DWCS 2020 Week 2 Breakdown and Predictions

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Vanessa Demopoulos defeats Sam Hughes at LFA 85
Vanessa Demopoulos defeats Sam Hughes via inverted triangle Credit: LFA

Strawweight: Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Cory McKenna

Tale of the Tape

Vanessa Demopoulos
31-years-old
5’1″
62.0″
Columbus, Ohio
Black House MMA
5-1
Cory McKenna
20-years-old
5’3″
Cwmbran, Wales
Team Alpha Male
4-1

Pros and Cons

Vanessa Demopoulos

Pros

  • Very dangerous off her back
  • Big submission threat
  • Excellent jiu-jitsu
  • Toughness
  • Good right hand
  • Actively attacking submissions

Cons

  • Will pull guard
  • Can be too confident of her back
  • Easily hit
  • TDD needs work
  • Has a tendency being countered
  • Square footwork

Cory McKenna

Pros

  • Good ground and pound
  • Good wrestling
  • Aggressive
  • Fast starter
  • Good grappling

Cons

  • Has trouble at range
  • TDD needs work
  • Puts herself in bad positions at times
  • Striking defense lacks

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Demopoulos
Speed: McKenna
Output/Volume: Demopoulos
Knockout Power: Demopoulos
Chin: McKenna
Kickboxing: Demopoulos
Footwork: McKenna
Wrestling: McKenna
Grappling: Demopoulos
Submissions: Demopoulos
Cardio: Demopoulos

Prediction

I like McKenna and think she has a lot of talent but being only 20-years-old it’s too much too soon. McKenna hasn’t even got close to reaching her prime yet and Demopoulos is there at this moment. Both are primarily grapplers but I think Demopoulos has a clear advantage. McKenna may have the better wrestling but in jiu-jitsu Demopoulos is way ahead in terms of skill level. The moment this fight is on the mat Demopoulos will be in her realm as she has looked far better in her career by a good margin. The pick is Demopoulos and I’m confident of this one as well.

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