UFC 90: Break It Down

John StrauserContributor IOctober 22, 2008

UFC 90 is the type of pay-per-view you are willing to watch if you dont have to pay for it.  Sure there are interesting matchups, but nothing that you have to see.  We'll start at the top.


Anderson Silva vs Patrick Cote

There will never be a bigger upset than if Cote wins this fight.  This would be a bigger upset than Georges St. Pierre vs Matt Serra. 

Cote has a terrible ground game (submission losses to Travis Lutter & Joe Doerkson, yes that Joe Doerkson) and has struggled against mediocre strikers (decision loss to Chris Leben and decision win vs Scott Smith.)

The only reason he gets the fight is due to an extremely thin division, as well as an injury to true number one contender, Yushin Okami.  Nobody has taken Anderson Silva out of the second round, and it is certainly not going to Patrick Cote.


Josh Koscheck vs Thiago Alves

This is an interesting matchup that was put together on two weeks notice.  Both fighters are looking to continue their winning streak and earn a shot at the welterweight title. 

Alves has already lost  one fight to an AKA standout in Jon Fitch—look for Koscheck to make that two fights.  Expect it to go to a decision.


Sean Sherk vs Tyson Griffin 

There is nothing appealing about this fight.  Both are extremely talented wrestlers with endless cardio, and that's it. 

Sherk is coming off a devastating loss to BJ Penn and Tyson is coming off a lackluster win over Marcus Aurelio.  If there is ever a matchup that will go to a decision, this is the one. 


Fabricio Werdum vs Junior dos Santos

Werdum is coming off of two big stoppages over former no. 1 contender Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera, and now he faces off against UFC newcomer Junior dos Santos. 

Werdum looked to be in line for a title shot against the winner of the Frank Mir vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fight in December, but got bumped down the ladder when Randy Couture decided to come back. 

If he is indeed going to get a shot at the belt, this is a must win, and might also have to fight again before fighting for the belt. 


Gray Maynard vs Rich Clementi

Maynard puts his undefeated record on the line against young gun killer Rich Clementi who has won his last four UFC fights against up and comers Melvin Guillard, Anthony Johnson, Sam Stout, and Terry Etim. 

Gray is a tremendous wrestler who will put an end to Clementi's streak in what should be an exciting fight to start the pay-per-view.