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A Breakdown of Paul Daley and Andre Santos

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On February 27th, Paul “Semtex” Daley(35-13) is set to fight Andre “Chatuba” Santos(37-9) in one of the Bellator Welterweight feature fights. I’m going to breakdown the fighters and try and show how this fight could play out.

Striking

Santos is a grappler first with 22 of his 37 wins by submission but does have 5(t)kos to his name too. His striking is pretty basic, lots of punches with a few kicks but he doesn’t appear to set up his take downs well with his striking. He presses forward a fair amount and when comfortable likes to press the action. The one tko victory of his I saw came in the first round. The fight was on the ground, Santos survived a couple submission attempts and as they were getting back to their feet Santos swarmed Cassiano Ricardo Castanho de Fritas with punches and a couple knees.

Daley is an exciting striker with 26 of this 35 wins by (t)ko. He has finishes with punches, elbows, and knees and kicks have helped set up other (t)kos. He is very technical striker, pressures his opponents but doesn’t get reckless with this striking. He likes to use his punches to help set up his other strikes but has enough power in both hands to stop someone with a punch. The preferred weapon of choice for Daley is his left hook, the ending of the Scott Smith fight shows how potent it is. This is where Daley needs this fight to take place.

Grappling

Santos is a submission fighter who loves chokes. All 22 of his submission wins have come via choke including 15 by Anaconda choke. Reading an article from MMA Junkie, I learned that Santos is  from a Luta Livre background. In the same article he says he believes he can submit Daley standing so there is a possibility of a standing arm triangle. The fights I’ve seen of him, he struggles with single and double leg take downs but had success with a take down from the clinch. he has a  strong top game with good ground and pound and good passing. He can get caught in scrambles at times which can both put him in bad positions and set up the Anaconda choke. The little I saw of his bottom game was solid, I wouldn’t expect Daley to try and take him down or follow him to the ground if he hurts him(like the Diaz fight) unless he is badly hurt.

Daley is a striker who has had his troubles with wrestlers. His take down defense has improved from the Josh Koscheck to the Tyron Woodley but it wasn’t enough to beat Woodley. Woodley is a former wrestler from The University of Missouri, which has also produced Ben Askren and Michael Chandler, and Daley was able to stuff his take downs in the first round. Woodley got the take down in the second round and a  concern for Daley was his inability to get up, he was able to stop much ground and pound but losing on points. In the third round Woodley got another take down but Daley was able to attack with a kimura and was eventually able to get back to a neutral position, Woodley attacked for another take down but Daley was able to roll into an omoplata attempt.

Overview

This fight is going to be decided but where the fight takes place. If Daley can keep it at range there is a very good chance he gets the knockout. If Santos is able to, steal a Teddy Atlas line, get through the rough neighborhood and clinch up then Santos has a chance for the upset with a submission victory.

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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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