Polyana Viana and Jinh Yu Frey will face off to get back into the win column on Saturday when they meet at UFC Fight Night 214. The two strawweights have both found themselves in their last bouts on winning streaks of two. fights but failed, Viana against Tabatha Ricci and Frey against Vanessa Demopoulos.
However, a win over each other puts them back on track with a big name. Viana, prior to her UFC debut, was the jungle strawweight champion, one of Brazil’s most prized belts and a title she never lost. Frey was once the Invicta FC Atomweight Champion and also fought for the Rizin Super Atomweight Championship.
This contest is very tight, according to bettors, with an underdog bet on Frey returning a profit of $108 for every $100 placed on her.
Breakdown of fights
Viana is a very aggressive and long attacker. She fights like a Muay Thai fighter with a high stance that accentuates her reach and has smooth kicks, especially to the body, and long, whip-like punches. Her ability to keep her distance and maintain the same distance when moving is important as she tends to keep her head on the midline as she stands so tall, so managing distance is her main defense . However, when opponents smash forward in an attempt to close that gap, she also has weapons inside.
Close elbows and knees come first, but most notably, Viana, as a brown belt in BJJ, has developed a sharp skill on her back. Being such a tricky problem on her feet invites a lot of opponents to shoot her, she will immediately attack the neck with guillotines and front chokes and when on her back she will constantly seek to isolate one of the arms and will begin to mount its guard higher and higher. Notably, she sets up her armbar by attacking a triangle she doesn’t really want, forcing her opponents to try and slip their necks and put their arm in danger where she can secure the finish. Although she is confident on her back and dangerous, looking to attack with elbows and looking for submissions is still risky due to the fact that you are giving up time in return. If she can’t do the damage she wants or finish with a submission, Viana can lose rounds by being pinned down, and it’s her willingness to work off her back late in the fight rather than trying to sweep or to wrestle who is the biggest hole in his game.
Jinh Yu Frey is a very technical striker with a sharp left hand. She fights southpaw with a tight high guard and works her way up with good feints and jabs in order to cut the outside line on the right and get that sniper’s left hand through. She is also good at using her right hooks to jump straight to the left to force her opponent to spin to her right and in her left hook when she changes stance, this is a trick she uses putting her opponent on the cage and had success with it many times. A major battle to be won in this style match is whether or not Frey can force Viana back into the cage or whether Viana can constantly circulate in open space and use her kicks.
Frey is going to want to keep him on his feet, but easier said than done. While Viana doesn’t have the highest wrestling credentials as a favorite guard player, Frey’s affinity for bullying forward with heavy pressure means she gets hit with reactive takedowns. If she finds herself struggling with range and needs to explode more aggressively to close that gap, those opportunities will be even more available. However, Frey has heavy hips when defending on the cage and a powerful base when getting back to her feet. Even though Viana thinks she is the best grappler, it will be extremely difficult for her to maintain control on top, it will be in the scrambles and situations where Frey extends a limb to frame and get up where the submission opportunities must be. capitalized. .
In eleven wins, Frey has eight decisions and, on the contrary, each of Viana’s 12 wins has come by stoppage. It’s a testament to their fighting styles, Frey runs through opponents and scores on aggression and pressure with tight, consistent strikes and an ability to avoid getting too wild anywhere. Viana doesn’t fight for points but she is dangerous everywhere. Tactically, I think the range will help Viana tremendously in the striking department and the more Frey she can get, the more her finishing opportunities will present themselves. Even though she’s playing guard for most of the fight I don’t think Frey will have fun just laying on top trying to get away and trying to work on her feet or scrambling will play straight into the Viana game.
Prediction: Victory Polyana Viana