We’re back on track for another night of UFC fights come Saturday night, and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to #UFC210. There are some really solid bouts, especially the main event with Cormier and Johnson, but the one that has my attention is Weidman vs. Mousasi. When they say “styles make fights,” this one fits right into that category like a hand in a glove. Let’s, give it a closer look, shall we?
First, we’ll start with some stats for each guy:
- Age: 31
- MMA Record: 41-6-2 (Losses: 1 KO, 3 submissions, 2 decisions)
- Black Belt in Judo
- Kickboxing Record: 8-0 (3 by KO)
- Amateur Boxing Record: 12-1 (9 wins by KO)
- Height: 6’2"
- Reach: 76”
- Last Win: Uriah Hall (TKO – punches)
- Last Loss: Uriah Hall (TKO – flying knee/punches)
- Age: 32
- MMA Record: 13-2 (Losses: 2 KO)
- Div. 1 All-American (x2)
- Black Belt in #BJJ (under Matt Serra and Renzo Gracie)
- Height: 6’2"
- Reach: 78”
- Last Win: Vitor Belfort (TKO – punches)
- Last Loss: Yoel Romero (KO – flying knee/punches)
*Note: Both guys’ last wins were the same (TKO-punches), and both guys’ last losses were the same (KO-flying knees)
You know, I respect #ChrisWeidman going in and taking on Mousasi. Gegard is a tough out for anyone, and won’t be an easy fight by any means. Weidman is in a tough position; he’s lost two in a row, now, and they were bad losses—stoppages.
#GegardMousasi is no joke. He’s very, very capable of winning this fight. I think everyone knows that, especially Chris. I think on the feet, Chris matches up very badly with him, and I definitely see Mousasi being the better boxer.
In the grappling department, the intelligent person knows that Chris is an excellent wrestler, so he has the edge there. In the Jacare fight, Mousasi was consistently out-wrestled, so Chris will likely implement that part of his game early on.
Make no mistake, Mousasi is no slouch on the ground. He’s no stranger to the jiu-jitsu world, and I see him being able to negate anything that Chris could do on the ground. For the most part, though, I think the fight plays out on the feet, where Mousasi has the advantage.
Now, that puts Chris in a bad position. If he loses, it will mark his third loss in a row. He’ll never be able to even get a whiff of title contention again. Of course, he’s probably willing to die in there to make sure he gets the win. If he pulls it off, if he beats Mousasi, then all of a sudden he’s back in contention.
I understand and respect why he’s taking the fight, I really do, but honestly, I don’t know if it’s the smartest move. He’s capable of winning it, but if I had to put my money on somebody, I’ll put it on Mousasi.