Road to UFC: Episode 3 Breakdown and Predictions

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Xie Bin ONE Championship
Xie Bin Credit: ONE Championship

Road to the UFC sees fighters from four weight classes, flyweight to lightweight, competing in a tournament to break into the UFC proper. The first four instalments of the event go down in Singapore this weekend, ahead of UFC 275, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Episode three goes down on Friday, and we’ve got a look at the fights you can expect. Let’s go!

Featherweight: Lee Jung Young Vs. Xie Bin

Tale of the Tape

Lee Jung Young
Daegu, South Korea
26-years-old
5’10”
7-1
4-fight win streak
Xie Bin
Tianjin, China
24-years-old
5’10”
8-3
No win streak

Pros and Cons

Lee Jung Young

Pros

  • Power striker
  • Technical
  • Dangerous counter striker
  • Goes body-head well
  • Solid gas tank
  • Good kickboxing
  • Nice jab
  • Good movement
  • Good one-two
  • Good pocket striker

Cons

  • Sits in the pocket too long
  • Too willing to exchange

Xie Bin

Pros

  • Submission threat/Excellent d’arce choke
  • Fights long well
  • Good wrestling
  • Good ground and pound
  • Dangerous jumping knee
  • Solid jiu-jitsu

Cons

  • TDD needs work
  • Loose in positions
  • Easy to get hit
  • Sloppy at times

Prediction: If Bin fights anything as he did in his last fight, Young will smoke him. Bin has to get the fight to the mat or he will find himself on the opposite end of some punishing strikes. If Bin does take Young down I’m not confident he can do anything with it. If he couldn’t beat that last guy he’s going to have a ton of issues with Young. The pick is a confident one for Young.

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