DWCS 2021 Week 6 Breakdown and Predictions

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UFC Apex
UFC Apex/Dana White's Contender Series Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

Week six of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) Season 5 saw a five-fight card lined up for Tuesday, October 5. All five fights spanned five weight classes, with bouts in the flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight divisions planned.

Originally, Fernie Garcia had been paired up with Paul Capaldo for a bantamweight bout, but with the latter pulling out, Joshua Weems stepped in.

Last week, only two contracts were handed out by Dana White. Would the show surpass that in week six? Here’s a look ahead.

Mike Malott (blue gloves) Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Welterweight: Shimon Smotritsky Vs. Mike Malott

Tale of the Tape

Shimon Smotritsky
21-years-old
6’2″
Holon, Israel
Teampact Holon
7-0
3 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission
Mike Malott
29-years-old
6’3″
Born in Ontario, Canada but living in Sacramento, California, US
Team Alpha Male
6-1-1
3 KO/TKOs, 3 Submissions

Pros and Cons

Shimon Smotritsky

Pros

  • Solid wrestling
  • Good jiu-jitsu
  • Chain wrestles well
  • Good ground and pound
  • Solid jiu-jitsu
  • Smooth back take
  • Tight grappling
  • Submission threat
  • Good upperbody/clinch takedowns
  • Improved hands
  • Solid kickboxing

Cons

  • Has trouble against the cage
  • Slows slightly as the fight goes

Mike Malott

Pros

  • Good muay thai knees
  • Good kicks
  • Solid ground game
  • Good one-two
  • Chopping leg kicks

Cons

  • Head sits on the centerline

Who has the advantage?

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

Prediction

This is a very good fight made by the matchmakers that is quietly flying under the radar. Smotritsky was someone I wasn’t familiar with but was impressed with his tape. Malott, I scouted years ago and was impressed. Beating a guy like Solomon Renfro in his last fight proves he’s who I thought he was back then.

On paper, Smotritsky looks to have the better grappling but it’s near even. Wrestling wise Smotritsky has a slight advantage but not by much. Both are talented strikers but Malott has more tools. So far in their careers, Malott has been touched up more and the hands of Smotritsky have improved with each fight. It’s close but I’m edging it to Malott. With Smotritsky I think he has to find the win from landing more output and setting finishing sequences up. Malott on the other hand can end it at any time and as the fight goes he’s likely to get stronger.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the insight Shawn, your breakdowns are always good. Would be great if you could post a day or 2 earlier than usual though as odds drop quickly for contender series.

    • Thank you sir. The only reason we publish so late is in case of pullouts and late notice replacements since that happens quite a bit. But if you ever have any questions message me on Twitter @mmawizzard.

  2. love the breakdowns, read them every week. I just wish you would make more over/under predictions. seems to be more value there for DWCS

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