Welcome to the UFC: Elise Reed

Residing in the UFC Apex UFC on ESPN 27 will host the return of former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. He will be taking on the #2 ranked Cory Sandhagen. This card is a delight for the hardcore fans with names like Aspen Ladd, Macy Chiasson, Kyler Phillips, Punahele Soriano, Brendan Allen, Randy Costa, Adrian Yanez, and many more. Sijara Eubank was supposed to fight Priscila Cachoeira in a bantamweight but Cachoeira withdrew. The UFC signed CFFC strawweight champion to take this fight on short notice against Eubanks.

Elise Reed
Standing at 5’3″
Fighting at 115 lbs (strawweight)
Fighting out of Princeton, New Jersey, US
Training out of Kickside Martial Arts
A pro record of 4-0

How will Reed fare in the UFC:

Elise Reed is a fun fighter to watch that is super well-rounded. On the feet, she brings a taekwondo background as she’s a third-degree black belt. Reed fights with output and in and out movement. She will lunge in with combinations and step back out of the way. Reed also has some good kicks in her arsenal but it’s more so her flow of offense that’s good. She does over-extend on her punches and gets hit quite a bit. She’s not the one to get overwhelmed though as she is the one that overwhelms her opponents.

Reed strikes well to close the distance and is a decent wrestler. Her grappling is even better from either on top or bottom. Reed doesn’t have the best takedown defense and seems to get caught in a lot of submissions. She’s still never lost by submission besides once in 2015 and off her back she moves well, throws elbows, attack subs, and create sweeps. I do see her having issues against a strong wrestler due to her small size. Reed has some impressive resilience fighting through bad positions and unloading damaging ground and pound.

  • Striking: B
  • Kickboxing: B-
  • Clinch: B-
  • Wrestling: C+
  • Grappling: B
  • Striking Defense: C
  • Takedown Defense: C
  • Cardio: A-
  • Biggest Strength: Work-rate
  • Biggest Weakness: TDD

How she matches up with Eubanks:

This is a poor sense of management letting Reed, who is more like an atomweight who will fight up two weight classes up against Sijara Eubanks who is a strong wrestler. Eubanks has taken down all but one of her UFC opponents. I have no doubt Reed will be taken down. Off her back she will most likely struggle against a stronger Eubanks. Reed will have to make the best of her moments on the feet. She by far has a volume and a striking advantage. If Eubanks can survive the striking of Julia Avila she can Reed. I’m picking Eubanks just because of the size advantage.