EXCLUSIVE | Alan Jouban picks Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson over Tyron Woodley and explains why
UFC welterweight Alan Jouban is looking to make a big statement in his next fight coming up against the undefeated Mike Perry at UFC on FOX 22 in December. Jouban is confident that with a big win over Perry, he will punch his way into the UFC welterweight rankings.
“Brahma” recently was a guest on BJPenn.com Radio and spoke with our host “Kinch” about the UFC welterweight division and the division’s title fight between the champion Tyron Woodley and contender Stephen Thompson.
“Unless I’m proven wrong, I look at Woodley as a more explosive and athletic Johny Hendricks,” Jouban said on BJPenn.com Radio. “Wrestling base, very big body, heavy hands. So he does have that factor, that edge, that Hendricks never had against ‘Wonderboy.’ But, at the same time, ‘Wonderboy’ put him away.”
Jouban went on to break down past fights of Woodley where he had a hard time against good strikers such as former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald, who is now signed with Bellator MMA.
“We’ve seen when Rory MacDonald just outclassed Woodley and Woodley looked like he didn’t really have any striking at that point. And other guys like that like when he was knocked out in Strikeforce by Nate Marquardt. So, we’ve seen him exposed a couple times. He’s probably evolved, I don’t doubt it. I mean he’s training at Roufusport, which is a great camp. Duke is a great coach and he’s probably evolved his game somewhat.
“Long story short, I think that ‘Wonderboy’ will be able to expose Woodley’s striking and Woodley is gonna have to get more desperate with the big overhand right, try to get the takedown and if he doesn’t get the takedown, I think ‘Wonderboy’ is gonna put him away. So yeah, I see ‘Wonderboy’ having the new welterweight championship strap.”
Who are you predicting to win the UFC welterweight title fight between the champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley and challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson when they meet in the Octagon at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on November 12? Sound off in the comment section and let us know who you got!
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