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We got ourselves an intriguing fight in the Women’s Strawweight division, as Mallory Martin takes on Cheyanne ‘The Warrior Princess’ Vlismas. Coming into this fight off a loss and a loser of two of the last three, Martin will desperately need a win to get back on track. With all three of her fights inside the octagon ending in submission, Martin may want to be careful on the ground. Meanwhile, Vlismas will look to make it two straight, as she is coming off a dominant knockout victory over Gloria de Paula. The victory was Vlismas’ first victory in the UFC, and likely not her last.
This is a fight that comes down to one thing. Can Mallory Martin successfully get this fight to the mat and control Vlismas? In three fights inside the octagon, Martin has only landed two takedowns. While it’s not an overwhelming number, in Vlismas’ UFC debut, she was thoroughly controlled for nearly ten minutes when taken down. Obviously the ground is not Vlismas’ forte. She is mainly a high output striker who has good timing and is accurate. While Vlismas lacks power, she makes up for it with technique and sheer volume.
As for a prediction, I have Vlismas winning. While I believe Martin could get this fight to the ground at some point, I’m not confident she will keep it there for prolonged times. On the feet, Martin can hold her own, but she isn’t anywhere close to the striker that Vlismas is. The one thing going for Martin here though is, Vlismas isn’t much of a submission artist. In fact, Vlismas has zero professional wins via submission, despite winning four fights on the amateur scene via armbar. Regardless, I predict that Vlismas will win this fight via decision.