UFC San Diego – New Blood: Mexico, Brazil, Poland, USA!

UFC San Diego – New Blood: Mexico, Brazil, Poland, USA!

Fight Nights maximum regularly serve as quite a lot of recent faces, and thanks to a few withdrawals, UFC San Diego this weekend (Sat., Aug. 13, 2022) will have more than usual. On this model of “New Blood,” the gathering where I bear more than somebody else on this planet when battle taking part in playing cards get reshuffled, we take a look at two elite more youthful Strawweights, Poland’s latest Heavyweight, and a CFFC champion.

Yazmin Jauregui

Weight Class: Strawweight
Age: 23
Record: 8-0 (6 KO)
Notable Victories: Stephanie Frausto

Jauregui — who began her professional career at merely 19 years old-fashioned — claimed the UWC Strawweight determine with a stoppage of Annely Jimenez in Nov. 2020. She then returned to Combate, where she scored 3 wins in a single night to win its 115-pound match.

In a few transient years, Jauregui has lengthy long gone from a green-but-promising all-rounder to probably the most necessary nastiest offensive strikers throughout the division. Her offense is all about rapid-fire boxing combinations mixed with sharp kicks firstly or end. I indicate range regulate such a lot in the ones articles, and Jauregui is an excellent example of doing it correct. She’ll slip within to land her footage, get merely out of range of the return fireplace, then dive once more in with additional footage as her opponent tries to reset. Even though at her easiest when she’s primary the dance at range, she’s a sharp counter-puncher as well and can perform a little nice damage with knees and elbows throughout the clinch.

And all of that is strengthened via dependable fight-ending calories.

She’s a stronger grappler than I expected, too. While I haven’t seen her profit from her wrestling of overdue, older footage revealed environment friendly double-leg and body lock takedowns. Her entries weren’t too great in 2019, but she was already adept at finishing her footage. Her takedown coverage is maximum regularly excellent, even if she did get dragged down in her most recent battle when her opponent timed Jauregui’s aggregate. To her credit score ranking, she immediately got once more up, took keep watch over of the clinch, and started mauling.

Jauregui is an actual blue-chip prospect and probably the most necessary further crowd pleasing new Strawweights we’ve seen shortly. I’ll be having a look at her career with great passion.

Opponent: She takes on fellow more youthful gun Iasmin Lucindo. Distance it will likely be key proper right here because of Lucindo is a dangerous grappler, but she stands so sq. that Jauregui’s combinations will to search out the mark a long way too without end. So long as Jauregui is her usual mindful self on that front, she may have to be able to take apart Lucindo.


Iasmin Lucindo

Weight Class: Strawweight
Age: 20
Record: 13-4 (8 KO, 2 SUB)
Notable Victories: Lucrezia Ria, Sarah Frota

Lucindo started her professional career 6-4 previous than even reaching her eighteenth birthday. She now reveals herself for the duration of a seven-fight win streak that almost all now not too way back spotted her out-class Contender Assortment alum, Lucrezia Ria.

She steps in for the injured Istela Nunes on one month’s notice.

Lucindo’s game is unassuming but environment friendly: throw one-two combinations and single kicks until she is going to wrap up a body lock, then on no account, ever let go. Whether or not or now not via tying up as overeager opponents rush in or bull-rushing them to the fence, she’s nigh-on now not imaginable once she manages to wrap up and get her trips going. She’s super heavy on top, patiently landing punches and strangely heavy elbows as she works her means towards mount or the once more. While her finishing record demonstrates her want for landing strikes instead of chasing submissions, she has confirmed a willingness to chase armbars as rounds wind down, even though she seems to wait slightly too long to do so.

Plus, even though you do set as much as get out from underneath her, she’s extraordinarily energy in dragging you correct go into reverse.

Her huge susceptible level at the moment is her sq. stance, which combines with limited head movement to leave her prone to in an instant strikes. Plus, while her private strikes are technically sound, they’re fairly slow and telegraphed outdoor of the very good spinning once more kick she landed on Ria closing time out. I’d moreover like to appear slightly further fluidity in her takedown entries; as bad as she is within, it’s no longer so much use if she is going to’t get there safely.

Nevertheless, she’s extremely promising for her age, and I will see her grappling wearing her at least into the Best 20. If she continues to expand, watch out.

Opponent: See above.

Tape: Her bout with Ria is on Fight Go.

