Originally published on Hellions Magazine October 25, 2008.
After taking a break from UFC 89, Krone Meltzer is back for his homeboys, Hellions Magazine to give my predictions for UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote. Going an even 2-2 after UFC 88 (with Matt Hamill and the left field KO of Chuck Liddell), my record now stands at 5-2.
This next card should be a good one and while many of people don’t see it as a phenomenal card (as it isn’t one), it still has five solid bouts and all of them should be great. Personally, I see all of these fights having a big effect on their weight division rankings and really push people higher or further down the list. With that being said, here is my rundown of the UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote card.
Gray Maynard vs. Rich Clementi
This is a hard fight for me to call here to start off. While Gray Maynard does own a recent win over Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, it was by a decision, albeit unanimous. As for Rich Clementi, his most recent win NOT by decision was against Melvin Guillard with a rear naked choke. Since then, he has defeated Sam Stout and Terry Etim by decision, nothing to shout about. I don’t see either of these men finishing off their opponent, but it’s going to be a battle. Personally, I see Gray Maynard winning this bout by a unanimous decision as Rich Clementi won’t be able to finish him off at all in this fight.
Winner: Gray Maynard by Unanimous Decision
Tyson Griffin vs. Sean Sherk
For those of you wondering, this will indeed by Sean Sherk’s first fight since his loss toBJ Penn back at UFC 84, and to be honest, I see this being a normal Sean Sherk fight. Despite the love I have for Tyson Griffin, I have learned my lesson with picking my favorites (thanks Matt Hamill) and clearly see Sherk laying out another victory here. When your record is 32-3 like Sean Sherk and your only losses are to Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, and GSP, that’s saying something. In the same respect, Tyson Griffin holds a powerful 12-1 record with his only loss coming to Frankie Edgar. Either way, I don’t see Griffin winning here as I think Sherk is too dead set on getting his title back and the journey starts at UFC 90.
Winner: Sean Sherk by Unanimous Decision
Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior dos Santos
This fight should be the second easiest fight of the night to call as Fabricio is coming off two huge wins against both Brandon Vera and Gabrielle Gonzaga. There is no question that he is going to head into UFC 90 with anything on his mind but stopping Junior in the first round. A win here would clearly put him in the running to face the winner of the small Lesnar/Couture/Mir/Nog tournament. I say Werdum punishes Junior dos Santos and gains a big victory that will go a long way here.
Winner: Fabricio Werdum via. 1st Round TKO
Thiago Alves vs. Josh Koscheck
Stepping in for the injured Diego Sanchez is the wrestler himself Josh Koscheck and this right here is what I see as the real fight of the night. Both Koscheck and Alves are ranked in the top 5 at the welterweight division according to mmaweekly. com and are looking for a future title fight with either GSP, BJ Penn, or possibly Jake Shields who if he comes to the UFC would be first in line in my opinion. While Koscheck’s last loss came to GSP, and he has improved since then, the up and coming Thiago Alves is just to impressive in my mind to not give him the nod here. Holding three consecutive TKO victories against Chris Lytle, then Karo Parisyan, and then Matt Hughes, that is really impressive. I see the very same fate for Josh Koscheck, possibly eating another flying knee when going in for a takedown on Alves, giving him the victory here.
Winner: Thiago Alves via. 2nd Round TKO
UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Anderson Silva (c) vs. Patrick Cote
The main event of the evening may be the most lop sided title fight in quite some time. Granted, anything can happen in MMA as proved by Seth Petruzelli knocking out MMA bad boy Kimbo Slice in :14 seconds, but Anderson Silva is FAR from being Kimbo Slice. “The Spider” is going to come out for this fight and continue to prove to the world that he is the best pound for pound fighter. Not taking anything away from Patrick Cote at all, but I don’t know if there is a middleweight walking this planet right now who can beat Anderson Silva. He is just too good right now and too far on top of his game to suffer a loss. With that said, I believe the less said about this fight, the better.
Winner: Anderson Silva via. 1st Round TKO
So that wraps things up for me here as I will surely be back here for UFC 91 when bothBrock Lesnar and Randy “The Natural” Couture meet in what is sure to be the biggest fight in UFC history. Be sure to tune into UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote and listen to the Hellions Magazine podcast folks, but until next time, I am Krone Meltzer saying “Take your vitamins, say your prayers, drink your Moutain Dew, eat your chicken wings and one day, you too can be just like Krone Meltzer.” Thank you.