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 horrendous 1-4 record at UFC 101, yet he’s still 67-34 over the last 19 UFC events (66%, including countless upsets). Check out how he foresees UFC 102 playing out.
Chris Leben (-135) vs. Jake Roshol (+105)
Leben was last seen dropping a convincing unanimous decision to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 back in December 2008. Following the loss, it was revealed that Leben had taken roids and has been on the sidelines since.
Roshol holds a 5-1 professional record, however was subbed by Jim Miller in his Octagon debut at “UFC Fight Night 17.” Despite the L, Roshol still finds himself on the televised portion of a UFC pay-per-view event.
Sometimes, when you lose, you actually win…
Ngo-Stredamus Predicts: Leben via 2ndRound TKO
Krzysztof Soszynski (+170) vs. Brandon Vera (-210)
Just a couple of years back, Vera was considered one of the UFC’s brightest young stars. However, the Filipino has only won two of his last three contests and hasn’t looked particularly impressive in any of the fights, excluding his last at UFC 96 where he leg kicked Michael Patt into submission.
Soszynski has won eight consecutive fights, the last three coming inside the Octagon. The most impressive aspect regarding his 18-8-1 record is the fact that all but one of his W’s ended with a finish.
Ngo-Stredamus Predicts: Soszynski via 3rdRound TKO
Nate Marquardt (-175) vs. Damian Maia (+145)
This fight was supposed to determine who would get next crack at middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s title, however Vitor Belfort’s signing, coupled with Dan Henderson’s performance at UFC 100 forced the organization to rethink their original plan.
Marquardt has looked vicious since losing to Silva at UFC 73 in July of 2007. After losing that title fight, he has finished in all three of his wins, however suffered a minor hiccup when he controversially lost to Thales Leites via split decision at UFC 85.
Maia might be one of the best fighters the world doesn’t talk about. He holds a perfect 10-0 record, with all but one of those wins ending before the final bell. He hasn’t faced a fighter in Marquardt’s league yet, so it will be interesting to see if he’s able to up his game.
Ngo-Stredamus Predicts: Marquardt via Unanimous Decision
Thiago Silva (+110) vs. Keith Jardine (-140)
If Jardine’s recent trend holds true, Silva is in a lot of trouble. Jardine has alternated between wins and losses over his last six contests, and was last seen dropping a unanimous decision to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 96.
Up until Lyoto Machida separated Silva from his senses at UFC 94, he held a perfect 13-0 record. This will be his first bout since losing that pivotal match-up as he’s since gone on to watch Machida capture the light heavyweight crown.
This one could be a slug-out, or a slow-paced grappling match. Ngo-stradamous believes that Jardine will be the one that determines where the fight goes, however could be in trouble before too soon.
Ngo-Stredamus Predicts: Silva via 3rdRound TKO
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+150) vs. Randy Couture (-180)
Interesting that Couture enters this long-awaited heavyweight fight almost a 2-to-1 favorite…
Both icons are looking to bounce back from title fight losses as Big Nog was slapped silly for his interim strap by Frank Mir at UFC 92 and Couture was thrashed by reigning heavyweight king Brock Lesnar at UFC 91.
Big Nog presents the size and ground skills that could put Captain America in jeopardy, however if Nogueira’s stand-up game looks like it did against Mir, he’s gonna be in serious trouble as Couture’s hand speed should give him the edge if the fight remains standing.
Interesting that Couture enters this long-awaited heavyweight fight almost a 2-to-1 favorite…Oh, did I already say that?
Ngo-Stredamus Predicts: Nogueira via Unanimous Decision