DWCS 2019 Week 8 Breakdown and Predictions

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Alacabek and Knight
Alacabek vs Knight Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) is back for its third season and we have a full breakdown of each fight plus predictions for the eighth episode.

This week on Dana White’s Contender Series, it’s a pair of light heavyweight fights, bantamweight action including a CES MMA champ, and more. Everyone made weight on Monday, so it’s on with the show!

Alacabek and Knight
Alacabek vs Knight Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

Light Heavyweight: Herdem Alacabek vs. William Knight

Tale of the Tape

Alacabek
28-years-old
6’2″
75″ reach
Sweden
Training out of Black House MMA
5-0

Knight
31-years-old
5’10”
? reach
Connecticut
Training out of Thornton Martial Arts
4-0

Pros and Cons

Alacabek

Pros

  • Excellent Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling
  • Very good ground and pound
  • Fast starter
  • Good in the clinch

Cons

  • Not much on the feet

Knight

Pros
  • Athletic
  • Strong
  • Good wrestling
  • Strong top position
  • Fight stopping ground and pound

Cons

  • Takedown defense needs work
  • A bit wild

Who has the Advantage?

Striking: Knight
Speed: Knight
Knockout Power: Knight
Chin: ?
Kickboxing: Knight
Footwork: Knight
Wrestling: Alacabek
Grappling: Alacabek
Submissions: Alacabek
Cardio: Even, maybe Knight

Prediction

Both are big light heavyweights so there is always a chance this fight ends in a knockout. With that said, both prefer to get their work in on the mat. Knight is the more explosive guy but Alacabek has the better technique. Knight has ended up on his back at times, while Alacabek never has. Alacabek has a big advantage grappling, and with the poor takedown defense of Knight, that’s concerning. Alacabek has just looked so good on the mat.

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