Prediction: Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf

Danyelle Wolf defied odds by securing a UFC contract with just one professional MMA fight under her belt. In 2020, the boxer-turned-fighter makes her debut on Dana White’s Contender Series, beating Taneisha Tennant building on her illustrious boxing past. She holds three gold medals at the US National Championships and a 2014 Golden Gloves Championship. Although initially hoping to compete in the Olympics, she eventually focused on mixed martial arts after her weight class failed. not included in the 2016 games.

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However, the odds are stacked against her, as in only her second professional fight, she will face Norma Dumont. With nine fights under his belt, Dumont has been with the UFC since February 2020, going 3-2 and earning a spot at fullback in the top 15 at bantamweight.

This fight will be contested at 145 pounds, where the rankings are yet to be created, but it would be likely that Dumont would show up there as well. With a Chinese sanda roster featuring six state championships and a national title, this fight will be a showdown between two elite strikers in their own right.

Betting odds

Brazilian fighter Dumont will be the favorite against the American boxing champion in Wolf.

Breakdown of fights

We have seen two versions of Norma Dumont. Usually, she tends to float on the outside, constantly bouncing and landing long-range attacks, such as her jab and main sidekick, in order to set up powerful long strikes from the back. This build sets his opponent apart en route to a one-sided decision where very little risk is taken, and clever range control essentially dictates any engagement. If her opponent pressures her and takes her to a level of performance where she can’t always float out and do enough with light shots, she will engage more in a firefight in which she will stand more heavy on the lead leg and sit a bit more on his punches. She always sticks her jab in front of all of her combinations, but then she’ll settle into her heavy straight right and follow up left hook.

Her main means of difference is her distance control, she will vanish out of range after attacking to avoid counters, but the problem with that is that it’s harder for her to counter because she’s the one who goes out. If she’s in the lead though, she’s one of the toughest fighters to counter because she can get in and out so quickly and so smoothly.

When it comes to her fight, Dumont is much more fundamental in her approach, she has good defense when it comes to penalties, and along the fence she’s good at getting up. Offensively, she doesn’t offer a particularly dangerous guard game, and while she has a good guard pass, she tends to snack on her opponents rather than executing any type of ground and strike or submission threat. particularly devastating. However, another strength of Dumont is his ability to reverse takedowns, especially from the clinch in transition.

Wolf is going to want to force Dumont into a close range fight and put out this fire. She has a background in amateur boxing and she has strong, sharp hands. She stands conventional, heavy on the lead leg and mixes short kicks to allow entry into the pocket. She has a powerful interception kick that feels more like a power punch than a setup. She uses this power threat to force her opponents to spin to her right and into a straight or hook.

From what we’ve seen on the Contender series, the biggest hole still in his game is a susceptibility to leg kicks, both outside of the thigh but also from the first sidekick in the knee. When it comes to the latter, she’s shown to back up and straighten out the lead, which could spell disaster if a good kicker timed the sidekick at that point. We haven’t seen much wrestling in Wolf’s career thus far, but what we’ve seen is a potentially dangerous guillotine and obviously solid closing work while defending takedowns.

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Prediction

One of Norma Dumont’s kryptonites in the past was women who had height and reach above her, negating some of her good reach control. At 5’11, Wolf will be five inches taller than Dumont and hold a three-inch reach advantage. However, there are simply too many options for Dumont in this fight. Getting in and out and relying on his Sanda kicks is tremendous, especially attacking the body with his main sidekick and separating Wolf’s heavy lead leg. Although both strikers, if Wolf starts to be successful in closing the distance, Dumont should by far have the superior ground game as a plan B. The biggest thing for Dumont will be to stay calm, Wolf almost always relies on his boxing but throwing the odd kicks to the head or legs or even jumping for a submission, so while Dumont should be confident everywhere, she can’t relax anywhere.

Prediction: Victory for Norma Dumont (-325 win odds on BetUS)

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Braeden Arbor

Braeden Arbor is an aspiring journalist from Ontario, Canada. He is a recent graduate of Trent University, with a black belt in karate and a blue belt in judo. He has also been an avid MMA fan for the past decade.

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