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We have an intriguing fight in the Women’s Strawweight division, as Jinh Yu Frey takes on Vanessa “Lil Monster” Demopoulos. After dropping her first two UFC bouts, Frey has rallied to win back-to-back fights. A former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion, Frey looks to be fully adapted to fighting at Strawweight. With a third straight victory in sight, it would be feasible to believe a big fight could be on the horizon for Frey. Meanwhile, Demopoulos comes into this fight fresh off her first UFC victory. The fight itself wasn’t easy, but Demopoulos overcame early adversity and mounted a comeback, stopping Silvana Gomez Juarez via an armbar. The victory was her seventh professional, and fifth via stoppage.
After four fights in the UFC, Frey comes into her fifth appearance as a favorite, for the first time. A well rounded fighter, who has looked better than ever in her last two fights, Frey has a plethora of ways to win. A patient technical striker with excellent takedown defense and good grappling skills, Frey has shown an ability to adapt based on her opponent’s weakness. 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 Demopoulos. An aggressive and creative grappler, who looks to find various ways to sweep and finish opponents. With five stoppages, four coming via submission, it’s wise to avoid being on the ground with Lil Monster.
As for a prediction, I have Frey winning. If she wasn’t so stout with her takedown defense, I’d possibly consider Demopoulos. She is scrappy, has no back-down in her and can catch someone in a submission at anytime. However, Frey has a significant advantage on the feet. Behind her technical striking, and three inch reach advantage, I see Frey keeping Demopoulos at bay. With good cardio, I don’t expect Frey to slow down either. So with that said, I predict Frey to win via decision.