What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well I guess we’re going to find out when Ronda Rousey fights Cat Zingano for the Women’s Bantamweight title at UFC 184! I can’t wait for this fight and I certainly don’t feel like Ronda will be able to walk through Zingano like many people are predicting. Cat Zingano has been through hell and back and she’s undefeated for a reason. She’s tough as hell and she’s got an incredible will to win. I’m not saying that she’s going to beat Ronda Rousey, but this fight certainly won’t be easy.
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2 FIGHT PARLAY ACCUMULATOR | ALAN JOUBAN vs RICHARD WALSH | DERRICK LEWIS vs RUAN POTTS
My free betting tip for UFC 184 features two of the biggest favourites on the card. Putting Alan Jouban and Derrick Lewis into a parlay accumulator bet will give us a 50% return on our money, which I feel is good value when you take into consideration the big advantages that they have over their opponents…
ALAN JOUBAN vs RICHARD WALSH
Richard Walsh has made huge improvements since his time on the Ultimate Fighter, but I’m struggling to see a way that he beats Alan Jouban, because Jouban is simply better than him everywhere.
Walsh does a really good job of starting fast and pressuring his opponents early, but he’s a completely different fighter in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of a fight, because he doesn’t have the gas tank to match his aggressive style of fighting.
Walsh had a good amount of success pressuring Kiichi Kunimoto and Chris Indich in his first two fights in the UFC, but his pressure and aggression was met with very little resistance. Trying to employ this tactic against Jouban won’t be as easy, because Jouban is more than happy to stand in the pocket and trade. He certainly won’t back down or wilt under Walsh’s pressure and he’s got the chin and cardio to fight at a very high pace for 3 tough rounds.
Walsh will have his handsful if this fight stays standing, because Jouban is an experienced Southpaw striker who throws a very diverse range of strikes. Walsh will never have fought against anyone as technical or as dangerous as Jouban before and he’s going to have to deal with being hit with strikes from angles and positions that are completely new to him.
Jouban is known for being a striker, but Richard Walsh will want absolutely nothing to do with him on the ground, because Jouban has a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo at 10th Planet. The standard of Jiu Jitsu at 10th Planet is extremely high and Jouban’s Brown Belt under Eddie Bravo will mean that he has some serious skills on the ground.
Richard Walsh likes to spend a lot of time in his fights grinding on his opponents against the cage, but the clinch is one of Jouban’s strongest positions. The difference between these two guys is that Walsh looks to control his opponents whilst in the clinch, where as Jouban looks to create enough space to throw vicious elbows and knees. I also feel it’s very unlikely that Walsh will be able to control Jouban in the clinch, because Jouban was able to work his way out of Warlley Alves’ cage control and Alves is a much stronger grappler that Richard Walsh.
It’s also worth noting that Richard Walsh has recently started to train at Alliance MMA. Whilst it’s always good to see fighters move to train at a top MMA gym, I don’t always feel like Alliance is a good fit for low level strikers. This is because Alliance have their own style of striking and footwork that they seem to want to impose on all of their fighters. In order to effectively implement their style, you need a solid striking base and Richard Walsh has very basic striking skills. You often see fighters that are new to training at Alliance really struggle in their first few fights after training at their new camp, because they’re confused by the new techniques that they’ve learnt. Improving your skills whilst training at Alliance MMA is more of a slow burn and I don’t believe that this camp will be a good fit for Walsh, because he doesn’t have the solid striking basics to begin with.
Alan Jouban holds significant advantages over Richard Walsh wherever this fight takes place and I’m really struggling to see a way that Walsh could win this fight.
DERRICK LEWIS vs RUAN POTTS
Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis decided to become an MMA fighter after completing a three and a half year prison sentence for beating a member of the Ku Klux Klan to within an inch of their life. Apparently, the member of the KKK was holding a Shotgun when he insulted Lewis and his friends whilst they were on a night out. The guy from the KKK got all he could handle and Lewis has been wrecking people in the cage ever since.
I personally feel like this is irresponsible matchmaking, because a guy like Ruan Potts could get badly hurt fighting a guy like Derrick Lewis. Ruan Potts is simply not good enough to compete at this level and he should be nowhere near the UFC. Lewis has shown serious power and a serious ability to hurt people and I don’t expect Potts to last very long in this fight.
Lewis can either win this fight by knockout or more likely by ground and pounding Ruan Potts into unconsciousness. Potts likes to fight off his back, which is a big mistake against Lewis who has vicious ground and pound. There’s a small chance that Potts could catch Lewis in a hail mary submission, but it’s a lot more likely that this fight ends with Ruan Potts’ head bouncing off the canvas.
This betting tip is short, because Potts is bad and he stands almost no chance of winning this fight. Derrick Lewis is going to destroy him.
MY BETTING TIP: 5 Units [5% of your bankroll] on Alan Jouban and Derrick Lewis to win at odds of 1.50 | -200 | 49/100