Friday, November 27, 2015

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger steps in to face Tecia Torres on Dec. 12 UFC show

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Last week Michelle Waterson pulled out of her match vs Tecia Torres due to a knee injury. Almost immediately, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger tweeted that she wanted that fight. So not surprisingly, the UFC announced that Jocelyn will face Tecia on UFC 194 Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This will air on the prelims on Fox Sports 1 and TSN. Jocelyn tried out for TUF 20 so the UFC was already familiar with her. She trains at Benson Henderson's MMA Lab in Phoenix. Her record is 6-1. In her most recent fight in October, Jocelyn won the RFA Strawweight Championship by unanimous decision over Zoila Frausto. Zoila was her biggest name opponent to date. But Zoila is on a four fight losing streak. But she's been on TV a lot. Jocelyn's last four fights were for RFA. She fought at 125 early in her career so she has had issues making 115. She's basically a kickboxer with not much of a ground game. And five of her six wins have been by decision so she has no power. Tecia is a big step up in competition for her. Tecia is also a kickboxer so I don't expect any takedowns in this fight. Tecia would be favoured even if Jocelyn had a full camp. With Jocelyn coming in on short notice, Tecia will be a bigger favourite. But Jocelyn deserves credit for answering when opportunity knocked. She'll do OK.

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