Going down in Houston on February 4, UFC Fight Night 104 features some awesome matchups to really showcase the female strawweight division plus some dudes fighting as well.
Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung
Bermudez is a current top 10 featherweight with a legit wrestling pedigree and enough power to get most fighters respect but wins most fights via decision. He is 9-3 in the UFC losing only in his debut to fighters ranked higher than him.
Dennis is giving up 3 inches in height and 7 inches in reach. He will have to get inside to land strikes and should be looking to press the pace and grind on the Zombie to test his cardio. He can’t get reckless in grappling exchanges and scrambles as Jung is very sneaky and opportunistic with submissions.
The Korean Zombie is finally returning to the cage after a two-year hiatus to fulfill South Korea’s mandatory military service. Once a top ten featherweight who challenge for the title is known for his exciting never move backward fight style. He was never going to be confused with the fastest guy in the division but brings some big power with a 7 second KO of Mark Hominick. Don’t sleep on this guy grappling as he is super crafty getting the first and only twister submission in the UFC and a d'arce choke on Dustin Poirier.
The biggest question is how will the time away from the cage effect his fighting. How much was he able to continue to train so the sport didn’t pass him up?
Prediction: Korean Zombie by Submission in the 3rd
Alexa Grasso vs. Felice Herrig
The UFC hopes to build more Mexican stars so Grasso gets to take on the attractive but not super dangerous Herrig in the co-main event. Grasso comes from Invicta undefeated with 44% of her wins coming by KO (the rest were by decision). She looks very posed in her UFC debut to veteran Jo Jo Clark and showed why she is such a promising prospect in the 115-pound division. Great at mixing up her shot with a strong understanding of distance and defense. Alexa looks to take another step with another step up in a competition.
Herrig has done a great job marketing herself and has some great credentials on paper with several kickboxing titles. Sadly, I have never been impressed with her skill set or athleticism. She has shown tons of heart in previous fights and has an underrated submission game. Will the experience be enough to get her another win?
Prediction: Grasso by decision
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jan “Prince of Cieszyn” Błachowicz
Both of these guys are 1-3 in their last 4 fights. Granted, against some top competition including Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Jimi Manuwa, and Glover Teixeira. This fight gets to figure out who stays in the top 15 which shows where the 205-pound division is I guess.
OSP is going to be a tiny bit taller with a slight reach advantage. Both men are well rounded but OSP should have the speed and power advantage on the feet. Jan should have the submission advantage if he can get the fight to the ground.
Jan has smashed everyone unranked opponent he has ever fought but gets wrecked when facing a quality opponent. Ovince has more wins against tougher opponents and believes he can leverage that to win at least 2 out of 3 rounds.
Prediction: OSP by decision
Tecia “The Tiny Tornado“ Torres vs. Bec Rawlings
Tecia is coming off the first loss of her career against Rose Namajunas by decision. She has a more traditional taekwondo style of striking and a high output of strike to win fights. At 5’ 1”, her height is going to limit her ability to effective against taller fighters in the division.
Love her to death but Bec can easily be labeled a tough brawler from Australia.
This fight is very stylistically favorable to Tecia as Rawling doesn’t have the grappling to stifle her strikes.
Prediction: Torres by decision
Jéssica Andrade vs. Angela Hill
Despite be a last minute replacement fight for UFC 207 that didn’t happen anyways, this excellent scap was rebooked for this Fight Night.
Andrade is a former bantamweight fighter that made her way down 20 pounds to the strawweight division for some impressive results. Her first fight against former title challenger, Jessica Penne, she stopped her in the second with strikes. Next fight was against the rising Calderwood and got the tap late in the first round for a fight night performance victory.
At this weight, she is a pitbull and will be difficult for anyone to deal with. Also, a great finisher with 80% of her wins not needing the judges.
Hill is a former WKA champ that went into TUF very green (1-0) and won her UFC debut but was outclassed in her next two fights. Since those losses, she went undefeated in Invicta to win and defend the title impressively.
Angela is a very talented striker and has shown much-improved takedown defense in her time in Invicta. She will need that to keep Jessica off of her and try to win the rounds.
Prediction: Andrade get the tap in under 2 rounds