Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight finishers Anthony Pettis and Charles Oliveira will collide this Saturday (Aug. 27, 2016) at UFC on FOX 21 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. In a match up of kickboxer and Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Let’s break it down.
There’s no doubt that Pettis is on the roughest slide of his entire mixed martial arts (MMA) career. After winning and defending the Lightweight title in dominant fashion, the flashy kickboxer lost the belt and dropped his next two bouts as well, forcing him to flee from the 155-pound division.
Oliveira made that same division switch years ago, and it really has paid off for him, even if he does struggle with the weight cut. Outside of a really strange fluke injury opposite Max Holloway, Oliveira has looked pretty stellar lately, beating up and largely finishing some tough foes.
Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both athletes:
Key Wins: Benson Henderson (UFC 164, WEC 53), Gilbert Melendez (UFC 181), Donald Cerrone (UFC on FOX 6)
Key Losses: Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 185), Eddie Alvarez (UFC Fight Night 81), Edson Barboza (UFC 197)
Keys to Victory: Pettis is a dynamic kickboxer with a dangerous jiu-jitsu game, which has resulted in 15 victories via finishes. While he has lost his last three fights, it is worth mentioning that all three defeats came to Top 5-ranked opposition.
He’s really not making much of a step down in competition here, either.
All in all, this is a dangerous and fairly unprecedented match up for Pettis. Pettis has faced wrestlers looking to take and hold him down, sure, but he’s never faced a jiu-jitsu wizard who’s very capable of tapping him — or anyone else — out.
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