DWCS 2019 Week 4 Breakdown and Predictions

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Heavyweight: Don’Tale Mayes vs. Ricardo Prasel

Tale of the Tape

Don’Tale Mayes
27-years-old
6’6″
81.5″ Reach
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Bronx Hill MMA
6-2

Ricardo Prasel
29-years-old
6’7″
Guarapuava, Parana, Brazil
Alemão Brother’s Team/Gracie Gym Guarapuava
10-1

Pros and Cons

Don’Tale Mayes

Pros

  • Explosive with knockout power
  • Improved takedown defense
  • Athletic with good footwork
  • Diversity in his kicks

Con

  • Cardio needs work

Ricardo Prasel

Pros

  • Submission threat
  • Physically strong

 

 

Cons

  • Will pull guard
  • Too comfortable on his back
  • Sloppy striking and entrances
  • Takedown defense needs work
  • Flat-footed with little head movement

Who has the Advantage?

Striking: Mayes
Speed: Mayes
Knockout Power: Mayes
Chin: Mayes
Kickboxing: Mayes
Footwork: Mayes
Wrestling: Mayes
Grappling: Prasel
Submissions: Prasel
Cardio: Mayes

Prediction

Heavyweight is always hard to predict but I’m confident that Mayes will get this win. Prasel did dominate early in his career but against competition with a combined record of 23-33. Once he got a step up in competition, he looked horrible against PFL heavyweight Ante Delija. Mayes has been disappointing in the past but is now on a three-fight win streak. Mayes has improved a lot with his cardio and takedown defense which have been areas he’s struggled with. The only way Prasel wins is if he gets a submission off his back and that won’t happen.

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