Welcome to the UFC: Vince Murdock

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Vince Murdock UFC Minneapolis
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Vince Murdock has been signed by the UFC on short-notice to take on Jordan Griffin next week at UFC Minneapolis.

The UFC is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 29. The card is set in stone with 13 bouts headlined by Francis Ngannou and Junior Dos Santos. The event holds important contender bouts for the future as well as four debuting fighters. In a bantamweight bout, an injury forced Chas Skelly out of his bout with DWCS alum Jordan Griffin. The UFC signed Vince Murdock in the place of Skelly to fight the “Native Psycho” on short notice.

5’6″
Featherweight
28-years-old
Sacramento, California
Team Alpha Male
12-3 (1 NC)
9 KO/TKO
1 Submission (Tap to Strikes)

How Will Vince Murdock Fare in the UFC:

Vince Murdock could have signed to the UFC back in 2016 fresh off a win over Canadian TJ Laramie when he was 7-2. Since that day, he’s improved with much more experience. Murdock is well-rounded in all areas and has also shown solid cardio throughout his career. Being well-rounded, like I said, Murdock isn’t great anywhere as nothing he does is too special. On the feet, he isn’t the most technical, doesn’t have a lot of power or speed.

His wrestling is decent but not too good and while he is heavy on top, he lacks activity. What he does well is mixing his striking and wrestling. He still has a high percentage rate of finishes with 10. He is a smaller guy, so he finds more success in boxing, landing big looping hooks and solid knees which all adds up. I think Murdock will do well in the UFC and will not be a walk in the park for anyone. I’d say he’s right at mid-level and overall a good signing on short notice.

How Vince Murdock Matches Up with Jordan Griffin:

Griffin is an aggressive guy who, like Murdock, is well-rounded. On the feet, Griffin is more technical and faster. Murdock may have the advantage in the wrestling, but Griffin has solid BJJ showcased by his eight submissions. Not sure if they could even take each other down so I expect more of a striking battle. With that said, on the feet, there are openings for both guys. I favor Griffin on the feet really due to his aggression, but size will play a factor too. Griffin only has a four-inch height advantage, but a nine-and-a-half-inch reach advantage.

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