UFC 90 fight-by-fight preview
UFC middleweight champion
Silva was originally anticipated to face
Most of the pre-fight hype has concentrated on Silva and talk about his retirement with not much concentrating on the actual fight itself. In either aspect of the fight, Silva has the advantage being both the better striker and grappler of the two. Cote's best chance will be to stay on the outside and pick his shots, possibly dragging the fight to a decision.
Silva should be able to outclass Cote on the feet, tagging him from all angles with an array of punches, kicks and knees. As the fight wears on, Cote will take it to the ground and Silva will be able to lock on a submission to successfully defend his title once again.
Alves was originally scheduled to face
Koscheck has the advantage on the ground with his strong wrestling base and solid submission defense, where he can control the fight. If the fight stays on the feet, then Alves has a slight edge being more well rounded on the feet with kicks and knees, while Koscheck has better hands.
Unlike Hughes, Koscheck will be able to take Alves down and keep him there because of his superior wrestling technique and explosive attack. Expect Koscheck to get the fight to the ground and pound on Alves for three rounds, winning a decision.
Former UFC lightweight champion
With a win over Sherk, Griffin would likely put himself in position to get a shot at the UFC lightweight title, while on other side, Sherk will look to get back on the winning track. This will be a battle of two of the best wrestlers in the UFC lightweight division, so it's interesting to see who will get the upper hand in this match-up.
Both fighters have such similar styles that the fight will basically come down to which fighter is able to capitalize on the other's mistake. Sherk needs to go back to his roots and take the fight to the ground as staying on his feet didn't work out too good for him in his last fight, while Griffin will want the fight on the feet.
Neither fighter can afford a loss at this point making this fight all the more important. Look for Sherk to take the fight to the ground and keep it there, smothering Griffin and not letting him work as he gets back on the winning track with a decision victory.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world champion
With another victory under his belt, Werdum will no doubt be next in line to get a shot at the UFC heavyweight title -- once the UFC's four-man tournament plays out -- after his impressive streak of wins. Santos on the other hand will look to make a big splash in his UFC debut by taking down one of the division's better fighters.
Although Santos is a ground fighter, Werdum still holds the advantage in that area just because of his credentials and technique on the ground. On the feet, Werdum has improved by leaps and bounds since joining up with the Chute Boxe Academy and that gives him the edge too.
Santos is basically a sacrificial lamb for Werdum, as he needs something to keep him busy until he is given an opportunity to fight for the title. Look for Werdum to hurt Santos on the feet then take it to the ground where he'll finish it with a submission.
Xtreme Couture lightweight
This fight was originally scheduled to be on the undercard but injuries in other fights gave these two a chance to display their skills in front of the TV audience. Either way, this fight is interesting because of the style clash between the two fighters.
Maynard looked really impressive in his last fight, so he'll be looking to use the same strategy by taking the fight to the ground and punishing Clementi with strikes. Clementi will also want the fight on the ground, but with him on top, where he can control position and the pace of the fight.
This should be a back and fourth affair with both fighters having their moments throughout the fight, but the difference will be in Maynard's size and strength advantage. He'll be able to bully Clementi to the ground and that will be the difference as he pulls out a decision victory.
Dynamic Brazilian middleweight
IFL middleweight champion
In a battle of former teammates, perennial UFC contender
New York native