Hot prospect and former M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Nate Landwehr signed with the UFC, and will debut against Contender Series winner Herbert Burns.
UFC on ESPN+ 24 is going down on January 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the PNC Arena. Headlining the UFC Raleigh card is a pair of top heavyweights in former champion Junior Dos Santos, who is fighting the much improved Curtis Blaydes. The card will also feature a prospect vs. prospect scrap that is also a debut vs. debut, as Nate Landwehr will fight Herbert Burns.
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How will Landwehr fare in the UFC:
Landwehr is a forward motion train, never taking a step back as he’s always pressing a heavy pace. The fighter out of Clarksville, Tennessee has been taken down many times, has been dropped a lot, and put in bad positions. With that said, he has an insanely iron chin, he always gets back to his feet and does well off his back. In fact, he’s only been finished once in his career. Landwehr has a fan-friendly style, and will take a shot to give one. While he does hit hard it’s mainly his pressure, cardio, and will that is far superior. Landwehr throws good looping punches, has a nice right uppercut he loves to throw, and is very good in the clinch with his knees. He loves to brawl but Landwehr is actually a very good wrestler when he decides to use it. Expect him to do very well in the UFC. His takedown defense isn’t technically bad, but in three-round fights, it may result in him losing to a good wrestler that can out-score him. Prediction: Will get three bonuses in his first four UFC fights.
How Landwehr matches up with Herbert Burns:
Herbert Burns is a decorated grappler holding a lot of accomplishments, and is a black belt in BJJ. With that said, Landwehr will look to keep this fight standing to stay away from danger and keep it where he has a big advantage. Burns isn’t the wrestler he should be but it could only require just take one takedown to get the fight over with. Landwehr has always shown good defense off his back fighting the wrists and he knows what he’s doing. If Landwehr can survive round one he will take over. Over the course of his fights, Burns has telegraphed his takedown attempts and Landwehr just gets better over time. This is a tough but a very winnable fight for Nate Landwehr.