This Saturday (June 20, 2020), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues its stay at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the UFC on ESPN 11. After last week is unhappy soaking in quality, better high-level grouping, the fights will be exposed here. In the main event, we have a classic, but a plus size! – the attacker vs grappler correspond to Alexander Volkov vs Curtis Blaydes. Before the big men throw away, however, we have a few tips to analyze.
Later in the week, we’ll be back to the overview and predicting the biggest fights of the night.
Women of the Rooster: Raquel Pennington vs Marion Reneau
Best wins for Pennington? Miesha Tate For Reneau? Sara McMann
Current In Series: Pennington lost their last fight, while Reneau is 0-2 in his most recent pair of Octagon trips
X-Factor: the sheer inconsistency of these two women
How these two match: This is likely to be a piece.
Pennington got his chance for the title, using boxing, tenacity and air conditioning to outwork many of his peers. Unfortunately, she ran into Amanda Nunes, and the fight went about as expected. Since then, Pennington has struggled consistently, losing two of his next three and underweight.
Reneau is a fearsome boxer with dangerous Brazilian jiu-jitsu. However, she struggled to find systematic success inside the Octagon for a pair of reasons: she’s ready to fight with her back, and she’s ready to kick herself less than her opponent.
Neither woman is trustworthy now. Pennington, at the time, seems physically blow, unable to keep pace as his style demands. Meanwhile, Reneau has a proven history of making bad decisions that cost his victories, and Pennington remains difficult to complete.
All the signs point to a frustrating shared decision in which neither woman is really capable of pulling away. In the end, I’m going to side with Pennington, largely because she is a decade younger and has her only recent win over a relevant name in Irene Aldana.
Prediction: Pennington by decision
Medium weight: Lyman Bon vs Belal Muhammed
Best wins for Well? Chance Rencountree For Muhammed? Randy Brown
Current In Series: Good rebound with a victory from his last outing, while Muhammad won two straight lines
X-Factor: Muhammed of rhythm
How these two match: Ah, here’s the excitement that was promised.
Former Bellator champion Lyman Bon not to play around the inside of the cage. Strong boxer clubbing with power and great physicality, Good a certain veteran of the sport who really saw everything. On the other hand, Muhammad is quietly putting together a whole record at 170 lbs., Having won six of his last seven. Muhammed is all about gravel and air conditioning, a well-rounded fighter who tends to really take over in the second half of combat.
This match comes down to just one question for me: can Muhammed take it well down? If Muhammed can land ground early, the fight is a wrap. Even if he can start to get his fight to go in the second round, “Remember The Name of” is in a good position to continue his victory.
If not well? If the Good is too strong to be contained? Too well known to be dragged down? Well, we have to lean towards the man with a brutal jab and 11 kb wins on his record.
Muhammed has the chin to survive Good offense, but at some point, to eat shots in the hope that your opponent gets tired and starts to give openings is a terrible proposition. Good looked exceptionally controlled yet very violent, while refusing Rencountre fight with relative ease, and although Muhammad is much better at mixing everyone, a repetition of the performance seems possible.
Prediction: Good by decision
Catchweight (160 lbs): Jim Miller vs Roosevelt Roberts
Best wins for Miller? Joe Lauzon For Roberts? Alexander Yakovlev
Current In Series: Miller cut short in “Fight of the evening” winner of his last outing, while Roberts won two straight
X-Factor: Miller sustainability
How these two match: Light (essentially) in action!
Miller has faced a rough streak that seems to indicate an end to his career in the past five years or so, but the New Jersey natives have rebounded! This is not to say that he is a competitor, but Miller remains a naughty submission ace with sneaky power in his hands. At the other end of the equation, Roberts is a “Series Enemy” pickup with a nice mix of skills. Roberts is primarily a grappler wrestler probably best known for his guillotine, but his hands have never been weaker either.
In this case, I’m going to the loser side to Miller. There is certainly a chance that Roberts is able to win largely by youngsters, hence a grounding or large quarterback connection to his favor in close combat. However, Roberts really struggled against Vinc Pichel, the last veteran, he might not win on the mat.
Miller has proven in recent victories over men like Alex Blanc and Jason Gonzalez that he is not a doormat for all-comers. Miller is still a damn good opportunist when it comes to snatching his back, and it seems likely to me that Roberts cannot help himself but initiate trading.
Even if he didn’t win.
Prediction: Miller via submission
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