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UFC Fight Pass Spotlight: Felder vs Cruickshank Breakdown

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Paul Felder (10-2)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’10” Age: 30 Weight: 155 lbs Reach: 70.5″
  • Last Fight: Decision loss / Ross Pearson (9-5-15)
  • Camp: Renzo Gracie/Jackson-Wink MMA (Philly)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Kickboxing
  • Risk Management: Moderate

Supplemental info:
+   Regional MMA Titles
+   2nd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
+   Blue Belt BJJ
+   7 KO victories
+   2 first round finishes
+   KO power
+   Solid butterfly guard
^   Retains guard-scrambles-gets up
+   Diverse striking arsenal
^   Accurate spinning attacks
+   Dangerous knees
+   Underrated TD defense
–    Lacks in-fight adjustments
+   Solid chin/Physically durable

 

UFC Fight Night: Koch v Cruickshank

Daron Cruickshank(16-7)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’8″ Age: 30 Weight: 155 lbs Reach: 72″
  • Last Fight: Submission loss / James Krause (7-25-15)
  • Camp: Michigan Top Team (Detroit)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Kickboxing
  • Risk Management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+   Regional MMA Titles
+   Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
+   TUF 15 Alum
+   9 KO victories
+   7 first round finishes
+   Div. 3 Collegiate Wrestler
+   KO power
+   Fast switch kicks
^   Deceptive off combinations
+   Underrated wrestling transitions
^   Favors single-legs
?    Questionable submission defense
–    Often retreats/reverts to cage
^   Fights with back to fence

Summary:

Serving as Boston’s Fight Pass Headliner, we’re treated to a promising bout of Strikers as Paul Felder squares off against Daron Cruickshank. With both men on two-fight losing skids, expect a pressure cooker environment as each man’s roster spot may be at stake. These types of factors can sometimes produce uncharacteristically safe or slow fights, but of course, my analysis will be based upon in cage evidence as I expect both men to demonstrate why the matchmakers love them.

With both fighters coming from traditional martial arts backgrounds, they translate their styles very differently into their MMA games. The hard-hitting Felder, for example, takes more of an upright stance as he’ll embrace kickboxing defenses with classic “Thai-Marching” to stalk offensively. The most impressive part of Paul’s striking amalgamation is that he’s still able to accurately & effectively fire-off his traditional arsenal (spinning attacks, etc.) from a defensively sound Muay Thai stance. Felder’s said stylings mixed with his aggression may be his best tools against Daron.

Cruickshank, on the other hand, shows to keep a bit more loyal to his Tae Kown Do background as he’ll employ a wide stance. Like many kick based strikers, Daron requires a lot of space to effectively operate. As opponents have slowly but surely caught onto this, we’ve subsequently seen Cruickshank forced to fight along the outside to get his breathing room. Despite this, Daron has shown the ability to kick & counter moving backward, as well as improved punch flurries forward to make space. Although possessing a fast lead switch-kick himself (a kick Edson Barboza used well against Paul), I feel Cruickshanks speed advantage may serve him in the punching department as well.

We saw in Felder’s last fight against Ross Pearson, that technical boxing & speed could disrupt the Irish Dragon’s rhythm. That said, Cruickshank fights in a completely different style than Pearson, nor does he show an emphasis to throw or set up a left hook (a punch that’s found the most success on Felder). I feel the key factor to a Cruickshank victory will rely on his effectiveness in changing gears. Welding an underrated wrestling game, Daron could potentially mix in takedowns to win rounds, or at the very least stifle the offense of Felder.

However, Paul shows an underrated bottom game where he’ll effectively use Butterflies to retain guard and get up. This, plus his excellent takedown defense leads me to believe this match will be decided standing. Not to mention Cruickshank favors a Single-leg takedown style that may have limited availability given Felder’s narrow marching stance. Daron will also have to be careful when reaching low for these attempts (as he’ll often revert to in clinch situations), as Paul possesses accurate & deadly knees. Ultimately, I see the stalking pressure of Felder walking down Cruickshank and inevitably paying off.

Official Pick: Felder – Decision

Preliminary Card Predictions

  • Saunders def. Cote
  • Wade def. Baghdad
  • Herman def. Boetsch
  • Blanco def. Sanders
  • Felder def. Cruickshank
  • Latifi def. O’Connell
  • Rosa def. Mendes
  • Font def. Gomez
  • Mutapcic def. Barroso

Recommended Plays

Pieces for your parlay:

-Anthony Pettis
-Paul Felder
-Chris Wade

Props worth looking at:

-Anthony Pettis – Inside the distance
-Matt Mitrione – by KO/TKO
-Paul Felder – by Decision

Fights to avoid:

-Ross Pearson vs Francisco Trinaldo
-Rob Font vs Joey Gomez
-Ilir Latifi vs Sean O’Connell

Fantasy MMA Picks

High Tier Picks:

-TJ Dillashaw
-Anthony Pettis
-Maximo Blanco

Low Tier Picks:

-Dominic Cruz
-Matt Mitrione
-Francisco Trinaldo

For the complete analysis of future & past UFC events visit MixedMartialAnalyst.com and for future breakdowns & your latest in worldwide MMA news, stay tuned & follow @MMALatestnws MMALatestNews.com

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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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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