UFC 173 Main Card (analysis)
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UFC 173 Main Card (analysis)
Lawler vs. Ellenberger
Cormier vs. Henderson
Barao vs. Dillashaw
1st Fight: Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler vs. Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger (170 lbs.)
IT’S TIME! Robbie Lawler a long-time MMA vet is finally at the top of the welterweight division, coming off a razor thin split-decision loss to Now Champ Johny Hendricks, Robbie wants to get back and hold that strap. Opposing him on the other corner is the hard hitting Jake Ellenberger, whos had a struggle climbing to a potential shot to face the champion. With a win, either of these men could potentially be next to face hendricks after he comes back from his surgery.
Lawler’s performance against Hendricks was outstanding. By out-striking and keeping his back off the ground, he was able to inflict damage and almost win him the fight. In this fight, he is still facing an explosive striker, but a much smaller one. He has to keep distance and of course imply his striking to force a stop on the athletic Ellenberger. Cardio on the later rounds of his bout with Hendricks was the reason why he lost the fight, hopefully now his improved training can prove him to still be a force to reckon with throughout the rounds of his fight. His cardio is the most effective tool he needs to get back to the top,and show his striking skills. By forcing Ellenberger to move forward, the much bigger Robbie can land a counter combination and finish of the juggernaut. Another tool that can expand the effectiveness of his standup are leg kicks. The times he managed to use those against hendricks they opened up some opportunities to land harder and better combinations, and should prove to also be effective against Ellenberger.
Ellenberger keeps climbing, and keeps showcasing some serious problems to other fighters on the top 10 welterweight list. A win over the man who beat up the champ would boost him into a title contention fight or maybe a finish can boost him into a title fight. What ellenberger has to do is to apply pressure and constant footwork to create openings for his hands to connect. Working his way inside by faking a takedown, or even shooting for one, to score points and outwork Lawler
Lawler by TKO or KO 1st or 2nd
Daniel “DC” Cormier vs. Dan “Hendo” Henderson
With DC finally dropping down to 205 and having a quick tune up fight against Cummings, he’s finally facing a fighter that will boost him to the top of the ladder. Dan Henderson, who is recently coming off a knockout win against Shogun, has a lot to prove against the undefeated olympic wrestler. A win against DC would definitely silence the critics and potentially have a chance to face the winner of Jones vs. Gustafsson.
DC is of course a very well rounded fighter, training with the likes of Cain Velasquez and Luke Rockhold, he holds various tools to defeat Hendo, his key to the fight is to apply pressure and showcase his much improved kick boxing. Keep circling away from that H-Bomb by throwing leg kicks when Hendo moves forward.
Hendo is a very well experienced fighter, but an old one, facing a fighter of high caliber like DC is a threat to his goal to face Jones in the future. His tool is actually to attempt takedowns, to disguise his later on H-bomb in hopes of finishing the last strikeforce heavyweight champion!
DC by TKO
Now, the Main Event
UFC Bantamweight Championship Bout
Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw
This fight, of course not living up to the potential that could possibly is actually a very exciting match up. You have Barao, a bantamweight champ waiting to declare himself as the pound for pound best fighter in the world, and Dillashaw, a runner up in the ultimate fighter training out of team alpha male, who has the tools to defeat the champion.
Barao, has the tool set, and has three times the experience of the contender. His key to win the fight is to attack, and unleash his talent on the inexperienced challenger. Try to avoid the takedown attempts because his opponent’s base is stationary.
Dillashaw on the other hand, imposes some challenges, his ability on both the ground and stand up shows that he can keep the champ guessing, his key to the fight is to catch the champion coming forward, and score points, by takedown or strikes.
Barao via submission.
BY: Danny Pena
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