DWCS 2021 Week 5 Breakdown and Predictions

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Daniel Zellhuber Credit: Combate Americas

Lightweight, Lucas Almeida Vs. Daniel Zellhuber

Tale of the Tape

Lucas Almeida
30-years-old
5’11”
Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Herman Gutierrez Team
12-0
100% finish-rate
Daniel Zellhuber
22-years-old
6’1″
Mexico City, Mexico
Romero Team
11-0
Finishes in rounds 1, 2, and 3

Pros and Cons

Lucas Almeida

Pros

  • Strong right hand
  • Throws in volume
  • Good leg kicks
  • Mixes in combinations well
  • A lot of forward pressure

Cons

  • Poor TDD
  • Hands drop when exchanging
  • Easily hit
  • Grappling lacks

Daniel Zellhuber

Pros

  • Good knees
  • Does well from the outside
  • Good kicks
  • Good ground and pound
  • Uses his size well
  • Fast starter
  • Good jiu-jitsu
  • Athletic

Cons

  • Throws single strikes
  • Hands low
  • Chin-up
  • Poor TDD
  • Needs work off his back
  • Easy to pass his guard
  • Slows as the fight goes
  • Very sloppy in positions

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Zellhuber
Speed: Zellhuber
Output/Volume: Almeida
Knockout Power: Almeida
Chin: Even
Kickboxing: Almeida
Footwork: Zellhuber
Wrestling: Zellhuber
Grappling: Zellhuber
Submissions: Even
Cardio: Almeida

Prediction

I’ve been watching Zellhuber for a long time. With that said, while I don’t believe he’s UFC level yet, and has a lot of things to work on, he has a lot of upside.

Both these fighters are each other’s toughest test to date. On the feet, it’s really a toss-up. Both lack defensively when it comes to moving their head and keeping their hands up. Almeida has the kickboxing background but I see this fight even on the feet or as a slight advantage to Zellhuber.

Almeida throws a lot more, but Zellhuber is a guy that understands how to use his range. A pressure striker will give Zellhuber fits and that’s what Almeida is. The problem is Almeida is easily hit and will pay rushing forward on Zellhuber. I believe the clearest path to victory for Zellhuber is on the mat. Zellhuber has a lot of defensive grappling holes but Almeida isn’t the guy to exploit that. Zellhuber does have solid jiu-jitsu and that’s potentially going to win him this fight.

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