In a unusual transform of speed, UFC Vegas 13 this weekend (Sat., Nov. 7, 2020) at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, characteristics just a solitary un-researched* newcomer, who joined the card soon after Arnold Allen vs. Jeremy Stephens fell through. On this version of “New Blood,” the collection wherever tape assessment reveals the gap concerning top rated-shelf and base-tier announcing, we test out a wrestling standout with six finishes in seven skilled blended martial arts (MMA) wins.
Jamey “The Afro Samurai” Simmons
Fat Course: Featherweight
History: 7-2 (4 KO, 1 SUB)
Notable Victories: None
Simmons joins the world’s biggest MMA advertising possessing received five of his last six, a few of them by using knockout in less than two minutes apiece. He previous fought on Oct. 17, 2020, choking out Shawn West to secure his very first expert submission win.
“The Afro Samurai” was a massively successful wrestler in both high university and university, a skillset that unsurprisingly sorts the basis of his activity. He’d shoot within seconds of the bell in previously endeavours, showcasing impressive actual physical energy and a assortment of means by which to drag it to the mat. After on top, he’s got a stout passing video game and some powerful floor-and-pound … not globe-breaking photographs, but there’s adequate thump in there to make him a risk.
Regardless of only one professional submission, he’s not worried of chasing the tapout. He went for two independent mounted triangles versus Terrence Almond last yr, and that complete of West final month indicates that strikes aren’t his only weapon on the ground.
The rest of his video game is not almost as polished. He’s formulated a little bit of stand up due to the fact his 13-second knockout loss to Jake Childers in 2019, which observed him duck directly into a knee, but it’s still vestigial, comprising generally him hurling a straight correct so tricky it pulls him off-equilibrium. In addition, he gassed badly against Almond inspite of remaining in comprehensive regulate, which authorized a equally exhausted Almond to hit some sweeps in the third spherical. Both of these have to have to be resolved immediately, as his current skillset isn’t sufficient to persistently rating initially-round finishes on the mat.
Simmons demands a full mess of seasoning if he at any time wants to be a contender. As is, this get in touch with up seems early.
Opponent: Saturday’s card was at first slated to element a clash involving Jeremy Stephens and Arnold Allen nevertheless, when “Lil’ Heathen” withdrew with an injury, Giga Chikadze attempted to stage in, only for this match up to arise just after Allen-Chikadze fell by. Wrestling is the ideal way to conquer Chikadze, but the Georgian’s monumental positive aspects in top and general striking acumen necessarily mean he’s possible to score his initially Octagon knockout at Simmons’ expense.
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