DWCS 2019 Week 8 Breakdown and Predictions

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Alpar and Young
Sarah Alpar vs Shanna Young Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

Bantamweight: Shanna Young vs. Sarah Alpar

Tale of the Tape

Young
28-years-old
5’7″
Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville Martial Arts Academy
6-1

Alpar
28-years-old
5’4″
63″ reach
East Lansing, Michigan
American Elite MMA
8-4

Pros and Cons

Young

Pros

  • Aggressive and good in the clinch
  • Durable and always working
  • Good kickboxer with big arsenal
  • Good at range with quick jab

Cons

  • No strikes behind/after the kicks

Alpar

Pros

  • Good straight left
  • Constant output with good work ethic
  • Tough and aggressive
  • Good wrestling

Cons

  • Gets hit a lot

Who has the Advantage?

Striking: Alpar
Speed: Young
Knockout Power: Alpar
Chin: Young
Kickboxing: Young
Footwork: Young
Wrestling: Young
Grappling: Young
Submissions: Young
Cardio: Alpar

Prediction

One of the toughest fights to call this season and the most difficult one this week. On the feet, Young is better at the range with her kicks and jab. Alpar is aggressive though and Young mainly just flings her kicks with no power so it should be easy for Alpar to close the distance. It will be interesting to see how the fight goes once in range, because Alpar is a higher volume striker, while Young may be the better wrestler and quicker. My pick is Young because while Alpar is aggressive, Young has solid enough defense and can really mix in all her weapons. It will be a close fight that could end in a split decision.

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