Post UFC 98: Expectations and Predictions

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IMay 23, 2009

CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 14:  UFC fighter Rashad Evans presents the Best Shooter award onstage at Spike TV's 2008 'Video Game Awards' held at Sony Pictures' Studios on December 14, 2008 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)

While everyone will be partying like a rockstar in Vegas after UFC 98, the show really begins backstage beginning with the winning and losing fighters at the podium.

After Dana White talks a bit about how successful the event was, and how surprised he was at some of the outcomes, the fighters take a second to process what just happened to them (for the better or worse) and they begin their night after the final bell.

My predictions are key on the main event of the evening, as after Rashad talks, the rest of the fighters should crumble right into place.

What Could Happen: Machida could be a gracious Shogunate in defeat, as Rashad  left him breathless after a right hand that nearly makes him look like one of the terminators in the new Terminator 4 film.

The Matt's bicker with a microphone in front of their rampant tirades. Hughes is triumphant in defeat, while the Brooklyn brawler declares an early stoppage, and a new Shamrock-Ortiz-like feud is born, with at least two more fights expected in the future.

Dave Kaplan runs his fingers through his curly blond locks, as he gets into an argument with media about how urine is very good for the body.  Yoshida laughs, but it sounds like a snort because he still has a problem breathing from his last, not at the hands of Koscheck, but at Brandon Wolff's pleasure.

Philippe Nover comes in very classy, and with his fashionable glasses draped over his cut-less eyes, he begins building up his career once again after a dirty submission win over Kyle Bradley.

What Likely Will Happen: Rashad begins talking about how badly he wants Rampage after his decision loss to Machida. He says, "If Black on Black crime is wrong, then I don't want to be right".

Machida talks about his counter punching ability, and how he will never fight his friend Anderson Silva for the title.

Serra says the feud is over, and that his win let him take out any aggression he had on the aging wonder known now simply as Hughes.

What Is Sure to Happen: Rampage vs Evans, regardless of the outcome.

Nover wears flashy glasses.

GSP will be speaking to some media member.