UFC Fight Night: VanZant vs Namajunas
UFC Ten Days of Fury (?)
The UFC has been running its 9 Days of Fury promotion I advance of Dec. 11, 12, and 19th’s events featuring 3 title fights and some major match ups. But what about December 10th’s event headlined by Paige VanZant? Well that’s a Fight Pass card meaning you need to subscribe to the UFC’s streaming service in order to watch the event. Once again Fight Pass proves to be more damaging to the company than it’s worth. It stifles the growth of the brand and the popularity of some of the fighters that need the boost the most.
UFC Fight Pass is a streaming service that offers up a massive back catalogue of past fights from the UFC, Pride, WEC, and many other fight promotions. On top of that the UFC was going to provide Fight Pass exclusive events. But subscribers must still purchase pay-per-view events. The idea was to give fans a single location where they can find old fights, and watch the latest events anywhere they’re at. But the price of admission is not worth the ride. At $9.99 a month, $8.99 a month for six months, or $7.99 a month for twelve months. You would at least expect a functional interface but they can’t even deliver that. Even worse for the UFC is that their subscription service is directly compared with the WWE Network, which for $9.99 a month not only offers an even larger back catalogue, but also includes 24/7 programing, and 12 pay-per-view events a year. The fact that the UFC doesn’t offer that same deal really makes their product look far inferior.
Worse yet the upcoming UFC Fight Pass event will showcase two young fighters that the UFC is desperately trying to promote in Paige VanZant and Sage Northcutt. Paige is making a push for a title fight, but this event won’t help her case. With less eyes watching the event it could tarnish the legitimacy of her title shot with an impressive victory on December 10ths Fight Night. Not to mention she has the looks that could help her become a media darling. The other important fighter is the 19 year-old wunderkind Sage Northcutt, who looks like a Dragon Ball Z character with a humble attitude. Again, he could dominate the media, much like he’s dominated his first six professional fights. These two look poised to be major assets in the UFC’s push towards wider mainstream popularity. Sadly they are stuck behind the Fight Pass pay-wall.
Here is a preview of the event the UFC has failed to promote.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. NAMAJUNAS
December 10, 2015
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 6:45/3:45PM ETPT, UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD 10PM/7PM ETPT
- Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant
The 21 year-old VanZant is tough as nails. She’s currently riding a three fight win streak and hopes that an impressive win over Namajunas will launch her into title contention. Namajunas is a pretty skilled Jiu-jitsu practitioner who submitted her last opponent in the first round. Look for VanZant’s well rounded fight game to first dominate the standing exchanges, then fend off Namajuna’s Jiu-jitsu and mount a brutal ground and pound attack.
- Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller
Jim Miller was once at the top the lightweight division on the verge of a title fight, but losses to the true top talent leveled him off to be more of a gate keeper for the top 10. At 32 years-old it doesn’t look like he has another title run in him, but he will never be an easy win for anyone. His skill set makes him a threat to anyone. Michael Chiesa is an Ultimate Fighter winner who has been slowly climbing up the division. Both fighters prefer to rely on their wrestling, Chiesa in general who is notorious for grinding out wins. Let’s hope Miller wins the wrestling match and locks in one of his submissions, because not many fans want to watch Chiesa wrestle his way to a decision victory.
- Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister
This is Northcutt’s fight to loose. Pfister is a good step up in competition for the young prospect. The UFC is being wise in their opponent selection, they would hate to throw Northcutt, whose only 19 years-old, to the wolves and watch him get beat and lose confidence in his abilities. Pfister is a wrestler first and foremost, which is a smart fight for Northcutt who possesses amazing strength and wrestling himself. By eliminating the fear of losing by knockout it looks like the UFC wants Sage to come out as aggressive as he wants and put on a spectacle for the fans. Sorry Cody Pfister but you’re being looked at as nothing more than a stepping stone for a guy the UFC is hoping will turn into a major money maker. I see Northcutt winning via TKO in the second round, he’ll dominate the first round but Pfister will stifle some of his offense with wrestling.
- Thiago Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
This should be a pretty good fight with Elias Theodorou looking to extend his undefeated streak to 13-0, but he’s going to have to get through a knock-out threat in Thiago Santos. Theodorou has a very well rounded set of skills and a non-stop pace which opens up a lot of his ground and pound. His elbows are particularly brutal, because he splits opponents open fairly often. Santos depends on his striking more than anything else, he finished his last fight with a thunderous one hit knock-out via head kick. I see Theodorou dragging Santos into the later rounds, where he tires him down and ground and pounds a TKO victory.
- John Howard vs. Tim Means
Here are two vets that have a tendency to give everything and never give up. John Howard can be summed up with one word, power. When he throws his hands he throws haymakers, when he takes someone down he slams them. Tim Means pours on the attack and is specifically aggressive from his back. So no matter where this fight takes place there is bound to be plenty of offense. Tim Means has a better gas tank which will let him keep up his attack all the way through all three rounds.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/ufc-fight-night-vanzant-vs/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/022510_LAS_MainEventAnn_1200x1200.0.0.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/022510_LAS_MainEventAnn_1200x1200.0.0.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisCombat SportsMMAMMA,PAige VanZant,Sage Northcutt,UFC,ufc fight nightUFC Ten Days of Fury (?) The UFC has been running its 9 Days of Fury promotion I advance of Dec. 11, 12, and 19th’s events featuring 3 title fights and some major match ups. But what about December 10th’s event headlined by Paige VanZant? Well that’s a Fight Pass...Michael GomezMichael Gomezmichaelgom3@gmail.comEditorMichael Gomez grew up on a healthy diet of sports and video games and has continued to enjoy both throughout his life. A student of California State University Channel Islands, Michael is majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. Naturally the combined interests in writing and sports lead to his involvement in sports media. When he's not meticulously following the NBA season, he's working on his fiction story, playing video games or enjoying a bite to eat. Follow him on twitter @MichaelGom3MyFantasySportsTalk