Sunday, June 11, 2017

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-JJ Aldrich vs Chanmi Jeon

Here's the match video of JJ Aldrich vs Chanmi Jeon from last night's UFC show in Aukland, NZ. This fight aired on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Most fans should remember JJ from Invicta. She was in TUF 23 and she came to the UFC as a late replacement in December. She lost when Juliana Lima sat on her for three rounds. JJ is trained by Trevor Wittman in Colorado and Rose Namajunas is her teammate. JJ is nowhere near as good as Rose. She's a striker with zero ground game which is why she had so much trouble with Juliana. Chanmi is 19 years old from Korea meaning she is the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. She was brought in as a late replacement less than two weeks ago. She signed with Invicta in April and I guess the plan was for her to fight in July. She would have been in training for that. Chanmi is 5-0 and Muay Thai is her background. She doesn't have a ground game either. And she missed weight. I expected a kickboxing match. JJ's strategy was what we call "keepaway". It's designed to win a unanimous decision or as I call it points fighting. JJ's southpaw fighting stance was enough to befuddle Chanmi. It just shows how inexperienced Chanmi is. Maybe she's never even trained with a southpaw. I thought she was very tentative for someone who is supposed to be aggressive. The first round was close but I thought JJ won it. And JJ really got her range in round two. Chanmi showed a little aggression at the end of round two. But she didn't follow it up in round three and JJ won an easy unanimous decision. At 19 years old, Chanmi has plenty of time to improve. And she has plenty of charisma so I am interested in seeing a fully prepared Chanmi Jeon. I thought JJ could have dominated this fight. But she chose to points fight. That approach won't be effective against the better fighters in the division. She was like that in Invicta too. Everyone knows I hate points fighters. Enjoy the video!

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