Breaking down UFC Fight Night 15
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If the fight goes to the ground, expect Diaz to have an advantage both on his back and on top as he's shown that he can submit anyone from any position. Neer has the edge when it comes to wrestling and it will come in handy, as he needs to keep the fight on the feet if he wants any chance of winning.
If Neer can keep the fight on the feet then he can punish Diaz, as it seems that's still the weakest part of his game. These two are going to fight at a frantic pace and Neer is going to have his shining moments, but the fight will eventually hit the ground, when it does, Diaz will pounce and finish Neer with a submission midway through the fight.
Once again this is an excellent job of matchmaking as both fighters always put on an exciting show and nothing else should be expected when these two clash in the cage. It's going to be a long process before either one of these fighters gets a shot at the title in the crowded lightweight division. Champion
The one advantage that Danzig has over Guida in the fight is his submission ability and tenacity to get out of dangerous positions. Guida always comes to the fight in excellent shape and goes hard for all three rounds, using both his aggressiveness and wrestling to pressure his opponents into making mistakes. The key in the fight will be whether or not Danzig can slow the pace of the fight into his advantage and not be pressured.
It's guaranteed that there will be action throughout the fight, as these two will bring out the best in one another. This will be Danzig's first big test in the UFC, while Guida will be looking to build himself back up with a couple of solid wins. Danzig has never faced someone who will pressure him like Guida and its going to get to him. Guida will repeatedly put Danzig on his back and pound out an entertaining victory.
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This is an important fight for both men as neither can afford a second straight loss in the UFC due to the competitive nature of the company.
Belcher will want to keep the fight on the feet because that's where he has the absolute best chance to win. Herman isn't a polished striker like he is. On the other hand, Herman will want the fight on the ground where he can either pound on Belcher or possibly lock on a submission.
If Belcher can't defend a takedown then it's going to be a very long night for him, as Herman will be all over him until he's able to secure the victory. Look for Herman to fight a smart fight, taking the fight down to the ground and pounding out a stoppage victory to stay afloat in the UFC middleweight division.
Free-swinging local slugger
This is a do or die situation for Alexander as he's lost two straight fights and another loss will surely mean the end of his UFC tenure, while Schafer has nothing to lose since he's been out of the UFC for the last year.
Alexander has the clear advantage on the feet with his powerful shots. Schafer has the distinct advantage on the ground being a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. If the fight goes to the ground then it won't be a very welcome homecoming for Alexander.
Many fans were impressed with Alexander after his two stoppage victories in the UFC, but since then he has been exposed for just being a slugger. Schafer should be able to get the fight to the ground then shortly thereafter finish him with a submission.
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