How To Beat Michael Venom Page

Michael Venom Page’s Fighting Style

Throughout his MMA career, Michael Venom Page has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in a sideways orthodox stance trying to get them into striking range. If he can achieve the goal, Venom would stand on the edge of the pocket and constantly change switch stances. For example, Michael would start rounds in an orthodox stance repeatedly throwing the left jab followed by an occasional straight right. However, halfway through the round Page would go to a southpaw stance to throw the right leg side kick to the body and legs. Not only will Page switch stances to throw the left jab and right leg side kick but he also would occasionally square up to throw a right flying knee. The stance switching forced opponents to stand in place for a substantial amount of time as they tried to figure out what is the best strategy to close the distance and land some strikes. For instance, Fernando González spent large chunks of the fight against Michael “Venom” Page standing in place with his hands positioned at or above the jawline. This is because González had a hard time figuring out what was the best way to close the distance and land some strikes. As a result, Page repeatedly landed the left jab or right leg side kick without much resistance.

How To Beat Michael Venom Page

However, one can argue that Michael Venom Page fighting style will be the catalyst for his first loss. This is because every time he moves forward to close the distance, Page has his hands down by his side. Due to this, Michael is continuously giving his opponents an opportunity to land punches to the body without resistance. As a result of this, when Michael “Venom” Page comes forward, his opponent should look to land a couple strikes to the exposed chest and abdomen. After this happens, the opponent should either cover up or slightly slide back to avoid much damage until Michael is done. When Page is finished with the combination, the opponent should restart the process of attacking the body. If the opponent can successfully implement the game plan for the first half of the fight, Michael should become more of a stationary target in the latter half. As a result, he should have the opportunity to stand his ground and throw more power punches.

On the other hand, the opponent could wait until Michael Venom Page squares up to throw the right flying knee. Once he starts jumping, the opponent could sidestep or slide out of range to avoid the strike. When Page is on his way down, the opponent can start the process of getting back into range. After this happens, the opponent can extend his arms in an attempt to get the process of a clinch started. If he can achieve the goal, he can transition into the single/ double leg takedown or a leg sweep to get the fight to the floor. Once they are on the floor, the opponent can hurt Michael “Venom” Page with some ground and pound.

Justin Gaethje Prioritizes Entertainment Over Winning

Throughout his MMA, Justin Gaethje has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If he is successful, Justin will throw a few leg kicks to start the process of limiting the mobility of the opponent. For example, if Justin is facing an orthodox fighter, he will attack the lead left leg by throwing a right outside kick mixed with an occasioned left inside kick. On the other hand, if Gaethje faces a southpaw, he will attack the lead right leg by throwing a right inside kick mixed with an occasioned left outside kick. Once Justin Gaethje is done throwing the initial sequence of leg kicks, he will stand in place and cover up his face until the opponent completes the counter-attack. After the opponent completes the counter-attack, Justin will restart the process of throwing leg kicks. Eventually, the fight comes down to which fighter can withstand the most punishment.

However, one can argue Justin Gaethje’s fighting style has been the catalyst for his losses in MMA. This is because every time he moves forward to close the distance, Justin always maintains his hands at or above the jawline. Due to this, Gaethje is regularly giving his opponents an opportunity to land punches to the body without resistance. For instance, Eddie Alvarez threw a lot of hooks and uppercuts to the body whenever Justin Gaethje stopped throwing his leg kicks. The body punches kept zapping Justin of energy to the point where his body gave out in the third round from one final blow.

Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje Fight Video UFC 218

Due to this, one would assume that Justin Gaethje prioritizes having entertaining fights over winning because if he truly cared about winning; Gaethje would circle out after throwing leg kicks. Circling out would reduce the opponent’s ability to land a counter attack because Gaethje wouldn’t be within striking range. Furthermore, it would force the opponent to waste a bit of energy dragging the damaged leg around. Once he gets out of range, he can pick a spot in the octagon to wait for the opponent, and when he gets there, Justin can restart the process of throwing leg kicks and circling out. If Justin Gaethje can successfully implement the game plan for the first half of the fight, the opponent should become more of a stationary target in the latter half. As a result, he should have the opportunity to stand his ground and throw more power punches.

Max Holloway Should Be A Tough Opponent For Khabib Nurmagomedov

Over the past 4.5 years, Max Holloway has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If he is successful, Max will repeatedly circle into the opponent’s power hand to analyze the hand placement of the opponent. For instance, if the opponent places the hands at jaw level or higher, he will give Holloway the opportunity to target the body and legs. This is because the opponent usually can’t drop his fists in time to block or deflect the strike. On the other hand, if the opponent places the hands below the jaw, he will give Holloway the opportunity to target the head. After Max is done gathering the data, he will look to exploit the areas that his opponent leaves open. For example, Jeremy Stephens would place his hands at about jaw-level for the most part which meant the body and legs were exposed continuously. As a result, Max Holloway decided to feature a heavy dose of the right jab and left kick to the body.

