Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight scrappers Alan Jouban and Niko Price dueled last night (Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 inside Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.
After coming up short in his big opportunity to break into the top 10, “Brahma” was in need of a win. Forced to bounce back, the UFC did not give Jouban an easy fight to do so, as Price was an unknown but rather dangerous up-and-comer. Both men had finished more of their opponents than not, and each had an opportunity to take a step up the crowded Welterweight ladder.
It was Price who took advantage.
Price opened with aggression, leading with his right and shifting into Southpaw. Jouban was trying to back away, but his opponent was landing. Jouban adjusted by planting and returning, and both men were quickly scoring solid shots.
Before long, Jouban moved in with a naked low kick, and Price countered with a brutal right hand. Jouban fell to the mat and ate a high kick on the way down. “Brahma” attempted to recover, but Price jumped onto his back and hammered away for an early knockout win.
This was a pretty perfect result for “The Hybrid.” He was the more durable and powerful puncher, so it made sense for him to chase Jouban and initiate exchanges whenever possible. Both men were landing early, true, but that favored Price, whose punches clearly carried an extra bit of impact.
Then, a beautiful counter ended the whole thing.
Price has a ton of power, and he picks his weapons well. At range, he was making use of long kicks that knocked Jouban around, and he also used shifting strikes to close the distance. Jouban tried to maintain some distance, but he simply couldn’t avoid the bruiser.
After this win, Price is in a great position. A top 15 foe next wouldn’t be unreasonable, but I’d also love to see Price brawl with the winner of Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry for some surefire violence.
Jouban is in a difficult position. Stylistically, he has quite a bit of skill as a slick kickboxer, jiu-jitsu brown belt, and capable wrestler. However, his main approach has been to strike with fighters. In close distances, Jouban has some nasty elbows, but otherwise he’s out-gunned by other power strikers. Basically, Jouban is forced to strike with other knockout artists, but he’s not necessarily durable enough to withstand their punches.
Against very dangerous strikers, he’s forced to fight perfectly, otherwise he’s likely going to hit the mat.
Last night at UFC Fight Night 114, Nike Price flattened Alan Jouban in short-fashion. Is Price a future contender?
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