UFC Vegas 57 combat card preview: Can Carlos Ulberg preserve his mannequin appears to be like intact?

Fresh off a dynamite Fight Night in Austin, the UFC returns to Las Vegas. Given the unbelievable fights that appear to dominate the playing cards that happen in entrance of a dwell viewers, one can’t assist however really feel a bit down the motion goes again to the isolation created by the APEX.

I perceive there are some fighters preferring the APEX, however the general motion is so significantly better when the fighters can feed off the power created by the followers within the area. Thus, whereas I like the potential of violence for these prelims on paper higher than I did the prelims for UFC Austin, I don’t see a robust probability of a repeat efficiency from final week. Then once more, final week set a excessive bar. In different phrases, if the motion this week is a rung or two decrease than what was achieved at UFC Austin, UFC Vegas 57 will likely be properly value watching.

  • Tafon Nchukwi is your traditional MMA tweener; he’s too thick to comfortably make middleweight, however too quick to successfully cope with the size of the vast majority of the sunshine heavyweight division. What nobody can deny is Nchukwi hits like a Mack truck. Despite his skilled kickboxing background, Nchukwi isn’t the cleanest striker, although a few of that has to do together with his makes an attempt to navigate his opponent’s vary and get to the clinch. That might show to be an enormous subject in opposition to Carlos Ulberg, maybe greatest recognized for his modeling profession. Don’t let his fairly face idiot you; Ulberg has a slick kickboxing background himself and his justifiable share of energy. What Ulberg lacks is high-level expertise. That lack of expertise additionally leaves questions on his floor recreation. Not that Nchukwi has demonstrated any grappling of be aware, however he has proven a willingness to safe takedowns with the intention of pounding away on his opposition. Ulberg’s cleaner putting and top may make that probably the most tenable street to victory for Nchukwi. There’s stable circumstances to be made for each fighters, however given each can knock the opposite out chilly, there’s additionally no cause to really feel assured in both’s probabilities of successful. I’ll favor Ulberg’s dimension and pace benefit to be the distinction. Ulberg through TKO of RD2
  • Shayilan started his MMA profession simply over six years in the past. Depending on which web site you go to, the Mongolian has racked up no less than 46 fights since that point, maybe much more. Most of these got here in opposition to extremely inexperienced opposition, that means there’s a significant asterisk subsequent to that stage of expertise. It additionally signifies he could not have as many miles on his physique as you’d count on from somebody with that many fights beneath their belt. He’s discovered most of his success on the again of his wrestling, which has confirmed ok to safe him a UFC win, sustaining management of Sean Soriano for over half of the competition. Of course, Soriano has notoriously been vulnerable to wrestling. Will Shayalin have the skillset to do the identical to TJ Brown? Brown regarded like he was going to clean out of the UFC earlier than turning round his fortunes with a present from the judges. Despite the controversy of his win over Kai Kamaka, nobody can deny that Brown has proven huge enchancment in his striking and a extra aggressive wrestling recreation. However, what seems to be the factor that makes me most assured in Brown’s probabilities of successful is his skill to scramble out of hassle. I don’t see Shayilan with the ability to management Brown sufficient to select up a second UFC victory. Brown through determination
  • It’s uncommon for a fighter to stay as a lot of a thriller as Raulian Paiva after six UFC appearances and a stint within the rankings. And but, it’s nonetheless very onerous to know what to make of Paiva. At occasions, Paiva comes throughout as nothing greater than a punching bag, struggling to let his model of offense fly. Other occasions, inside the similar combat, Paiva exhibits an distinctive muay thai arsenal, throwing with authority to move and physique. Without his uncanny resilience, there’s no means Paiva would be capable to exhibit the latter traits after the brutal beating he endured by the hands of Kyler Phillips. What allowed Paiva again into that contest was Phillips gassing. The query is whether or not Sergey Morozov will be capable to keep his personal pressuring assault because it wouldn’t be a shock to see him leap throughout Paiva within the method previous opponents have. Morozov pale badly after a dominant opening spherical in opposition to Douglas da Silva Andrade, that means many may be taking a look at this in an identical method to the Paiva-Phillips contest. However, one large distinction: Morozov was badly harm by the hard-hitting Andrade earlier than the fading course of started. Paiva is extra of a stinging striker versus the sledgehammer method or Andrade. I just like the probabilities of Morozov holding as much as Paiva strikes, even when the Brazilian begins to show issues round. Paiva is the higher athlete, however Morozov is a foul stylistic matchup for him at 135. Morozov through determination
