Embed from Getty Images

A preliminary card clash in the Women’s Flyweight division, see’s Mandy Bohm take on Victoria Leonardo. Coming off an unsuccessful UFC debut, which was Bohm’s first professional defeat, the German comes into her second appearance hoping for better results. Having had more cancellations than fights throughout her career, Bohm has been limited to eight bouts in nearly eight years as a professional. Luckily at 32-years old and in the Flyweight division, Bohm has time on her side to make a run. Meanwhile, Leonardo urgently needs a win. Dropping her first two UFC fights, both by TKO, Leonardo has had a tough time finding her footing inside the octagon. Taking nearly a year off since the last fight, Leonardo should come into this bout recharged and ready to roll.

The urgency to win should be apparent in this fight, as both women seek their first UFC victory. Bohm is a striker, who lacks wrestling, but is most effective inside the clinch. It’s there where Bohm has landed nasty elbows and has used her grappling to get the fight to the mat. On the feet though, Bohm likes to keep distance and pump a jab. An effective strategy that could come into play in this fight, as she is sporting a seven inch reach advantage. Needing to get in the pocket is Leonardo. A fairly well rounded fighter, Leonardo boasts physical strength and overall activity. Doing a nice job blending in takedowns with her striking, it’s a little underwhelming that Leonardo has seen little success in the UFC thus far. Then again, Leonardo’s striking defense was abysmal on the regional scene and has reared it’s ugly teeth in her two UFC appearances.

Expecting this fight to be close, I’m going to side with Leonardo. Obviously the concerns are striking defense, cardio and the fact that Bohm boasts a seven inch reach advantage. However, if Leonardo can get inside and physically bully Bohm against the cage, she can neutralize the German. With a takedown or two, Leonardo has the strength and grappling to hold down Bohm for long periods of time. In doing such, I could see her bank the first two rounds before slowing down in the third. So with that said, I predict that Leonardo will win via decision.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.