37-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 16-12-0
January 31, 2017 Neil Seery News
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Seery, who had been scheduled to face Ian McCall at UFC 208 on Feb. 11 but had to withdraw due to a family issue, will be replaced by Jarred Brooks on the card.
Seery was originally supposed to face McCall at a UFC Fight Night event in Belfast, Ireland, but McCall had to withdraw from that fight due to an illness. The matchup was rescheduled for the February pay-per-view event, but it was Seery this time that couldn't make it to the octagon. The unranked 37-year-old has alternated wins and losses in his last four fights, last throwing down at UFC Fight NIght 87 in May.
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Fantasy AnalysisSeery does not have another scheduled bout for the Belfast event, although he will serve as a backup in case any of the other flyweights cannot fight. The Irishman was planning to retire after the bout, but the plans have changed now, expecting to have one more fight in him. Seery will still receive his show money for making weight.
Fantasy AnalysisSeery will get the advantage of fighting in front of his home crowd, but most other advantages, with the exception of total number of fights, will lean towards McCall. Seery has lost two of his last three bouts, and will be looking to rebound from a unanimous-decision defeat to Kyoji Horiguchi back in May.
Fantasy AnalysisHow can you not love Seery? The guy has a full-time job and at 36-years old, he fights for the love of the sport. In front of the hometown fans on Saturday, the Dublin native was at his best. He beat up Delos Reyes on the feet and then showed off a ground game that we rarely see from Seery. Always willing to fight anyone, anytime, hopefully we will see Seery in the near future. He is a treat to watch.
Fantasy AnalysisSeery's boxing was on point (as usual) but he just wasn't big enough or strong enough to compete against Smolka on the ground. Seery is as tough as they come, but at 36-years old, he's nearing the end of the line. Seery gives it all he's got every time he steps in the octagon but he just can't match the athletic ability of the younger fighters on the roster.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 36-year-old veteran lost his UFC debut to Brad Pickett in March 2014, but he's picked up back-to-back wins over Phil Harris and Chris Beal since then. The gritty Seery will have a big edge in terms of experience on Saturday night.