Welcome to the UFC: Giacomo Lemos and Tanner Boser

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Debuting heavyweights will clash at UFC 240 as Brazilian Giacomo Lemos takes on Canada’s Tanner Boser.

UFC 240 is a little over a month away, taking place on  July 27 in Edmonton, Canada. The event will be held in the Rogers Place arena. With the card basically full, the card added a heavyweight banger in a battle between two newcomers: Giacomo Lemos and Tanner Boser.

Giacomo Lemos
6’3″
Heavyweight
29-years-old
Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Rangel Farias Team
6-0
5 KO/TKO
1 Submission (Rear-naked Choke)

How Will Giacomo Lemos Fare in the UFC:

Lemos is a talent out of Brazil with a good record at 6-0. However, he hasn’t fought good competition, beating guys with a combined record of 44-44-2. On the feet, he fights behind his kicks, utilizing leg kicks and front kicks. Lemos is at his best on top when the fight is grounded. The Brazilian has intelligent ground-and-pound with mainly all of his stoppages coming from that facet of his game. He showcases a lot of activity on top, throwing to the body and the head as well as mixing it some elbows. Lemos does have a lot of flaws and that will keep him at a low level in the UFC heavyweight division. On the feet, he lacks movement, technique, and striking in general. He’s good on the mat but his wrestling has struggled against low-level competition. His cardio has been lackluster as well, gasping hard even before the bell of the first round.

Tanner Boser
6’2″
Heavyweight
27-years-old
Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada
Shaved Bears LSS
16-5-1
8 KO/TKO
2 Submissions (Rear-naked Chokes)

How Will Tanner Boser Fare in the UFC:

Unlike most heavyweights, Boser doesn’t have the explosiveness nor the knockout power. What Boser does have is solid cardio, which is rare in most heavyweights. Boser likes to keep the fight upright and his takedown defense has held up for the most part of his career. His best weapon is his leg kicks, and when he decides to commit to it, he has landed so many that he has a few stoppages strictly due to leg kicks. Boser also does a nice job throwing his hands after his kicks.

What he does lack is aggression as he is a point-fighter, picking his shots which has given him the label of “boring.” Despite his style, he’s only lost to good fighters and has done enough to deserve this opportunity. Boser isn’t too fast and his striking defense isn’t up to par and that allows more explosive guys to tee off on him. With good takedown defense, the times he’s winded up on his back he didn’t have much at all to offer. He’s been in danger quite a few times but has shown toughness, only getting finished once in his career. Boser is good but against an explosive striker, he will struggle. Boser also allows opponents to back him into the cage quite easily and that’s a concern going forward.

How these two match up:

Boser is a veteran who has 22 fights and fought respectable competition while Lemos is only 6-0 that’s fought bad competition. Lemos in his last two fights struggled against two South Koreans and with all due respect, their talent at heavyweight is lackluster. Lemos will want to get this fight to the mat but I don’t see him doing that, as he struggles on the outside and getting to the inside. The biggest highlight of this fight will be the cardio advantage of Boser. As the fight goes on, Boser will pick at Lemos much more as Lemos gets even more sloppier and stationary.

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