UFC 79: Nemesis
Saturday December 29 9:00PM (EST)
Dean Lister vs. Jordan Radev
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Dean "The Boogeyman Lister" (9-5) could not punch his way out of a wet paper bag. In terms of striking he is a orange belt level at best. His stand up game is very very weak and he looks very awkward. In jujitsu and grappling he is one of the best out there. In North America he is one of the best gi and no gi grapplers as he has competed in the ADCC competition many times. He has a background in wrestling and was two time U.S. National Sambo Champion. His Brazilian Jujitsu pedigree is impressive as learned from Fabio Santos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. Submission wise he is a beast as he is a four-time U.S. Machado National Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion (weight class and open classes), and a National Gracie Jiu Jitsu champion.
Dean has competed in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) championship (2000, 2003, and 2005) and won the Abu Dhabi Absolute Division championship in 2003, as well as two Superfights in 2003 and 2005; in addition, he set a tournament record by defeating 4 of his opponents consecutively (3 by submission) in 2003. In jujitsu he is all world and is amazing but he has yet to put together an all round mixed martial arts game.
Though he has not put together great wins in the octagon, this match against Jordan Radev (11-2) is ideal for Lister’s fight game. This is a Middleweight bout and Radev walks around 205 and cutting 20 pounds might be tough for him. Making weight will be a problem and even if he does he might be so drained for the fight that the Boogeyman will just over power him.
Radev is a very strong fighter and he background is wrestling from Bulgaria and made the Bulgarian Olympic wrestling team, so this MMA fight will be a classic wrestler versus grappler. Radev does not have good hands and can not put much power behind his punches but he is a wrestler and he will try to take Lister down for a ground and pound. Lister trains enough with Tito and Rampage Jackson so he has the ability to avoid the ground and pound. Due to Listers incredible hip movement he wil be able to avoid any damage from Radev's ground and pound.
Bottom Line: Radev does have the punching power to beat Lister and this well be his first time in the UFC octagon in front of a large crowd and he will be fighting a world class grappler in Lister. Despite Lister's lack of a stand up game he has nerver been knocked out and he has fought some of the toughest middleweights in the world like Ricardo Arona, Akira Shoji, Amar Suloev, and Nathan Marquardt. This fight will be reminiscent to the Alessio Sakara fight at UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie where once on the ground Lister will be able to dominate. Wrestlers don't like to be on their back and once the fight goes to the ground Radex will be like fish out of water.
Lister wins by second round triangle choke
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