Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass Set For UFC 146
The latest addition to the ever growing UFC 146 card is set between two lightweight fighters.
UFC 146 is set to take place on in May’s UFC 146 event set to take place in Las Vegas Nevada’s MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the main event UFC heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos will attempt to defend his title against Alistair Overeem.
After a less than perfect start in the UFC’s welterweight division, Jacob Volkmann has looked unstoppable amongst the promotions lightweights. Now riding a five-fight win streak, he will desperately look to gain a sixth straight win and prove to UFC matchmakers he belongs on the mix at 155. We last saw Volkmann up against the always game Efrain Escudero at UFC 141.
Sass is a British fighter who brings a solid 12-fight win streak into the matchup. We last saw him in action taking out Michael Johnson via heel hook at UFC on Versus 6 this past October. He has since been forced on the shelf due to injury but now with this recent booking to fight his ailments must be behind him.
No word on the bouts placement on the evening’s card but it will likely be thrown on the FX preliminary card broadcast. (Continue to page 2 to read the “Editors Breakdown”)
An interesting fight to break down, on one side you have a three time Division I All-America wrestler and on the other side a submission savvy fighter who has notched 11 submissions in 12 victories.
I think it is safe to assume that both fighters want to take it to the mat, but so often in these cases do the fights become a stand up contest.
I am a believer in the would be “Obama Slayer”, Mr. Jacob Volkmann, but it is hard to gauge the ceiling for a fighter who is undefeated, especially when his specialty plays right into the hands of his opponent.
My mind keeps flashing back to that third round against Escudero with Volkmann, where Efrain almost had him beat with that choke to win the fight. It’s possible, I suppose, that Sass can do the same thing. Maybe we saw the first glimmer of a weakness for Volkmann at lightweight in that fight and perhaps Sass is just the man to stop the unstoppable 155 pound wrestling machine.
I don’t know…
If I was a betting man, the safe money still lies with Volkmann. He has taken out the likes of the aforementioned Escudero, Ronys Torres and Antonio McKee and no one has seemed to have the answer to his dominant wrestling skillset.
Again, I hate picking against fighters who are undefeated because there was a time, for example, where Lyoto Machida and Jon Jones where making the climb in the UFC as undefeated prospects and they both rose to be champions. You never know when an undefeated fighter is the real deal or not and only through increased levels of competition do you find out.
Still though, safe money is on the wrestler, until someone can beat this guy at lightweight it’s hard for me to bet against him at least in the lower-mid tier of the division.