The UFC Vegas 29 main card kicks off with a blue-chip welterweight matchup in Dhiego Lima vs Matt Brown. Both competitors are in big need of victories following decision defeats in their last outings.
Brazil’s Lima has flashed potential throughout his two separate stints with the UFC, but extended consistency has evaded him to this point. In January, Lima got out-worked for three rounds by Belal Muhammad. The result capped off a frustrating 15 months, which included a couple of bout cancellations. Still, a win at UFC Vegas 29 may earn him another ranked opponent in his next bout.
Matt “The Immortal” Brown makes his 28th octagon appearance when he steps in the cage at UFC Vegas 29. The 40-year-old has encountered back-to-back setbacks to Miguel Baeza and Carlos Condit. Yet, he hasn’t wavered from his diligent training regime as he still aims for success at the highest level. Notably, the division’s finish leader (13) defeated the former Bellator welterweight champ Douglas Lima via TKO all the way back in 2007.
As far as measurements are concerned, both men have an arm reach of 75″, with Lima owning a two-inch height advantage, standing at 6’2″. Currently, Lima gets his training done at American Top Team (Lima) in Gwinnett, Georgia. The 31-year-old is also improving his striking at Felipe Boxing Gym in Norcross, Georgia. Meanwhile, Brown puts his work in at his very own Immortal Martial Arts Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.
When examining this fight on the feet, it’s easy to see that Lima is the more technical striker, as he very rarely overextends when throwing his shots. Even dating back to his first appearance on The Ultimate Fighter, Lima has frequently kept opponents guessing with stance switches. Against Muhammad, his cracking leg kicks were exemplified as much as ever. A clean kickboxing-heavy match at UFC Vegas 29 gives the edge to Lima over Brown.
With all things considered, Brown is actually the more dangerous striker due to his ability and willingness to find fight-ending shots. By now, most people know about his deadly elbows that come in from all different angles, but he also has hands and a sneaky head kick. A fight that becomes dirty and up against the cage heavily favors Brown.
Dhiego Lima vs Matt Brown Final Thoughts
Believe it or not, Lima hasn’t shot for takedowns very often in his recent outings. In his last eight fights, Lima has successfully landed just a pair of takedowns. Expect this fight to take place on the feet for the majority of the time that it lasts. Lima will offer leg and body kicks to try and keep Brown at distance. If Lima can be effective, Brown might be in for a long night.
However, Brown has the ability to close the distance at some point and turn it into a murkier affair. It’s there where he could have success, but he’ll have to knock out someone who hasn’t been finished on the feet in the UFC. It will be a fairly tall order for Brown to secure a finish in a bout where he’ll likely get out-struck in terms of volume. It won’t be surprising to see this bout go the distance with Lima taking it on the scorecards.
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