This is an enjoyable weekend for women’s MMA. The UFC features the return of Miesha Tate as she faces Marion Reneau in what is her retirement struggle and also a most likely truly fun combat with Amanda Lemos in opposition to Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz. In addition, Bellator 262 will be headlined by a flyweight title protection by Juliana Velasquez from Denise Kielholtz. These are the three we will be breaking down this 7 days.
Miesha Tate vs. Marion Reneau (UFC on ESPN 26)
The absurdity of me composing about what Miesha Tate must do in a combat is not shed on me. Tate is an individual who is on my Mount Rushmore of women’s MMA. But I have a job to do and I am going to do it.
Tate comes in at 18-7 for her initially fight in four and a 50 % several years. Her final outing came in November 2016, which resulted in a loss to Raquel Pennington. With that much time off, it is seriously hard to delve far too considerably into what a recreation approach may well be, what her goal is in this battle and in which she may well have enhanced or turn into a diverse fighter. What we do know from social media posts is that she looks in amazing condition and is definitely severe about this comeback.
We can only go with what we know, and we know is Tate is an fantastic wrestler and at her most effective can contend with any one on the floor. My idea is this is a “get the win” type fight. What I imply by that is not stress about placing on a present, not stress about trying to glance great, just get the victory, demonstrate she’s again and then transfer on from there. In essence, stick to what she does finest.
So that means get the battle to the floor. But how does she get it there? Reneau is someone who has incredibly fantastic motion and is incredibly good at obtaining in and out. I expect Tate to established traps. I consider her prepare may well be to try out and bring Reneau to her a lot more so than go to Reneau for the takedowns. Reneau has really fantastic kicks and shooting in may direct to ducking ideal into a single of those kicks. I think we will see Tate toss a good deal of feints, try out and get Reneau to respond to those, then Tate can seem for her takedowns.
I’ll try and give you a visible of what I mean. Tate can pump her jab the moment or twice, not definitely throwing it but just place it out there as if she’s heading to throw it. From there she attempts to get Reneau to respond to, try and come back with punches of her personal and in that forward motion by Reneau, Tate can then appear in very low. With the head kick danger not there, she can shoot at her legs and get Reneau off harmony or wrap her arms all around her, preferably all-around the midsection in this circumstance and drag her down to the mat.
The moment Tate will get it to the floor she can definitely go to get the job done. Tate isn’t an individual who is heading to maul you on the ground. She’s good, she’s individual and she will work to create openings for progression, a submission try or clearly floor and pound. The floor and pound will be her finest prospect at advancing. She’s received fantastic ample management on the floor that she can posture up, rain down punches and try and get you to give up your back. If she senses you performing something, she can speedily get manage of your human body again.
Lots of of us are excited to see Tate back again in a cage, but don’t search for some “Fight of the Night” caliber functionality from her. Not because she’s not capable of that, but since which is not the sort of fight she desires in this one particular.
As we welcome again Tate, we say goodbye to Reneau. At 9-7-1, her report may well not scream out “look at me”, but she’s so a great deal much better than that record signifies. Glance at some of the names on that reduction column. Raquel Pennington, Cat Zingano, Holly Holm, Yana Kunitskaya, Julia Avila. Reneau is a person who deserves regard and is somebody who has been a great representative for girls in our activity.
But, prior to she leaves, she has one extra battle. So what do we see out of Reneau in this article? Just after struggling with Macy Chiasson in her previous battle, she’s most likely ecstatic to have a get to edge in this just one. And that arrive at edge of two inches could be massive for her. Reneau has a really reliable ground activity, but the floor is not where she desires to be in this article. She’s going to be there at some point for the reason that I count on this combat to go the distance and you aren’t preventing Miesha Tate for three rounds without the need of traveling to the mat. But the for a longer period she stands, the far better her odds. I stated that Reneau has excellent kicks and she also has wonderful motion. She’s likely to want to use the two.
Leg kicks are going to just take the explosion out of Tate, and make takedowns more durable. Tougher might not be the very best option of words, but what I mean is when you consider out that explosion from them, they turn out to be easier to get absent from, easier to shake off and less difficult to see coming. They are slower and you have additional response time. So I hope to see kicks coming from Reneau ideal absent and normally.
The motion will serve as the finest way to not get taken down. Reneau has a two-strike blend the place she goes leg kick and then a cross. I want to see that in this article. She can toss that kick, stick to with the punch and she can roll ideal off the punch and circle out of there. And who is familiar with, if she lands that a few times, Tate may get started to expect it and commence trying to protect herself. That will open up other strikes that Tate is not expecting and Reneau can do damage with people.
