Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kailin Curran vs Aleksandra Albu added to July 29 UFC show

Yesterday the UFC announced several fights for UFC 214 July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. One of those fights is a Strawweight bout with Kailin Curran vs Aleksandra Albu. I expect this to air on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Kailin is from Hawaii. She is 1-4 in the UFC. She clearly has the physical skills. But her number one flaw which her trainer has acknowledged is she tends to lose concentration during fights. This has cost her fights. I don't believe this is a problem that can be fixed. For that reason, I don't believe she belongs in the UFC. My guess is she probably needs a win to stay in the UFC. Aleksandra signed with the UFC in 2013. But her only fight to date was a 2015 win over Izabela Badurek. Based on that, I'm not sure how good she is because Izabela was terrible. We could see the same thing in this fight. Aleksandra is from Moscow, Russia. She signed with the UFC as a Bantamweight with a 1-0 record. There was talk that she had some "smoker" fights in Thailand. They are not part of her official record. At 5'2", she's short for a Bantamweight. But she injured her knee in training. So when the Strawweight division was announced, she decided to drop to 115. Her win over Izabela in Apr. 2015 was her UFC debut. Where has she been? It looks like she was busy attending school. She also does plenty of fitness modelling. She has a significant fanbase just for that. I just haven't seen enough of her to know if she's a good fighter. Her first UFC fight was in Poland so this will be her US debut.

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