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We have a clash in the Welterweight division, as Jason Witt takes on promotional newcomer Josh Quinlan. Trading wins and losses for the past six fights, with five of those fights coming in the UFC, Witt has had trouble finding his footing inside the octagon. Nearing thirty-six years old, Witt needs to start stringing together wins. Otherwise, he’s going to continue getting booked in stepping stone fights like this. Meanwhile, after a lengthy suspension due to a positive drug test, Quinlan finally will make his long awaited debut. Undefeated and coming off a 47-second knockout over Logan Urban on Dana White’s Contender Series, which later was reversed to a no contest after the positive drug test, Quinlan bring about a violence to the octagon that will make him a fan favorite in no time.
This fight should be fun for as long as it last. Witt, is primarily a wrestler. A good one at that, as he is landing 6.89 takedown’s per fifteen minutes at a 48% accuracy. Having landed twelve takedown’s over the past two fights, Witt hasn’t been met with too much resistance. What has been problematic though for Witt, is maintaining control and avoiding being hit when on the feet. With an iffy chin, which has been the crux of all three UFC losses, Witt can’t afford to strike. Especially in this fight, as Quinlan brings the heat. Known to not mince words inside the octagon, the always violent Quinlan looks to put away opponents as quick as possible. With a tendency to start fast and having heavy hands, it’s no surprise that Quinlan has a 100% finishing rate.
In a fight bound to end early, I have Quinlan making a splash in his debut. While Witt has the wrestling chops and could see some success early, his failure to control fighters on the ground and lack of durability make him very untrustworthy. Throw in the fact that Quinlan starts fast and throws bombs and I believe this fight ends inside the opening round. So with that said, I predict that Quinlan wins via knockout.