With wrestling steadily turning into a bigger a part of the image for each males after struggling some robust losses earlier of their careers, I will likely be curious to see who is ready to win out the early tie-ups and exchanges.
Since amassing his current return of momentum, Blachowicz has reestablished his full-time coaching camp in Warsaw, a spot the place the Pole has been in a position to shore up the holes that had been haunting him within the wrestling division.
Now, Blachowicz seems way more competent and cozy when altering ranges to counter aggression or when organising and chaining takedowns of his personal. More importantly, Blachowicz’s enhancements have additionally translated defensively, demonstrating strong defensive fundamentals when heading off offensive grapplers like Devin Clark, Luke Rockhold or Ronaldo Souza.
However, regardless of profitable these contests, the Polish contender spent a whole lot of time along with his again towards the fence in these fights – one thing that might be extra expensive given his present counterpart.
Wrestling since he was a teen in Brazil, Teixeira has at all times possessed underrated expertise on this division, effortlessly chaining off from his favored residence base of the single-leg place. Teixeira additionally shows strong layers of defensive grappling, both by stuffing preliminary photographs or neatly re-wrestling his manner again to his toes when taken down.
Even after being repeatedly rocked and dropped by Alexander Gustafsson and others, the Brazilian was nonetheless in a position to instantly assault off his again and provoke clever scrambles that allowed him to get again into the struggle. If Teixeira is ready to gound or reverse the present champion, then Blachowicz will have to be on his finest conduct – even when the challenger is harm.
Glover Teixeira getting back from the lifeless: https://twitter.com/DanTomMMA/standing/1367294627909226497?s=20
Thankfully for Blachowicz, he’s a confirmed Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who not solely is proficient in transition and from high place, but additionally is deceptively succesful and versatile from the underside when having to go for submissions or scramble alternatives. That mentioned, the Polish fighter will nonetheless have to be further aware anytime he exposes his again off of a submission try or scramble towards Teixeira.
As we’ve seen in lots of Teixeira’s fights earlier than, the Brazilian can shut the present if you happen to turtle out or expose your again in transit. A fluent strain passer and positional rider, Teixeira is a grasp chef on the subject of cooking his opposition beneath him.
Methodically (and brutally) utilizing floor strikes, Teixeira provides gas to the fireplace as he force-feeds his opponents into head-and-arm chokes in the event that they flip into him, or rear-naked chokes in the event that they flip away. Blachowicz might be able to survive the preliminary stanzas, however the grappling undoubtedly will make the champ’s fuel tank price watching down the stretch.