DWCS 2019 Week 1 Breakdown and Predictions

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Alton Meeks Contender Series
Credit: NFC Fight Night

Heavyweight: Alton Meeks vs. Yorgan de Castro

Tale of the Tape

Alton Meeks
25-years-old
6’3″
76″ Reach
Orlando, Florida
Fusion X-Cel
3-0

Yorgan de Castro
31-years-old
6’1″
72″ Reach
Fall River, Massachusetts
Regiment Training Center
4-0

Pros and Cons

Alton Meeks

Pros

  • Good wrestling
  • Heavy top position
  • Good ground-and-pound
  • Fast starter

Cons

  • Hasn’t shown much on the feet

Yorgan de Castro

Pros

  • Aggressive
  • Heavy leg kicks
  • Heavy hands
  • Fast starter

Cons

  • Very wild
  • Takedown defense needs work

Who has the Advantage?

Striking: Castro
Speed: Castro
Knockout Power: Castro
Chin: Castro
Kickboxing: Castro
Footwork: Castro
Wrestling: Meeks
Grappling: Meeks
Submissions: Neither
Cardio: Unknown

Prediction

As this is clearly a grappler vs. striker fight it’s a tough one to pick because a lot is unknown about these two. Meeks played Division 1 football for Northern Illinois University as a tight end. He is more well-known in wrestling being a top-five finisher at the US Open in Greco Roman and was ranked on the Olympic ladder. Meeks has encountered no issues getting the fight to the mat, but it has been against poor competition. Like Meeks, Castro hasn’t fought stellar competition either. I’m sure if Meeks can get it down once, he’s staying there because he’s a big guy with solid ground-and-pound. It’s unknown how his takedowns will look against a better fighter as he could very well walk into a bomb from Castro. It’s a close fight but my pick is Meeks just because I’ve seen Castro taken down before.

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