Jeremy Stephens vs Max Holloway fight video – ufc 194

Due to this, Max Holloway should look to attack the head of Khabib Nurmagomedov. This is because Nurmagomedov has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into grappling range. If Khabib is successful, he will throw the left jab followed by the right uppercut to get the opponent to raise their hands. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives Khabib an easy takedown attempt; because his foe will not have time to get the under hooks in to stop the takedown. Due to this, Nurmagomedov can quickly drop down to grab one or both of the opponent’s legs and start pushing him towards the fence. Once this process is complete, he will regrip the legs to attempt a takedown to get the fight to the ground. If he is successful, he will proceed to establish wrist control and try to land some ground and pound. Eventually, the referee is usually forced to stop the fight because the foe can’t block the punches thrown by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

However, one can argue that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fighting style will be the catalyst for his first loss. This is because every time he moves forward to close the distance his left hand is always on the rib cage area. As a result of this, the left side of his face is continually wide open to be hit. Furthermore, whenever Khabib gets hit on the left side of his face, he freezes for a couple of seconds because he hasn’t gotten used to being punched. Therefore I would suggest that his opponents throw one or two punches to the left side of his face and immediately circle out in either direction. This strategy will force Khabib Nurmagomedov to regularly reset and go back to square one since he seems to be uncomfortable with being punched. Due to this, Khabib Nurmagomedov will start chasing his opponents around the Octagon in hopes getting a takedown which leaves him open to more strikes.

 

Unfortunately, Max Holloway has spent the majority of the past two months rehabilitating the ankle injury which forced him to withdraw from UFC 222. On the March 19th episode of the MMA Hour, he said that “his physical therapy has been progressing well and he’s hoping to receive doctor’s clearance to return to action soon.” Due to this, one would think that Holloway will be in subpar cardiovascular shape because he has been in rehab instead of training to fight. Therefore, the fight should be extremely competitive for the first two rounds, with Khabib’s constant pressure fatiguing Max in the later rounds.

However, if Max Holloway had a normal training camp he would beat Khabib Nurmagomedov. This is because he would have the stamina to implement an in and out game plan for five rounds. For example, every time Khabib comes forward, he can target the left side of the face by throwing the right jab followed by the right hook or straight right. Once Max is done, he has the speed to circle out of grappling range before Khabib can shoot for a takedown which forces Nurmagomedov to constantly reset.

 

Tony Ferguson Should Be A Tailor-Made Opponent For Khabib Nurmagomedov

Over the past half-decade, Tony Ferguson has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If he is successful, Tony will spend a few seconds feinting the left jab or using body movement to analyze the hand placement of the opponent. For instance, if the opponent places the hands at jaw level or higher, he will give Ferguson the opportunity to target the body and legs. This is because the opponent usually can’t drop his fists in time to block or deflect the strike. On the other hand, if the opponent places the hands below the jaw, he will give Ferguson the opportunity to target the head. Once Tony Ferguson collects the information, he will dart forward and attack the open areas. For instance, Rafael Dos Anjos maintained his hands at jaw level or higher during the first round of the fight. As a result, Ferguson featured a lot of right kicks aimed at the midsection and legs.

Due to this, Tony Ferguson should look to attack the head of Khabib Nurmagomedov. This is because Nurmagomedov has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into grappling range. If Khabib is successful, he will throw the left jab followed by the right uppercut to get the opponent to raise their hands. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives Khabib an easy takedown attempt; because his foe will not have time to get the under hooks in to stop the takedown. Due to this, Nurmagomedov can quickly drop down to grab one or both of the opponent’s legs and start pushing him towards the fence. Once this process is complete, he will regrip the legs to attempt a takedown to get the fight to the ground. If he is successful, he will proceed to establish wrist control and try to land some ground and pound. Eventually, the referee is usually forced to stop the fight because the foe can’t block the punches thrown by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

However, one can argue that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fighting style will be the catalyst for his first loss. This is because every time he moves forward to close the distance his left hand is always on the rib cage area. As a result of this, the left side of his face is continually wide open to be hit. Furthermore, whenever Khabib gets hit on the left side of his face, he freezes for a couple of seconds because he hasn’t gotten used to being punched. Therefore I would suggest that his opponents throw one or two punches to the left side of his face and immediately circle out in either direction. This strategy will force Khabib Nurmagomedov to regularly reset and go back to square one since he seems to be uncomfortable with being punched. Due to this, Khabib Nurmagomedov will start chasing his opponents around the Octagon in hopes getting a takedown which leaves him open to more strikes.

Unfortunately, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s weakness should be negated by Tony Ferguson’s propensity to dart forward as he attacks. Every time Ferguson dashes forward, he will be within Khabib’s grappling range. As a result of this, Khabib can just duck down to grab one or both of his legs and start pushing him towards the fence. Once this process is complete, he will regrip the legs to attempt a takedown to get the fight to the ground. If he is successful, he will proceed to establish wrist control and try to land some ground and pound. Eventually, this style will drain most of the stamina from Ferguson thus preventing a comeback on his part.

 

How To Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov