Welcome to the UFC: Mandy Bohm

Mandy Bohm
Mandy Bohm, Bellator 247 Credit: Bellator MMA

UFC Vegas 37 is a massive 15-fight 14-fight card that’s headlined by Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann at light heavyweight. Flyweight Mandy Bohm has been trying to make her UFC debut since early August. After three missed scheduled fights, all of which fell through, she’s set to make her debut here against Ariane Lipski.

Mandy “Monster” Bohm
Standing at 5’6″
Fighting at 125 lbs (flyweight)
Fighting out of Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Training out of MMA Spirit
A pro record of 7-0
2 KO/TKO, 2 Submissions

How will Bohm fare in the UFC:

Bohm first impressed me when she beat Jade Masson-Wong, who I was high on at the time, in 2019. Bohm is a better striker, but all her finishes come on the mat. Her wrestling is decent; she’s better at getting the fight down in the clinch. While is the clinch that’s where Bohm does some of her best work. She’s really good at framing off and landing elbows. Landing while breaking from the clinch she does well too.

When she’s going backwards, Bohm will get into the thai plum and land some good knees. On the mat, Bohm is all about landing short elbows in any position. She’s had big moments in dominant positions landing elbows and winning twice by RNC. I like the German fighter on the feet, but she does have holes. She has a problem keeping her hands too low and her reaction speed is a tad slow. She does have a good snapping jab and will make girls pay when rushing forward. From her preferred distance she’s a fierce fighter— at range she dictates the pace. Still, her striking defense with her hands low, chin high, and the inability to move out of the way will hurt her.

This is a good signing from the UFC. Bohm is going to be a tough one to beat. I even see Bohm cracking at the bottom of the top 15 at some point. I don’t see her having the success against the better girls in the division she but matches up well with a lot of them.

Fighter comparison in the division: Maryna Moroz

Striking: C+
Kickboxing: C+
Clinch: A-
Wrestling: B-
Grappling: C+
Striking Defense: C
Takedown Defense: C+
Cardio: B
Biggest Strength: Clinch
Biggest Weakness: Striking defense

How she matches up with Lipski:

Lipski is one of the biggest busts in recent UFC history. She came into the promotion in 2019 after dominating in Poland’s KSW. However, the Brazilian “Violence Queen” is just 2-4 in the UFC and has dropped her last two. It’s not like Lipski is getting beat in one specific area as she’s coming up short in both striking and grappling. Lipski does have far more experience and has fought much better fighters than Bohm, however, which will make this fight competitive.

Both women like to fight at range and in that I’d favor Bohm, who has a much better jab. Lipski always has problems finding her range and I see it happening again. Bohm has a clear advantage on the mat. Neither has great wrestling but Lipski by far has the substandard takedown defense. I see this being competitive but Bohm edging out a decision.


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