwin via 3rdRound TKO
Keith Jardine (+250) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (-320)
If Rampage’s first fight back after losing his title was any indication of what the light heavyweight division is in store for, then the other 205-pounders need to be on high alert. Rampage’s stand up looked sharp and powerful in his win over longtime foe Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92.
He has won seven of his last eight bouts, with the title loss to Forrest Griffin his only blemish. With a win, Jackson is all but guaranteed to earn first crack at Rashad Evans’ new belt, however Jardine does pose some interesting threats.
Jardine holds wins over two former UFC champs in Chuck Liddell and Griffin. When Griffin edged out a unanimous decision win over Rampage, he used a diversified array of strikes, primarily kicks to Jackson’s lead leg, that kept the former champion off balance.
Those kicks proved to be the difference in the bout, as Rampage wasn’t able to advance forward as quickly, or sustain a solid enough plant foot to generate knockout power in his hands.
In Jardine’s win over Liddell, he was able to neutralize the former champ’s punching power by changing levels with his kicks. He threw them early and often, leaving Liddell with a bruised up left side and a loss.
Before being knocked out, Silva was able to land solid kicks to Jackson’s legs. If Rampage continues to not check his opponents kicks, he will be in for a world of hurt. Just ask “The Iceman.”
Ngo-stradamus predicts: Rampage via 2ndRound KO