30-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 17-6-0
May 18, 2017 Dennis Bermudez News
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Bermudez will face Darren Elkins in a featherweight matchup at UFC on FOX 25 on July 22 in Long Island, MMAFighting.comreports.
Bermudez will head into the Octagon with after suffering a first-round loss in his headline fight against Chan Sung Jung in February (KO/TKO-punch). "The Menace" lands about twice as many significant strikes per minute as he absorbs (4.34 to 2.81). However, nine of the Long Island MMA product's wins were gained through decision. He is currently 17-6 overall.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe Menace clipped the Zombie with more than his fair share of shots, but his chin didn't hold up when it mattered the most. Bermudez spent he vast majority of the contest attempting (and failing) takedowns. He scored with a few combinations, but he ate an uppercut that turned his lights out. It may have appeared to be a quick stoppage from Herb Dean, but while Bermudez was getting back to his feet, the replay showed that he clearly hadn't recovered from the punch. The Menace is a darn good fighter, but due to his struggles against better competition and the depth of the UFC's featherweight division, he probably isn't going to be ranked in the top-10 come Monday.
Fantasy AnalysisBermudez did what every big favorite is supposed to do: overwhelm his opponent from the opening bell and never look back. Control time isn't always the best way to judge how a fight went, but Bermudez's 7:06 of control time on Saturday resulted in him landing countless elbows that left Jason bloodied and battered for the rest of the bout. He also threw in five takedowns for good measure. Bermudez has a tendency to struggle with his striking defense because of his aggressive style, but his ability to land a takedown at any moment is an invaluable trait to possess. The Menace is going to have to prove that he can beat the best 145-pounders that the company has to offer, but the days of him taking on fighters of Jason's caliber should be over.
Fantasy AnalysisSince making his UFC debut in December 2011, Bermudez has gone 8-3 and that number includes a victory over top featherweight contender Max Holloway. An elite wrestler who has the ability to land a takedown at any moment, Bermudez is coming off a win over Tatsuya Kawajiri in April, although he had lost back-to-back fights to Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens prior to that. Jason isn't viewed as a threat in the featherweight division, so Bermudez needs to win this fight if he hopes to remain in the title picture.
Fantasy AnalysisDesperately in need of a solid effort following back-to-back losses, Bermudez was terrific in this fight. He put on a striking clinic on the feet and he managed to land four takedowns of his own. Kawajiri is a difficult matchup because he has an awkward striking style and he's huge for the featherweight division, but Bermudez had no issues figuring out how to get inside and control the fight. Bermudez is an easy top-10 fighter in the UFC's featherweight division. He's considerably better than any of the fighters who are currently ranked below him.
Fantasy AnalysisBermudez has lost two straight fights, but those setbacks came against quality competition in Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens and the New York native actually looked pretty decent in both of those bouts before eventually falling. Bermudez had won seven fights in a row prior to his last two losses and he has a great chance to get back in the win column on Sunday. Bermudez should be the quicker, more talented fighter no matter where the fight takes place.
Fantasy AnalysisBermudez is coming off a TKO loss at the hands of Jeremy Stephens in July, a fight that snapped a seven-fight winning streak for Bermudez. Considering Bermudez has recently defeated fighters such as Max Holloway and Clay Guida, having to take a fight against Blanco should be considered a disappointment. Bermudez should once again get a bigger opponent if he can roll through Blanco.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite being the far better wrestler, Bermudez decided to stand and trade with Stephens for the most part. He ending up getting the short end of the stick. Bermudez landed a bunch of big shots, but he was unable to put Stephens away. Bermudez seems to get knocked down multiple times every fight he's in, but he usually pops right back up. He wasn't able to get back to his feet after a left knee by Stephens in the third round. That's back-to-back losses for Bermudez after a seven-fight win streak.
Fantasy AnalysisBermudez had a seven-fight winning streak snapped in his last bout against Ricardo Lamas. That being said, he looked good in that fight before getting caught with a submission. Bermudez is the bigger fighter and the far better grappler, so it's easy to see why he's such a heavy favorite (-210) against Stephens. He is in great position to get back in the win column on Saturday.