DWCS 2019 Week 3 Breakdown and Predictions

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Justin Sumter DWCS 2019 Week 3 Contender Series
Justin Sumter Credit: Bellator MMA

Middleweight: Maki Pitolo vs. Justin Sumter

Tale of the Tape

Maki Pitolo
28-years-old
5’10”
73.5″ Reach
Nanakuli, Hawaii
West Oahu MMA
11-4

Justin Sumter
29-years-old
6’2″
78″ reach
Springfield, Massachusetts
Fighting Arts Academy
7-2

Pros and Cons

Maki Pitolo

Pros

  • Good ground-and-pound
  • Aggressive and a fast starter
  • Useful feints
  • Effective double-leg takedown technique
  • Good output with his hands
  • Very tough
  • Good wrestling

Cons

  • Takes a lot of damage
  • Head movement needs a lot of work
  • Chin is shaky
  • Too willing to brawl

Justin Sumter

Pros

  • Explosive
  • Good leg kicks
  • Solid wrestling
  • Good knees

Cons

  • Questionable chin
  • Leaves head on the center line
  • Cardio needs work

Who has the Advantage?

Striking: Pitolo
Speed: Pitolo
Knockout Power: Pitolo
Chin: Pitolo
Kickboxing: Sumter
Footwork: Pitolo
Wrestling: Pitolo
Grappling: Sumter
Submissions: Even
Cardio: Pitolo

Prediction

A hard fight to call as there isn’t much footage on Sumter. Sumter did fight last summer on the Contender Series against a now top middleweight, Ian Heinisch. Sumter did get finished in that fight, but up until that finish, Sumter was winning with his takedowns and back control. It’s an interesting fight as both are good fun fighters who both have some flaws. The lean is toward Pitolo because I think he could use his wrestling and make it a brawl on the feet. Pitolo is a dangerous and accurate striker in the pocket and I expect him to utilize that with his aggression. It may be difficult for Pitolo to get takedowns as Sumter is a bigger guy. As the fight goes on, Pitolo gets better and I see the cardio of Sumter wearing.

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