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In the Women’s Strawweight division, we have a clash between Jinh Yu Frey and Hannah “24k” Goldy. Since dropping her first two UFC fights, Frey has quietly strung together two straight wins. Most recently, Frey defeated UFC veteran Ashley Yoder. A fight that was close, but saw Frey showcase excellent takedown defense and striking en route to a decision victory. Meanwhile, Goldy comes into this contest off a submission victory over Emily Whitmire. Having dropped her previous two UFC fights, the third time was certainly the charm. With the proverbial monkey off her back, perhaps Goldy now can settle in.
As for a prediction, I have Frey winning. While I anticipate this fight to be close regardless, and it may even result in a split decision, I favor Frey’s skillset in this matchup. Frey has shown to be a patient technical striker with excellent takedown defense and good grappling skills. However, her low output can be problematic at times. In Frey’s last fight though, she landed 88 significant strikes. Twelve more than she had in her previous three fights combined. Needing to avoid being hesitant, Frey will have to neutralize Goldy. An active striker, who is landing a solid 4.57 significant strikes per minutes. The thing that makes Goldy dangerous is her ability to string together combinations and mix it up on the feet. Coming into the UFC, Goldy was known to have excellent takedown. Her most recent fight showed otherwise, as Emily Whitmire was able to crack that notion by taking Goldy down twice via an outside leg trip. A blueprint that I see Frey utilizing. With solid grappling skills, and a smothering top control, Frey isn’t one to fret holding top position for entire rounds. In other words, doing what it takes to win. So with all that said, I predict that Frey will win via decision.