The world knows Nostradamus as the man who predicted many major world events. Well 5thRounders, Ngo-stradamus will look to do the same thing, but in the context of the MMA world. Let’s see if the all-mighty one can make another lucrative set of predictions for Saturday’s “UFC 112: Invincible” event.
Mark Munoz (-200) vs. Kendall Grove (+160)
Munoz will be riding an impressive three-fight winning streak into the Concert Arena in Abu Dhabi. The Reign fighter stakes claim to a dominant 7-1 pro mark, with his only blemish coming in his Octagon debut against Matt Hamill at UFC 96 in March 2009.
Grove’s career has been quite the roller coaster after taking “The Ultimate Fighter 3″ tournament back in June 2006. He was last seen wrapping his lanky legs around Jake Rosholt’s neck at UFC 106 to earn a triangle choke submission victory.
The W bumped his record to 11-6, however what’s most impressive is that he’s finished in nine of his 11 wins.
This isn’t necessarily the classic striker vs. grappler matchup, but it’s pretty close. If Grove can control the center of the Octagon and keep the fight standing, it could be long night for Munoz. However, most believe the Filipino’s world-class wrestling will prove to be the difference in this one.
There was a lot of movement on this betting line. Munoz emerged at -145, however started gradually climbing as this week progressed.
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Munoz via 2ndRound TKO
Terry Etim (-175) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (+145)
Etim owns an impressive 14-2 professional record and is perfect through his last four contests. Although his length has enabled him to be one of the division’s most dynamic strikers, the Brit’s submission skills are his bread and butter.
He has finished in all but one of his 14 wins, 11 coming by way of tapout.
The 25-year-old dos Anjos will be riding a three-fight winning streak into the lightweight scrap. He holds a 13-4 pro mark, however his victories vary in levels of excitement as six have come via electrifying submission, while the judges have awarded him the same amount of wins.
There are two ways the all-mighty one sees this playing out. It will either end with a spectacular submission finish or in an uneventful decision.
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Etim via Unanimous Decision
Matt Hughes (-400) vs. Renzo Gracie (+300)
The 43-year-old Gracie owns a 13-6-1 professional record, however hasn’t been seen since receiving a controversial disqualification victory in February 2007 over Frank Shamrock.
Hughes took a unanimous decision over his bitter rival, Matt Serra, in his last outing at UFC 98 in May 2009. The W bumped his record to a dominant 43-7, however the 36-year-old has only won two of his last five scraps.
Don’t expect this legend vs. legend fight to stay standing too long, as both ground gurus would love nothing more than to start the contest on the canvas. Hughes’ superior wrestling should enable him to collect countless takedowns, but the question will be whether Gracie can avoid Hughes’ ground ‘n pound long enough to lock in a submission.
There was quite a bit of activity on this line. Hughes began at a whooping -550, however it appears the money started to move towards Gracie.
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Hughes via 3rdRound TKO
BJ Penn (-700) vs. Frankie Edgar (+475)
Edgar showed drastic improvement with his boxing in his wins over Sean Sherk and Matt Veach, however his ability to fight against bigger opponents was what stood out the most. The Jersey boy was overwhelmed by Gray Maynard’s size in a lopsided unanimous decision loss in April 2008, the only blemish on his 11-1 resume.
Penn owns a dominant 15-5-1 record and will go down as the lightweight division’s G.O.A.T. when it’s all said and done. In his last outing at UFC 107, he earned a 5thRound TKO victory when he sliced Diego Sanchez’s forehead open with his shin.
Edgar can pick his poison on Saturday. Although his hands are much improved, they aren’t nearly as lethal as the champ’s. At the same time, his wrestling may be superior, but there wouldn’t be much of an advantage on the canvas against the Brazilian jiu jitsu wizard – even in top position.
That’s assuming he Edgar can actually take Penn down and keep him there, of course.
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Penn via 2ndRound TKO
Anderson Silva (-800) vs. Demian Maia (+500)
Maia took a unanimous decision over Dan Miller at UFC 109 in February. The Brazilian jiu jitsu wizard owns an impressive 12-1 professional record and has finished in 10 of those W’s, eight by way of submission.
Although he was able to showcase his improved standup game against Miller, it’s highly unlikely Maia will test those waters against the sport’s most efficient striker.
“The Spider” was last seen embarrassing Forrest Griffin with a vicious barrage of jabs at UFC 101. Silva is currently riding an 11-fight win streak, disposing all but one of those foes before the final horn.
MMA’s baddest 185-pounder owns a dominant 25-4 professional record and has proven countless times that he can end a fight in a multitude of ways. When the soon-to-be 35-year-old decides to hand up his gloves, he will undoubtedly go down as the best to ever compete in the middleweight division.
Silva will dictate how exciting this fight will be. If he wants to finish in explosive fashion, there will be ample opportunity for him to add to his extensive highlight reel collection. If he wants to mess around like he has in his last two title defenses, we could be looking at UFC 111 all over again – but this time it will be outdoors in Abu Dhabi.
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Silva via 2ndRound TKO
Sorry for the boring predictions, but as hard as the all-mighty one tried, Ngo-stradamus just couldn’t see an underdog walking away victorious. March Madness is over and so are the upsets.