DWCS 2021 Week 10 Breakdown and Predictions

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Juan Puerta Credit: Titan FC

Flyweight: Zhifa Shang Vs. Juan Puerta

Tale of the Tape

Zhifa Shang
35-years-old
5’6″
Heilongjiang, China
Longyun MMA Gym
32-7
4 KO/TKOs, 19 Submissions
Juan Puerta
33-years-old
5’8″
Atlanta, Georgia, US
American Top Team Atlanta
22-6
1 KO/TKO, 12 Submissions

Pros and Cons

Zhifa Shang

Pros

  • Aggressive
  • Wrestles well
  • Submission threat
  • Good cardio
  • Scrambles well
  • Good ground and pound
  • Good back take

Cons

  • Tend to get caught in submission attempts
  • TDD needs work

Juan Puerta

Pros

  • Submission threat
  • Good jab
  • Good back take
  • Strong jiu-jitsu
  • Good kicks
  • Good use of range
  • Versatile submission attack

Cons

  • Hands low
  • Slows as the fight goes
  • Throws single strikes
  • Struggles going backwards

Who has the advantage?

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

Prediction

A battle between two older flyweights with a ton of experience. They have a combined record of 54-13. I like both fighters and I wish these two were fighting the other flyweights later on the card.

Both are mainly grapplers and on the feet, it’s nearly even. Puerta is the longer fighter but Shang makes up with it for his pressure.  I would favor Shang because of his aggression and Puerta is hittable going backwards. A fight I’m sure will go to the mat so that’s going to be where the fight is decided.

Overall, I’ve been more impressed with Shang. He just has problems putting himself in bad positions and he doesn’t want to do that against Puerta. Shang is on a 20-fight win streak and I’m taking him for the upset. I think he’s slightly better everywhere and has a big endurance advantage. Not confident at all since Chinese fighters have been doing poorly in the UFC and on DWCS, but this one has a real shot. I see Shang at a +160 dog and that’s worth betting. If Puerta wins it will be by submission and that’s +350

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