This Saturday (June 20, 2020), Final Combating Championship (UFC) continues its keep within the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, for UFC on ESPN 11. After final week’s unlucky dip in high quality, a a lot improved grouping of high-level fights shall be on show right here. In the principle occasion, we now have a traditional — however plus-sized! — striker vs. grappler match up in Alexander Volkov vs. Curtis Blaydes. Earlier than the massive males throw down, nevertheless, we now have some stable scraps to investigate.

Later within the week, we’ll be again to preview and predict the largest fights of the night time.

Ladies’s Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington vs. Marion Reneau

Greatest Win for Pennington? Miesha Tate For Reneau? Sara McMann
Present Streak: Pennington has misplaced her final bout, whereas Reneau is 0-2 in her most up-to-date pair of journeys to the Octagon
X-Issue: the sheer inconsistency of each girls
How these two match up: That is more likely to be a scrap.

Pennington earned her title shot, using boxing, toughness, and conditioning to outwork a lot of her friends. Sadly, she bumped into Amanda Nunes, and the battle went about in addition to one would count on. Since then, Pennington has struggled with consistency, dropping two of her subsequent three and lacking weight.

Reneau is a formidable boxer with harmful jiu-jitsu. Nevertheless, she’s struggled to search out constant success contained in the Octagon for a pair of causes: she’s keen to battle from her again, and she or he’s keen to throw fewer punches than her opponent.

Neither lady is reliable proper now. Pennington, at instances, seems to be bodily shot, unable to push the tempo that her type calls for. In the meantime, Reneau has a confirmed historical past of creating unhealthy choices that value her victories, and Pennington stays troublesome to complete.

All of the indicators level to a irritating split-decision wherein neither lady is actually in a position to draw back. Finally, I’ll facet with Pennington, largely as a result of she’s a decade youthful and does have her single current victory over a related title in Irene Aldana.

Prediction: Pennington through resolution

Welterweight: Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammed

Greatest Win for Good? Likelihood Rencountree For Muhammed? Randy Brown
Present Streak: Good rebounded with a win final day out, whereas Muhammed has received two straight
X-Issue: Muhammed’s tempo
How these two match up: Ah, right here’s the thrill that was promised.

Former Bellator champion Lyman Good doesn’t mess around contained in the cage. A pointy boxer with clubbing energy and nice physicality, Good is a particular veteran of the game who has actually seen all of it. Alternatively, Muhammed is quietly placing collectively fairly a file at 170 lbs., having received six of his final seven. Muhammed is all about grit and conditioning, a well-rounded fighter who tends to essentially take over within the second half of fights.

This bout actually comes down to at least one query for me: can Muhammed take Good down? If Muhammed can land takedowns early, the battle is a wrap. Even when he can begin getting his wrestling going within the second spherical, “Keep in mind The Identify” is in nice place to proceed his profitable methods.

If not although? If Good is simply too robust to be contained? Too skilled to be dragged down? Nicely, one has to lean in direction of the person with a brutal jab and 11 knockout wins on his file.

Muhammed has the chin to outlive Good’s offense, however at a sure level, consuming photographs within the hopes that your opponent fatigues and begins giving up openings is an iffy proposition. Good seemed exceptionally managed but nonetheless very violent whereas denying Rencountre’s wrestling with relative ease, and although Muhammed is a lot better at mixing all of it up, a repeat efficiency appears attainable.

Prediction: Good through resolution

Catchweight (160 lbs): Jim Miller vs. Roosevelt Roberts

Greatest Win for Miller? Joe Lauzon For Roberts? Alexander Yakovlev
Present Streak: Miller got here up quick in a “Struggle of the Night time” winner final day out, whereas Roberts has received two straight
X-Issue: Miller’s sturdiness
How these two match up: Light-weight (mainly) motion!

Miller has confronted some tough streaks that appeared to point an finish to his profession during the last 5 years or so, however the New Jersey-native has rebounded! That’s to not say he’s a contender, however Miller stays a artful submission ace with sneaky energy in his palms. On the opposite finish of the equation, Roberts is a “Contender Sequence” pickup with a pleasant mixture of abilities. Roberts is primarily a wrestler-grappler in all probability greatest recognized for his guillotine choke, however his palms have by no means seemed weak both.

On this case, I’ll facet with the underdog in Miller. There may be positively an opportunity that Roberts is ready to win largely through youth, the place a takedown or large connection shifts the momentum to his favor in an in any other case shut battle. Nevertheless, Roberts actually struggled in opposition to Vinc Pichel, the final veteran he couldn’t overwhelm on the mat.

Miller has confirmed in current wins over males like Alex White and Jason Gonzalez that he’s no doormat for any up-and-comer. Miller remains to be a rattling wonderful opportunist in the case of snatching the again, and it appears more likely to me that Roberts can not assist himself however to provoke grappling exchanges.

Even when he’s not profitable them.

Prediction: Miller through submission

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