  • To nobody’s shock, JP Buys tour into the bantamweight division didn’t go so properly. Primarily a wrestler and grappler, Buys made each affordable effort to floor Montel Jackson, discovering subsequent to no success whereas getting knocked off his ft 4 occasions within the contest. The native of South Africa was just too small to get his bodily model of offense going. Returning to the flyweight division, he’s prone to get again to his floor combating methods, however a number of that may very well be attributed to Cody Durden welcoming a scramblefest. Scrappy is one of the best phrase used to explain Durden. He isn’t very technical in anyone space, however his fixed strain and exercise are likely to make him a handful for anybody. Given Buys current chin points, I’d be choosing Durden straight away if Durden confirmed any indicators of plus energy, however nobody has proven any actual concern about his energy, even after he’s landed a couple of punches. Regardless, whereas Buys is a greater technician in all facets, I’m undecided he has the tenacity to outwork Durden. It’s a tough contest to select, however I’m leaning in favor of the American. Durden through determination
  • The UFC has a comfortable spot for fighters like Brian Kelleher. Rightfully so, as he’s a kind of who lives as much as the anytime, anyplace creed that many espouse however hardly ever fulfill. Not a gifted athlete, Kelleher depends closely on his plus energy, spectacular sturdiness, and unbelievable opportunistic nature. While it has allowed Kelleher to have a UFC run far longer than his skills would point out, the shortage of athleticism has put a really agency ceiling on his development as properly. While there’s little question Mario Bautista has the bodily items to upend Kelleher, it’s a matter of whether or not his head is in the appropriate place. Though his base is his slick BJJ recreation, Bautista has ignored his floor recreation for a lot of of his UFC fights in favor of buying and selling fisticuffs. Not that the MMA Lab product doesn’t have a solid standup recreation of his personal, however he did have his lights turned out by Trevin Jones a couple of 12 months in the past taking part in that recreation. Plus, Kelleher has a protracted historical past of getting caught in submissions, no shock given his high-octane stylings. If Baustista can’t pull this combat out, will probably be time to drag the plug on him being something greater than a gatekeeper. I believe he can do it. Bautista through submission of RD1
  • There’s lots to love about Vanessa Demopoulos. Exceptionally versatile with a unique arsenal of submissions, she’s additionally confirmed to be sturdy. Fun persona too. Unfortunately, she’s additionally undersized for the strawweight division, limiting her effectiveness on the ft. Demopoulos can’t ever be counted out of a combat primarily based on her constructive traits – simply ask Sam Hughes – however it makes it onerous to imagine she’ll be capable to crawl up very excessive within the divisional hierarchy. That mentioned, Jinh Yu Frey can be on the small facet for the division and might get caught spending an excessive amount of time on the lookout for the counter along with her highly effective left hand. To be honest to Frey, she opened up her putting greater than she ever has in her most up-to-date outing in opposition to Ashley Yoder, however she nonetheless has but to return out on the constructive finish of a putting differential in her UFC run. Despite that, Frey has extra energy and higher method on the ft. Combine that along with her wonderful core power, making her tough to takedown, and every thing is there for her to safe a win. The actual kicker is Frey’s base is her grappling. She has been submitted, however that was by a much bigger and stronger opponent in Kay Hansen. Demopoulos would wish to outslick Frey to get her to faucet. I don’t see the probability of that occuring being very excessive. Frey through determination

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