On this Saturday, October 25th, the UFC will hit us once again with a decent night of fights. The main event being the UFC MW champion Anderson Silva defending against the hard hitting Canadian and Season 4 TUF'er Patrick Cote. Here we will take a look at each fight that's expected to air on the PPV portion of the card. I'll be giving my opinion on how I think each fight will go and who I think will win. I've been doing pretty well thus far this year, so we'll see if I can keep the ball rolling. Let's get into it:
Gray Maynard vs. Rich Clementi-Both Maynard and Clementi are riding impressive winning streaks coming into this match up. Maynard is a power house wrestler that's evolving his game under the guidance of Randy Couture. Clementi is a UFC veteran with a big edge in experience over Maynard. Maynard has shown that he is capable of more than just taking people down and winning via lay and pray. He does have some striking ability and is absolutely relentless. I don't think Clementi will be able to knock Maynard out, nor will he be able to win via decision. The only way I see Clementi winning this fight is via submission in which he is well versed in. I see Maynard dictating the pace of this fight and he'll decide when he wants to stand and trade. If he ends up on the losing end of the exchanges, he'll be able to take Clementi down when he wants to. Then at that point he'll have to push the pace and impose his will on Clementi winning via decision, or via TKO late in the third.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior dos Santos-Admittedly I don't know much about Santos, but in Dana White's Vlog Episode 3 they show a clip of him hitting the pads. He at least looks to have good size and seems to be pretty explosive. Werdum is a BJJ wizard on the ground and has good size himself. He has also demonstrated a better stand up game as of late, and seems to have the will to finish fights now. Werdum is pissed that Brock Lesnar has been giving a shot at Randy Couture. I think he comes out with something to prove and wins this one handily via submission.
Sean Sherk vs. Tyson Griffin-I will say this, I would be willing to bet that this one definitely goes to a decision. Both fighters haven't shown the ability to put their opponents away. Both guys are very strong wrestlers, and both guys have great stamina. I think Sherk will be able to take Griffin down if he chooses to do so, or he may want to stand and trade like he did against BJ Penn. Sherk's only losses have been to GSP, Matt Hughes, and most recently BJ Penn. I don't think Griffin has quite reached that level yet. Sherk via Decision.
Thiago Alves vs. Josh Koscheck-I can't wait for this fight, but I have to admit I was really looking forward to Alves vs. Sanchez. Many people are counting Koscheck out for some odd reason which is retarded, as I think he has a better chance of beating Alves than Sanchez did. Karo Parisyan took Alves down pretty easily in the first round of their fight, so I don't see Koscheck having a problem doing it either. In fact, I think he will be able to dictate where the fight takes place. The take down factor in this fight will limit Alves arsenal of kicks that he likes to use. All Koscheck has to do is limit the number of huge bolo punches he likes to load up on and keep Alves guessing. I think Koscheck will fight a smart fight in that he'll take Alves down and grind out a decision. That's how he'll have to fight if he plans on fighting against Yoshida in December like he says he wants to.
Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote-It's great that we get to see arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world once again. Many people are counting Cote out in this fight, but MMA always has a way of reminding us that anything can happen in the fight game. Cote is sounding pretty confident in the pre-fight interviews, just like he did when he was going into the McFedries fight. However, he is fighting a totally different animal this coming weekend. I expect Cote to come out and try to establish a jab or utilize some leg kicks to gauge the distance. Silva always sizes his opponents up in the first 2-3 minutes of the fight, and then decides what he wants to do from there. He'll probably recognize Cote's gameplan of sticking and moving as well as the possible takedown(I think Cote will try to at some point). Cote only has a punchers chance in my honest opinion. Anderson Silva has never been knocked out, and I don't ever recall him even being hurt in a fight. With that said, I have Silva putting Cote away early in the 2nd round mainly because Cote will be pretty cautious in the first. I must say that in the Din Thomas interview I conducted this week, he stated that this is a trap fight for Anderson Silva and don't be surprised if he wins this weekend.
There you have it, MMA4Real's breakdown of how the fights will go at UFC 90. Feel free to drop your fight predictions in the comments sections, or just comment on what you think of my thoughts. It should be a fun night of fights and I'll be back with my review of UFC 90 after the event is over.