One more detail I would not thoughts out of Reneau is clinching as very long as she puts Tate’s back again to the cage. If she’s on the outside of that clinch, she has some good strikes from that positions.
Also, use that achieve benefit. If Tate desires to jab her way in, jab with her for the reason that your jab is heading to land first. If Tate arrives ahead with her jabs and you blast one at her, it hits 1st, it stops Tate in her tracks and once yet again, you can circle out from there.
The a single point I actually really don’t want to see from Reneau is becoming overly intense. Reneau can be pretty affected person and that is a good issue right here. Recklessly coming forward against Tate is a oversight since when you are reckless you are not getting sensible defensively occasionally and that is one more position exactly where takedowns can transpire.
Amanda Lemos vs. Montserrat Ruiz (UFC on ESPN 26)
This is one particular that has really enjoyment likely. You have a person with an outstanding Muay Thai type versus anyone with a powerful wrestling design and style. But both equally are more than excellent at the other’s design.
Let us get started with Lemos. She arrives in at 9-1-1 riding a a few-battle profitable streak, most a short while ago a destruction of Livia Souza in March. The get above Souza seriously place people on detect. Whilst she has other superior wins, that was the one that produced persons say wow.
Lemos will be hunting to hold this fight on the feet and she has some advantages that will assist her do so. For starters, she has a great 4-inch get to gain and in a combat in opposition to an individual who will be seeking to function her way into a clinch, that attain edge is substantial. In addition, she has extremely impressive leg kicks which are going to enable her sluggish down Ruiz when Ruiz wants to punch her way in.
So what is the best tactic in this article for Lemos? She has two distinctive strategies she can go here. First off, use that achieve edge. Lemos can continue to keep pumping out that jab and use it to develop adhere to-up ability photographs. Solitary jab adopted by a ability shot on some events and then double jab followed by a ability shot on other. Retaining Ruiz guessing will aid as well. She can also abide by individuals up with leg kicks. Ending a combo with a leg kick will be where by she can get started using the legs out from less than Ruiz. Do not be at all shocked if you see Ruiz really knocked down a time or two by all those leg kicks.
A further possibility is lead with leg kicks. If she needs to do that, she can get started having Ruiz to decrease her fingers and then that opens up electricity punches as very well. The only threat on that is a person of them currently being caught. But she throws them so quickly and so hard that I really don’t assume that that is likely to be considerably of a stress.
A little something to absolutely check out for is for Lemos to concentrate early and generally on all those very low kicks. I imagine she could concentration on them and have Ruiz contemplating and reacting to them. After a time when Ruiz is thinking low, we may possibly see Lemos arrive up high with a head kick. I never assume a Rose Namajunas about Weili Zhang style of a end is out of the issue.
Now, if Ruiz does operate her way in, does get the clinch, Lemos is extremely strong so she can look to reverse and set the again of Ruiz on the cage. If she does that, she can be fairly risk-free. But she wants to preserve her possess back off the cage. Ruiz has excellent takedowns, particularly that head-and-arm throw. If it does go down, Lemos isn’t undesirable on the ground. So she will not worry down there and will just want to preserve herself shielded.
Ruiz will come in at 10-1 immediately after successful a choice in her UFC debut over Cheyanne Purchases in March. “Conejo” is really quick to breakdown here. She has some shortcomings as significantly as what she wishes to attain, but she is also the variety who will not panic individuals drawbacks and will perform all-around them.
What she wishes is to get into that clinch and get the combat to the ground. But she has to function her way in with that four-inch achieve downside. I would like to see Ruiz really stay again a little bit and let Lemos come to her. Allow Lemos do some of her perform for her. Even so she won’t do that, it’s just not her design and style. Ruiz is likely to check out and place Lemos on the cage. To be effective on that, she wants to be prepared to take in punches, for the reason that she is heading to get punched undertaking so. It is critical that she keeps her fingers up. If she seems to just jab her way in, maintain the other hand up protecting her head from the counters. If she attempts to just one-two her way in and just bull hurry ahead, then whichever hand isn’t throwing, maintain bringing the other a single back up.
Defensively, she desires to check out leg kicks. If she does not check out them, it is likely to doubly problems her. Initial off, they are likely to hurt like hell, and that is hardly ever great. Next, as the hurt mounts up, it is going to sluggish her down and then she’s in critical hassle for the reason that it’s likely to choose away her capability to go in as she desires to.
If she receives the clinch, she desires to be on the exterior, just like Lemos. Staying outside the house the clinch is priority No. 1. From there, she is quite inventive with her takedowns and if she has time to function, she must be equipped to determine out a way to the ground.
