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We have a showdown in the Welterweight division, as Jack Della Maddalena takes on Ramazan “Gorets” Emeev. Since dropping his first two professional fights, Maddalena has rattled off eleven consecutive wins. The Aussie’s most recent win though was his biggest to date, as he knocked out Pete Rodrigues in a successful UFC debut. Meanwhile, Emeev is coming off a split decision defeat to Danny Roberts. The defeat being a rarity for Emeev, who has now only lost twice in a little more than seven years.

No longer ranked among the top fifteen Welterweight’s, Emeev has an opportunity to put a halt to a rising prospect and get his name back in the mix. A former M-1 Champion, Emeev brings forth vast experience and a well rounded game. While the Russian is a kickboxer, he has often used it to flow into takedowns. A formula that has seen Emeev land sixteen takedowns in seven fights. Not afraid to grind down opponents, Emeev has proven that he is well conditioned. An important factor for the Russian, as Maddalena is a non-stop fighter with a tank on him. The Aussie is also an excellent striker, who has legitimate power and an arsenal at his disposal. Looking to stop opponents at whatever cost, Maddalena has proven that his chin is made of cast iron. While his takedown defense may be an area of concern, his BJJ and ability to work off his back have often aided to getting back on the feet.

Although a tough fight to predict, I’m going to side with Maddalena. Knowing very well that Emeev may see success wrestling Maddalena, I believe as the fight wanes, the tide will start to turn. Not because Emeev will necessarily be gassed, but Maddalena’s BJJ and ability to get back up will be disheartening over time. On the feet, it will be Maddalena’s fight to lose, as he is by far the more comfortable and superior striking. With legitimate power, I see him eventually connecting and putting Emeev in a bad spot. One that eventually the referee will need to step-in to halt the bout. With that said, I predict that Maddalena wins via TKO.

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