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UFC Seoul “Prelim Spotlight”: Bang vs Kuntz

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Tae Hyun Bang (17-9)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’9″ Age: 32 Weight: 155 lbs Reach: 71″
  • Last Fight: Submission loss / Jon Tuck (5-16-15)
  • Camp: Korean Top Team (Korea)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Switch-stance / Boxing
  • Risk Management: Poor
  • Overall Fight Grade: C-

Supplemental info:
+ Regional MMA Titles
+ 9 KO victories
+ 4 first round finishes
+ Amateur Boxing Experience
+ Wrestling Base
+ KO power/heavy hands
+ Physically strong in clinch
^ Solid throws & TD’s
+ Effective ground striking
– Stuggles on bottom
– Hands low standing
^ Uses to bait exchanges
+/-Willingness to exchange

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Leo Kuntz (17-2-1))

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’10” Age: 32 Weight: 155 lbs Reach: 74″
  • Last Fight: Submission loss / Islam Makhachev (5-23-15)
  • Camp: American Top Team (Florida)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Kickboxing
  • Risk Management: Fair
  • Overall Fight Grade: D+

Supplemental info:
+ Regional MMA Titles
+ 9 KO victories
+ 4 first round finishes
+ Solid Jabs
+ Hard leg kicks
– Head upright on center
^ Inside & exiting exchanges
– Struggles in clinch
^ Succeeds take-downs
+/-Turtles out to stand
^ Often gives back
– Allows fight to come to him
+ Shown durability

Summary:

In a fun match up between American & Korean Top Team, Leo Kuntz looks to score on the road against Tae Hyun Bang. With both men coming off submission losses, I expect they will be looking to make statements to stay above water in the UFC’s deepest division. That said pressure in addition to their striking friendly styles should make for an entertaining and momentum shifting fight. Embodying what’s seemingly the standard for Korean fighters, Tae Hyun Bang brings an aggressive pressure game supported by a durable chin and never say die attitude. Though these attributes have won him fights they have also served as a double-edged sword Kuntz should be aware of.

Leo displays a much more measured approach to the striking game as he shows circle and measure with his jab. Kuntz most effective weapon standing is by far his leg kicks but I’m not sure how much availability Bang will provide given his stance-witching and overall movement. That said, I feel Leo’s best weapon against the brawling South Korean will be his jab and straight punches. Tae Hyun will give different looks off his movement and feints, but generally does so with his hands low which will be Kuntz best chances to land.

Although showing the more refined technique, I don’t feel Leo has the advantage striking given his lack of overall volume & activity. Often allowing the fight to come to him, I see Bangs pressure game being the key factor in standing exchanges. Though hittable, Tae Hyun’s conviction to his counter-baiting style has proven deadly(even late in the fight) as he’s shown to carry one-shot KO power on the feet and even the floor. Not to mention Leo has a habit of keeping his head upright and on center while exchanging or exiting. This will put Kuntz right in line with Bangs love for looping hooks & overhands should he not be careful.

Despite his wrestling background, Bang has shown a susceptibility to be taken & held down in previous UFC bouts(as many predict that as a path for Leo). However, Leo has shown very little enthusiasm much less aptitude for offensive grappling in his career, therefor I’m a bit hesitant in his positional chances against the wrestler here. Not only do I feel Bang has a better offensive grappling game, but he’s also shown more effective & competent get-ups which make me believe ground stanzas will be limited from either vantage point.

I’m sure Kuntz gets trained on a daily basis by the best at American Top Team, but his in-fight stylings to his resume of low-level opposition(minus his loss to Makhachev) make him hard to side with. As previously stated, this matches momentum comes down to pressure fighting for me, and I believe Bang’s style(regardless of whether it’s smart or not) will ultimately prevail. Though I wouldn’t bank on a stoppage with each mans shown durability, that doesn’t necessarily make “The Korean Dan Henderson” a bad play here.

 

Official Pick: Bang – Decision/h3>

Preliminary Card Predictions

  • Dongi Yang def. Jake Collier
  • Yui Chul Nam def. Mke De La Torre
  • Tae Hyun Bang def. Leo Kuntz
  • Cortney Casey def. Seo Hee Ham
  • Yao Zhikui def. Fredy Serrano
  • Ning Guangyou def. Marco Beltran
  • Dominique Steele def. Dong Hyun Kim

Recommended Plays

Fantasy MMA Picks

High Tier Picks:

-Doo Ho Choi
-Dong Hyun Kim
-Benson Henderson

Low Tier Picks:

-Mike De La Torre
-Dongi Yang
-Alberto Mina

Pieces for your parlay:

-Doo Ho Choi
-Tae Hyun Bang
-Benson Henderson

Props worth looking at:

