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UFC Fight Night 83 fight card: Cody Garbrandt vs Augusto Mendes full fight preview

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Cody Garbrandt and Augusto Mendes will collide this Sunday (Feb. 21, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 83 inside Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a match up of knockout artist and submission fighter, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight prospects Cody Garbrandt and Augusto Mendes will clash this Sunday (Feb. 21, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 83 inside Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Unbeaten as a professional, Garbrandt was set to receive an important step up in competition against his first ranked opponent, John Lineker. However, the brawler fell ill to Dengue Fever, setting up Garbrandt to instead scrap with a Brazilian jiu-jitsu master.

Also undefeated, Mendes is just five fights into his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, but has a deep background in jiu-jitsu competition. Taking the fight on just six days notice, “Tanquinho” is looking to make an immediate name for himself.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for each fighter:

Cody Garbrandt
Record: 7-0
Key Wins: Marcus Brimage (UFC 182), Henry Briones (UFC 189)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: A rather successful amateur boxer and wrestler, Garbrandt was picked up by UFC after just five fights. Thus far, the 24-year-old fighter has lived up to his “prospect” label, defeating both of his UFC opponents without much issue.

Outside of his most recent win, Garbrandt has won each of his fights via knockout.

In this bout, it’s important that Garbrandt remains patient and fights smart early. Luckily, Garbrandt’s game plan is fairly obvious, as this is a definite sprawl-and-brawl situation.

His opponent only has one path to victory, and that’s to tie “No Love” up and force him to the mat. Therefore, Garbrandt should focus on utilizing his footwork and strikes to maintain distance, keeping his opponent uncomfortable ….View full article

Source:: mma mania