Thursday, May 01, 2014

Germaine De Randamie vs Milana Dudieva added to UFC 174 in Vancouver

Milana Dudieva
Last night MMA Junkie reported that Germaine De Randamie will face UFC newcomer Milana Dudieva on UFC 174 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. This fight will air on the prelims on Fox Sports 1 and Sportsnet 360 in Canada. The UFC is looking at Russian fighters as they plan to run a show there in 2015. They signed Aleksandra Albu last fall but she got hurt before she could debut. There is talk now that Aleksandra will drop to 115lb and fight in the Strawweight division. Milana has a lot more experience than Aleksandra. She has fought mostly for the Russian company Pro FC. Her record is 10-3 and six of her wins have been by submission. The thing I noticed about her is that as the level of competition rises, she seems to have problems. Her loss in Apr. 2013 to current UFC fighter Jessica Andrade had to be very deflating and then in October she lost to Swedish fighter Pannie Kianzad. Her two latest fights were both wins against less experienced fighters. Germaine is a championship caliber kickboxer who is very vulnerable on the ground. If she can keep the fight standing, she can win. But as we saw in her last UFC fight, she has no ground game. Amanda Nunes took her down and pounded her and it was over. So if Milana can take Germaine down, she has a good chance to win. I haven't seen anything from Germaine to indicate that she has improved enough on the ground to handle a fighter who has a good ground game. This will be Milana's first fight outside Europe and the UFC is a big stage. The UFC jitters could be a factor. If Milana can handle that, she could win this fight.

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