-Doo Ho Choi – by KO/TKO
-Dong Hyun Kim – Inside the distance

Fights to avoid:

-Yui Chul Nam vs Mike De La Torre
-Jake Collier vs Dongi Yang
-Sexyyama vs Alberto Mina

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

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Highest Ranked Strawweight Outside of the UFC challenged Angela Lee to a title fight in One Championship

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28 Years Old, Zhang Weili(16-1) from China has challenged Strawweight champion Angela Lee for her strap in One Championship according to a source close to the Chinese fighter. Zhang who is the champion and fighting for Chinese based promotion Kunlun FC is currently negotiating on a one fight deal to face Angela. According to the source, they would like to determine who is the best women fighter in Asia in a one-off match and would have no problems to fight under the One Championship banner.

Zhang Weili(Left) at Kunlun FC 12

Since her pro debut loss in 2013, Zhang has racked up 16 wins in 3 years with a total of 15 finishes. She is the number #6 ranked women strawweight in the World according to Fightmatrix.com, just behind Rose Namajunas who will be facing UFC champion and number #1 ranked strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the title next month. Angela, on the other hand, is 9 rungs below Zhang at number 15.

Fightmatrix rankings as per 9/10/2017

While ONE was very eager to have a cross-promotion fight between Angela Lee and Joanna Jedrzejczyk to determine who has the better strawweight, they seem less eager to have a Kunlun FC champion on board for a one fight deal. The source states that ONE would need for Zhang to sign a 2-year exclusive contract first before discussing further for a fight with Angela.

If the source is accurate, ONE seems to be covering their bases this time and would not like for their champion to lose the belt to another promotion without securing Zhang on an exclusive contract. Kunlun, on the other hand, would also not want to lose their best fighter to another Asian promotion. Zhang would be a huge asset to ONE for their expansion in China but it would be tough for them to pry off the Chinese fighter as the source states that Zhang is being paid handsomely on Kunlun FC.

While things are looking bleak for a match between Angela Lee and Zhang Weili to happen in the ONE Championship cage, the fans will be keeping their fingers crossed and hope that they could witness a fight between two of the best women Strawweights in Asia.

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Martin Nguyen to challenge Eduard Folayang’s title in Manila for the first champion vs champion fight in ONE Championship

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After speculations on who Martin Nguyen’s next opponent when he signed a fight contract, ONE Championship have confirmed that Martin Nguyen is set to challenge Eduard Folayang’s lightweight title in Manila on ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD on 10 November.

The fight is the latest in a series of cross-division fights announced after Shinya Aoki vs Ben Askren and Aung La NSang vs Alain Ngalani, but this will be the first time the reigning ONE Championship titleholders from two weight divisions will clash.

Nguyen’s coach, Fari Salievski, did tease on the idea of Nguyen fighting for the title in different weight divisions , but he teased on a bantamweight division since Martin was underweight for his featherweight title fight against Marat Gafurov.

Despite being on the lighter side of a featherweight division, the new champion decided to challenge the title against a fighter a weight class above him, and opens the possibility of the first fighter in ONE Championship to challenge the title in 3 weight divisions.

“I’m not out only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner” – Martin Nguyen

ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD will be held in Malls of Asia Arena in Manila on 10 November 2017

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Bashir Ahmad embraces new role in ONE Championship

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Bashir Ahmad is appointed as the Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships, the role made to develop and strengthen the relationships between ONE Championship and various MMA gyms and promotions.

“EssentiallyI see myself doing what I did in Pakistan and working to accelerate the growth of MMA in Asia with other players in the MMA scene,” Ahmad explained.

As the pioneer of Pakistani MMA, Bashir Ahmad has worked to promote MMA in Pakistan, most notably the Shaheen Gym project, a non-profit gym which serves to take at-risk youth off the street with the appeal and focus of MMA. With his new position in ONE, Ahmad believes he will be better positioned to develop MMA in Asia, particularly in his hometown Pakistan.

“I think it’s a win-win. I’ve learned about developing MMA in a really difficult market – Pakistan, and I bring that experience with me.”

“On the flip side, I get work with one of the world’s most professional martial arts brands and bring those lessons to my mission in Pakistan.”

4-3 on his professional MMA career, Ahmad has been fighting for ONE Championship since April 2013 and became the first ONE Championship athlete to make the transition from into the management role in the promotion. Despite this additional role, Ahmad is adamant that his new role in ONE Championship does not take him away from active competition.

“100% not retired. I can certainly train. If Martin can beat Gafurov while being a full-time mechanic, I can certainly train when I work in the MMA industry for a living. It’s about time management and training smart.”

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