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. The all-mighty one posted a mediocre 3-2 record at UFC 100, however that still makes him 66-30 over the last 19 UFC events (68.8%, including countless upsets). Check out how he foresees UFC 101 playing out.
Josh Neer (-250) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (+190)
This weekend will be Pellegrino’s eighth Octagon battle and he’s won five in a row. Obviously, the submission ace will be trying to get this fight to the ground as quickly as possible as nine of his 13 career victories have come via tapout.
Neer boasts a 25-7-1 professional mark and has won four of his last five fights. His most recent came in convincing fashion against Mac Danzig at “UFC Fight Night 17” back in February. The Miletich-trained fighter has finished in 21 out of his 25 W’s.
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Neer via 2ndRound TKO
Ricardo Almeida (-160) vs. Kendall Grove (+130)
It’s been a funky road for Grove since taking “The Ultimate Fighter 3” crown three years ago. After earning the six-figure contract, Grove went on to win two straight, then lose a couple straight, only to rebound to the two-fight winning streak he’s currently riding.
It’s tough to say this is a must-win for the popular Grove, but it very well could be considering the free agent middleweight talent that is currently on the open market, ahem Gegard Mousasi.
Almeida has flown below the radar for most UFC fans, however he holds an impressive 10-3 record, 2-1 inside the Octagon. Although he is highly skilled, six of his wins have come via decision, something that UFC brass is not particularly fond of … just ask Yushin Okami.
Of interesting note, it’s curious to see that Almeida is favored entering this fight. Perhaps that has to do more with Grove’s inconsistencies than Almeida’s abilities?
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Grove via Unanimous Decision
Johny Hendricks (-115) vs. Amir Sadollah (-115)
Speaking of former “TUF” winners, Sadollah makes his official UFC debut since taking his season of the popular reality show. Sadollah has found a new home with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and has been fighting off nagging injuries since we last saw him.
He will be putting his perfect 1-0 record on the line against a dangerous, yet fairly inexperienced opponent. Hendricks holds a 5-0 record with all ending in finishes except for his last bout where he took a unanimous decision over Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39.
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Sadollah via Unanimous Decision
Anderson Silva (-500) vs. Forrest Griffin (-300)
Is it just me, or have people forgotten how good Anderson Silva can be? Sure he has looked bored and nonchalant through his last two scraps, but who could blame him. Respect to Patrick Cote and Thales Leites, but my heart didn’t necessarily beat faster when I heard they were assigned to Silva. So, imagine how “The Spider” felt.
Winning and doing it impressively are two completely different things, specifically in the UFC. Perhaps that is why Silva finds himself as the second-to-last fight instead of the headliner.
I thought that MMA oddsmakers would have realized after seeing Georges St-Pierre get upset by Matt Serra that there are no”gimmie” fights in mixed martial arts. Seeing Silva as a 5-to-1 favorite over an opponent like Griffin is startling.
Griffin is a big light heavyweight with knockout power and a solid ground game. He’s got cardio for days and entering his last fight, was the champ in the UFC’s sexiest division.
Am I missing something here?
I can certainly see Anderson returning to his old form, especially considering that Griffin is a legit threat, however I definitely wouldn’t be shy about throwing down some cheddar on Forrest just for underdog’s sake.
Remember Shogun at UFC 76 …
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Silva via 2ndRound TKO
Kenny Florian (+210) vs. BJ Penn (-270 – UFC Lightweight Champion)
It’s been over a year since Penn’s defended his 155-pound belt at UFC 84. Many believe that BJ will pick right back up where he left off, while there are a few others that are wondering if he’s gotten fat and comfortable again.
The Hawaiian has clearly been the class of the division since re-entering it, finishing all three of his contests en route to capturing UFC gold. The question will be how he bounces back from his humbling loss to welterweight stud GSP at UFC 94 earlier this year.
Speaking of GSP, the French-Canadian shared some tricks of the trade with Florian to help him prepare for his second title fight. Florian picked, prodded and trained with the only man to ever humiliate Penn in a fight, hoping some of that magic will rub off on him.
Florian’s got the tools to do it. He’s a very intelligent fighter, good all-around and is long. Penn won’t get to enjoy “The Awe” factor that most others suffer from when facing him, but he will have a significant advantage on his feet.
The key will be to see if Florian can use his length advantage, especially with his legs, to keep Penn on the outside looking in. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Florian tries to take this to the mat, assuming he’s on top of course, and unleash some vicious G’nP with his wicked elbows (Kenny’s a Bostonian, so I’m sure he appreciates the “wicked” reference).
Ngo-stradamus Predicts: Florian via 5thRound TKO