After on the floor, be client, which she can be when she demands to be. Don’t rush anything at all and eliminate the posture to another person who is also excellent on the ground. If she is client, lands some strikes, she can make openings for a submission.
Juliana Velasquez vs. Denise Kielholtz (Bellator 262)
This is a combat I am unbelievably excited for. If this one particular lasts a number of rounds, it has opportunity to be a “Fight of the Year” contender. The terrible element is that it is fairly straight forward. What you see is what you get and there is not really a ton for me to crack down.
Velasquez, the reigning flyweight champion arrives in with a history of 11- in her very first protection since getting the title from Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in December of 2020. Listed here is something I like about Velasquez: she is very good everywhere and can adapt to on the other hand a fight is heading. I think using this one to the floor will be the good enjoy for her. But in advance of we get there, let us chat about the ft.
Velasquez is really patient. She will just take time to get her opponents timing, see what they are trying to do and then go from there. She’ll stroll them down if essential, or transfer and circle if needed. Her remaining hand is extremely strong and her southpaw stance will work to a huge gain at situations. In this struggle, that endurance will be vital. Kielholtz has wonderful kickboxing and electricity, so participating in a fireplace struggle may possibly not be a smart idea for Velasquez. She will get pleasure from a arrive at benefit in this combat and that is a fantastic weapon to have at her disposal..
Now, you do not essentially want to get into a kickboxing match with Kielholtz, but Velasquez can throw kicks simply because I just can’t envision Kielholtz will appear to catch one particular and go for a takedown. So her weapons of option will be jab and front kicks/press kicks. All those will serve the intent of retaining Kielholtz away, but also all those are what she can use to set up that difficult still left hand. She will require to land some of these lefts since she’ll want to get the regard of Kielholtz. If Kielholtz does not regard the energy, she’s going to appear in challenging and fast and Velasquez won’t want that. A reckless Kielholtz is perilous and also tricky.
Assuming I am proper and Velasquez desires it on the ground, or at the very least wants to combine in takedowns, how does she get it there? It’s genuinely not as challenging as some other situations I have composed about. Right here is the 2nd purpose that it is essential for Velasquez to land a number of of these difficult ability punches. After Kielholtz respects that remaining, she will start off to be expecting it off of the jab. So if Velasquez lands and has results with just a standard 1-2 or 1-1-2 mixture, she can then come in with the shot off the jab. Kielholtz will do one of two things, possibly back again up following the jab or put her hands up significant to block the cross. Either way, the shot and takedown are now simpler for Velasquez. If she can get within, she can glance for the clinch and the takedown from there. I really do not expect the pictures until eventually round two mainly because of the persistence of Velasquez.
Kielholtz arrives in at 6-2, a winner of her final four, all by stoppage and the last 3 in the to start with spherical. This one particular is definitely pretty very simple. Kielholtz needs to be intense. Don’t enable Velasquez remain back and determine issues out. Put her on the defensive ideal absent. Kielholtz is a fantastic kickboxer. Her one particular dread will be Velasquez catching a leg, but as prolonged as Kielholtz snaps them immediately, disguises them and mixes them in nicely, I think she’ll be great. Kielholtz can land some fewer-than-conventional combos. Just one I have witnessed her land that I truly like is a jab-hook. Which is not prevalent due to the fact it arrives from the exact hand. It is not frequent since you have to land 1 and then quickly modify the angle of your arm and in which you throw it. To snap them off immediately is not simple. A reward is, with it remaining a lot less common, typically an opponent isn’t anticipating it and therefore the hook is genuinely catching them off guard.
Kielholtz has very little to shed and every little thing to get. She is a pretty sizeable underdog and most people today are not anticipating her to get. But she can get and one particular matter about her is she constantly thinks she is heading to get. Her self esteem is really huge for her. She’s not likely to have any fear and this is a little something that is going to help push her aggression and fearlessness. She is pretty able of catching Velasquez with a little something big early. Velasquez, as I reported, likes to be client and come to feel matters out. If Kielholtz places her on the defensive right away, it will take absent the means of Velasquez to get her timing and it also usually takes absent what Velasquez likes to do, which can direct to blunders.
What Kielholtz just can’t do is enable herself to get off balance. Off stability is heading to permit the takedowns from Velasquez to arrive less complicated. Kielholtz wants to use her fantastic approach, land and reset. Really don’t toss matters that if they miss will guide to a stumble or far too substantially of her bodyweight shifted to one particular aspect of the system.
Finally, if the fight will get taken to the floor, just be secure. Really do not be challenging, really don’t consider threats, make Velasquez have to get paid each move, each and every advance and every single submission endeavor.
That is it for this 7 days. Lot’s of exciting fights this weekend, love them.