HarthorneWingo wrote: Manhattan Project wrote:
HarthorneWingo wrote:I'll give this one a shot.
I don't think we see the same Brian Ortega we saw before this hiatus. He has an entire new training team and he's been working hard. I think Ortega is going to look to use his stand up to get this fight to the ground. I know Zombie has pretty good ground defense too so this should be a great fight.
Yeah that's the thing, even when Zombie loses it's in spectacular fashion as many of them have been fight of the nights. Ortega is similar that his fights tend to be performances or fight of the nights. To beat Jung, you have to beat him, Ortega loves to go for that choke that I just don't see him being able to get off. Maybe Ortega comes in humbled after the loss to Holloway, perhaps he comes back like Garbrandt and gets back to the basics.
Oh, I think without a doubt he was humbled. Check out The Weasel's take
Holy crap! I didn't even realize Gamrot was with the UFC now. When Weasel says KSW is one of the best promotions overseas, he's not kidding. KSW is one of the most entertaining leagues outside of the UFC and without the star power that a One or Bellator has. Mateusz is the TRUTH! I don't know the other fella well enough to comment on but that fight is automatic fun (Gamrot will join Jiri Prochazka as Euro fighters that I massively hype until they force me to stop...Jiri vs Blachowicz is the fight we need but no one knows it yet).
But the main piece of discussion is definitely Ortega/Zombie
. I do think he has the requisite power to knock KZ down or off balance, I just don't know if he has the technique necessary. The new camp and training regiment could change things, but he didn't before and he also had an ACL tear last year. So the added variables are new camp and team, potential octagon rust and returning from a bad knee injury. I typically wouldn't expect a guy off a knee injury to focus his training on wrestling that he hasn't done (picture going from ACL surgery to tapping your knee on a single leg entry and driving through, no bueno for the inexperienced).
For me, I always had KZ comfortably taking this as long as he keeps it on the feet. Weasel got at this but I didn't like the examples he gave; Zombie chews up pressure and volume guys. I'm more thinking about how he was walking away with the Yair fight and how he did Hominick though. What has always scared me about this fight though is that Zombie is completely not scared to take whatever an opponent gives him. I've never considered him a tactician, just a guy who is so well-rounded that he capitalizes when a weakness appears. He has fun out there and it cost him the Yair fight and I could completely picture him playing to comfortably in clinch or ground situations. I'm curious myself to see both guys roll but I also think that's the obvious place for Ortega to steal the fight.
I'd take Zombie by decision. I'm expecting a FotN winner built off of Ortega's chin and Zombie's do-it-all style. And I'll do yall one better...I think Zombie has the goods to be a really scary opponent for Volkanovski too (I like the match-up with Volk better than Max for Zombie).
On a side note, it's rare that I don't agree with Zombie but I don't picture Chookagian having a Joanna-lite performance against Andrade. I'm not a fan of Chookagian at all, so it's probably bias. I think Andrade, for as plodding as she is, can find enough leg kicks and hooks to the body where Katlyn will slow down and not be able to avoid the trouble. It's tough to say though because Jessica's been night and day from 135 to 115. Now at 125 and against the rangiest opponent she could ask for, it's kind of the perfect test to see if her strength translates 10 lbs up. I got Andrade with a late stoppage.
Also there's a GREAT boxing match on Saturday. Vasyl Lomachenko aka my favorite fighter to watch vs Teofimo Lopez aka a VERY good fighter with a nice extensive amateur record and who has looked great. Loma has hit a point in his career where my boxing head friends just want to see him get pressed, so I never know if it's a bias thing...but some of my buddies are really gassing Lopez for this one. I don't see it. Always fun to note about my boy Loma, he had almost 400 amateur boxing fights and Lopez had over 150 himself...so these guys bring an OBNOXIOUS amount experience to the ring.