MMA junkie radio co-host and MMA junkie employee Dan Tom highlights the UFC's main bouts. Today we look at a featured fight on the main map of UFC 239.
UFC 239 takes place on Saturday in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card is broadcast in pay-per-view mode according to the precursors for ESPN and UFC Fight Pass / ESPN +.
Jorge Masvidal (33-13 MMA, 10-6 UFC)
- Height: 5 & # 39; 11 "age: 34 weight: 170 lbs. Range: 74 "
- Last fight: KO wins against Darren Till (16 March 2019)
- Stock: American Top Teap (Florida)
- Posture / Strike: Orthodox / Kickboxing
- Risk Management: Good  Additional info:
+ AFC welterweight title
+ Undefeated on the road
+ 14 KO victories
+ 2 submission victories
+ 7 victories in the first round
+ KO- Achievement
+ Slick-Boxing Technique
^ Accurate Shot Selection
+ Improved Footplay
+ Sound Balance and Footwork
+ Active Transition and Clinch Play
^ Performs well from the Breaks
] + Excellent wrestling ability
+ Underrated submissions
^ Works well from the front headlock
Ben Askren (19-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
- Height: 5 & # 39; 11 "age: 34 weight: 170 lbs. Range: 72 "
- Last fight: Filing victory against Robbie Lawler (2 March 2019)
- Camp: Roufusport (Milwaukee)
- Attitude / Impact: Orthodox / Kickboxing
- Risk management: Good  Additional info:
+ Bellator and ONE Championship Welterweight Title
+ 2x NCAA Div. 1 National Champion
+ 4x NCAA Div. 1 All-American wrestler
+ 6 KO victories
+ 6 submission victories
+ 10 finals
+ Tireless pace and tireless pressure
^ Deceptive athleticism and longevity
+/- Developing a flurry of play
^ Use it mainly to make entries
+ Strong in the clinch
^ Outstanding body lock position
+ Chains well put together
+ Excellent transitional grapple
^ Rides and racing seamlessly
Interesting Point: Avoiding the Three-Piece Combination
UFC 239 may offer two title bouts at the top, but many like me are most looking forward to the clash between Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren.
Askren, who made a name for himself in the wrestling world by winning the Dan Hodge Trophy twice as one of two men (among many other awards), is accustomed to having a drawback on paper when he does strikes on the feet. And although the former Mizzou Tiger does not mind using his punch as a means to an end, fighters who can offer something in the counter-wrestling section were apparently his toughest trials.
Fortunately for Askren, his confidence seems to translate well when you have to sneak forward and throw blows, and occasionally flashes a glance when you're feeling in step. Askren also seems to have a granite chin, which has kept him in more than a few competitions in his career.
Aside from his proven tenacity, Askren can not afford to make the same mistakes as many when he is too confident or alone. Rely on his consistency when you play Masvidal.
The Cuban style and available power may have made him feel at ease in times when he was lightweight. That is, we have seen another iteration of Masvidal since his rise to welterweight.
Now, Since Masvidal is much more aggressive, he will incorporate his improved kicks of Thai-style marches. The 16-year-old veterinarian, who copes well with his patented left hand, controls the midline with authority, varying from straight strokes to the head or hook to the body.
Masvidal can rarely stretch too far out of position and be difficult to hit clean or counter with a level-change shot (despite his slightly high stance). Still, I'm curious to see if Masvidal avoids being too conservative, considering how much wrestler he plays on Saturday night.
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