Jorge Masvidal Is Going To Upset Donald Cerrone At UFC On Fox 23

By Zamir Bueno
Jan. 23, 2017

Even though many MMA pundits expect Donald Cerrone to beat Jorge Masvidal that shouldn't be the case. Throughout his UFC career, Cerrone has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. This trend has helped Cerrone win the majority of his UFC fights because his opponents didn't have the stamina to cut angles in the process of moving backward to avoid any strikes from landing. Due to this, some opponents are forced to give into his pressure because they would attempt to cut angles and experience early fatigue from a lack of stamina which would put them in a position to have to exchange with him. On the other hand, some opponents came to the conclusion that they were better off trading punches with him because they were aware of the fact that they didn't  have the stamina to cut angles. As a result of this, Cerrone would have ample opportunities to get within his striking range and inflict damage on his opponents. During these occasions, he would mainly throw a right leg kick followed up by a left kick to the body or a left jab with an occasional left head kick mixed in. While this strategy has given Cerrone so much success, there are a few flaws within this strategy that can be easily exploited. For instance, when he would try to walk down his opponents Cerrone would always carry his hands at chest height. As a result, he would leave his head and body wide open to be countered.

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Although most of his opponents haven't been able to withstand this strategy, there is a reason to believe that Jorge Masvidal is one of few fighters who can withstand the pressure and proceed to exploit his flaws. This is because Masvidal likes to stand in the pocket to bait his opponents into thinking that he is there to be hit. Due to this, the opponent will throw the punch and Masvidal will hop out of range or step to the side at the last moment. As a result, the opponent will miss and leave himself wide open for a counter. If Masvidal can apply this strategy to the Cerrone fight, he will have many opportunities to land a counter. For instance, he can step to the side and throw a right kick to the body or a left hook to the body when Cerrone is about to throw. Due to this, Masvidal should be able to pull off the upset and win this fight. 

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