Here's how I see UFC 90 in Chicago playing out on Saturday.
History suggests Cote shouldn't be much of a threat to the UFC middleweight champion. Barring a wayward punch, Silva's night against a shorter striker, who's not known for wrestling or submission work, should conclude with the champ's ninth consecutive finish. Expect the end to come from the outside. Cote's a veteran striker who should defend his way out of Silva's tangling Thai clinch. But that could leave him lunging to find the Brazilian's chin, leaving an opening to be countered.
An excellent fight -- and to think it was made just two weeks ago when
It's raw power versus experience. Looking at their records, Clementi owns a 39-fight edge. But that gulf shouldn't bother Maynard, a big, physical wrestler who's improved with each outing. Expect Maynard to pressure Clementi with takedowns. He won't hit all of them, but he'll land enough to control the fight. Clementi's best bet is snagging a submission, which he's more than capable of doing, especially against someone who hasn't been called upon to fend off serious choke and joint lock threats.
Werdum gets a break here. While he deserves to fight
If Silva stopping Cote isn't enough of a guarantee for you, then rest easy knowing this lightweight tilt will go the distance. Prior to losing to