Frankie Perez (10-3) vs. Chris Wade (11-3)
These two squared off three years ago at a Ring of Combat event, which saw Wade take the split decision victory over Perez. Of course, with UFC experience now under both fighters’ belts, we can expect two different fighters, though perhaps the same results.
Frankie Perez Keys to Victory:
Frankie Perez has a mean streak. He’s going to need it. Perhaps the fact that he is facing someone who holds a victory over him will bring it out of him more than ever before, doubled by the fact that he is coming off a loss to Marc Diakiese. Considering these factors, we could be us seeing Frankie Perez with an extra chip on his shoulder. Should Perez make use of this aggressiveness, he could hurt Wade, and perhaps earn a TKO stoppage. This would probably be an early referee stoppage, as Wade has never been finished, and Perez only has two TKO victories in his career. So for Frankie Perez: be aggressive, land, and hope the referee jumps in prematurely.
Frankie Perez is also underrated with submissions. He constantly looks for leg locks when fighting defensively on the mat; however, he currently holds no victories via this hold. Ultimately, Perez must hope that Wade gives him a break….you know, like the one the UFC gave him after he attempted to attack Marc Diakiese after the final bell…
Chris Wade Keys to Victory:
Aside from the occasional leg lock attempt, Frankie Perez has a tendency to not be very active from his back, which is perfect for someone like Chris Wade with a strong wrestling background. Also, if someone who is far from an elite grappler like Marc Diakiese can take Perez down multiple times, it seems likely that Wade could do the same.
Wade is not afraid to stand and bang, and has attributed his striking heavy approach to a desire to put on a great show, but now has said he plans to go back to his roots while still not abandoning his growing striking game. That is the last thing that Frankie Perez should want to hear.
Chris Wade is a very competitive fighter with tenacious takedowns and is very strong on top. He also has a strength advantage over Perez. His only two UFC losses came to elite Russian grapplers, and Frankie Perez does not hold the kind of power or grappling ability of Rustam Khabilov or Islam Makhachev. So as long as Wade utilizes his toughness should Perez land some shots, and have a wrestling-heavy gameplan, then folks, you will see why Wade is a high, yet very bettable -300 favorite to accompany his hometown advantage. In fact, I have it as the third best bet to make of the night.
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