Lukasz “The Bull” Brzeski

Weight Class: Heavyweight
Age: 30
Record: 8-1-1 (5 KO, 2 SUB)
Notable Victories: Dylan Potter (Overturned), Ednaldo Oliveira

“The Bull” — who closing tasted defeat in 2017 — choked out Dylan Potter on Contender Assortment to safe a UFC contract once more in 2021. Then were given right here a failed drug take a look at for clomiphene, which overturned the victory and resulted in a protracted suspension.

He fights for the main time in nearly 11 months.

For the main short time of a battle, Brzeski is strangely light-footed for his size, spamming low kicks while mixing in fairly sharp boxing combinations. Previous than long, even if, he slows down and switches to his usual approach: marching in with flurries and locking up the clinch. From there, he lands heavy knees alongside uppercuts from the only collar tie and looks for takedowns, whether they be body locks, double-legs, or single legs.

While no longer necessarily one of the vital adept at protective top position, he’s admirably aggressive at the side of his ground-and-pound, and he’s got some strategies from the best possible. When Potter worked his means into turtle position after a stint throughout the crucifix, Brzeski did a very good activity of steadily forcing Potter’s head down to stop him from standing while he landed punches.

His biggest problem is that he’s merely, well, actually sloppy once in a while. He assists in keeping his head and better body in an instant up when he rushes in, and those punches are huge, unsightly, looping problems once he shifts into energy-conservation mode. Moreover, while he fights remarkably well with a seemingly empty fuel tank, sucking wind previous than the main round even finishes is an unpleasant look.

I’d value Brzeski as cheap. I don’t see him becoming any more or less determine possibility without an intense energy and conditioning program, but that short-range mauling approach would possibly simply earn him a handful of wins in opposition to the Chase Shermans and Jared Vanderaas of the dep..

Opponent: He takes on fellow Contender Assortment graduate, Martin Buday, in what’s necessarily a godawful have compatibility up for “The Bull.” Buday is a similar more or less clinch specialist, but with exact cardio and around a 30-pound weight benefit. It possibly gained’t be beautiful, but expect Buday to just out-muscle and out-hustle Brzeski within.


Da’Mon “The Diamond” Blackshear

Weight Class: Bantamweight
Age: 27
Record: 12-4 (1 KO, 8 SUB)
Notable Victories: DeAndre Anderson, Mateo Vogel, Aalon Cruz

Blackshear fell transient in bids for CFFC and CES gold in opposition to longer term Contender Assortment alumni Pat Sabatini and Danny Sabatello as part of a 4-4 stoop. Undaunted, he went without delay to win 4 in an instant, claiming and protective the CFFC Bantamweight determine throughout the process.

He replaces Christian Quinonez on less than two weeks’ notice.

I will’t bring to mind a pithy, one-sentence descriptor for Blackshear, so let’s speak about his putting and grappling one at a time. He’s got a kick-heavy approach on the ft with a selected fondness for snap kicks to the body, plus the occasional flying and/or spinning means. If he doesn’t should chase his opponents, he’s fairly sharp, in particular with the counter-punching that earned him a knockdown in opposition to then-unbeaten DeAndre Anderson two fights once more.

It’s when he has to persuade that issues get up. Undoubtedly, he tends to run after opponents with huge single strikes, his chin unprotected the entire while. He moreover has a habit of planting his ft when countering, which leaves him huge open if his strike fails to connect. Everything combines to make him fairly awkward on the ft aside from the battle is constant at his hottest pace and distance.

There’s some very good problems to be discussed about his grappling, even if. He’s a top-notch scrambler with great balance and the usage of talents, very difficult to take and adhere down. He does a excellent activity of sitting up into his private takedown makes an strive when he in any case finally ends up on his once more and can hit some slick transitions, at the side of a kimura trap to once more take his closing time out. His favorite position appears to be the rear crucifix, but he moreover boasts a solid front headlock assortment.

Unfortunately, his ground game has fallen transient on the most efficient imaginable levels. Every Sabatini and Sabatello completely neutralized him with energy takedowns, to the aim where Blackshear gave the impression terrified to even attempt a strike. While he fought off most of Sabatini’s takedowns throughout the early going, he proved now not ready to separate, and he started hitting the deck when they hit the third and fourth rounds.

He without a doubt has talents, but he fell so transient in his steps up in school that I don’t see him making a large number of a dent throughout the Octagon. Middle of the pack at easiest.

Opponent: He takes on one-time sensation Youssef Zalal throughout the latter’s Bantamweight debut. Even though Zalal in a similar fashion did not pan out once his opposition got tougher, “The Moroccan Devil’s” energy wrestling attack should neuter Blackshear’s offense enough to earn him a win.

Tape: His CFFC bouts are on Fight Go.

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