UFC on Fox 22 features some pretty intriguing matchups one of which features a bonafide slugger versus a more disciplined, if not raw, striker. Mike Perry versus Alan Jouban is sure to be a wild fight filled with the chills and thrills only two hungry prospects can deliver upon. The title may sound dismissive of Alan Jouban, but the kickboxing enthusiast truly has the recipe to give a guy like Mike Perry problems. At its best the fight will be an awesome display of different striking styles. At its worst it will be pure chaos with either man digging deep to survive. Both scenarios are incredibly enticing and should be a thrill to witness.
With only two fights in the UFC Mike Perry has gained a great deal of fans and detractors alike. His out spoken nature is becoming pretty common after the emergence of Conor McGregor, but it doesn’t seem to be a put on. Mike Perry has a ton of pride and ego and with fairly good reason too. He’s undefeated for a reason. Perry isn’t the most polished striker but he’s willing to take what his opponents throw at him and dish it out with devastating results. He tends to throw a series of hooks as well as some hard leg kicks. You’ll occasionally see some straight punches from Perry but for the most part he wants to come forward and test you chin and isn’t afraid to see if his own will hold up under pressure as well. He’s tough and is wants to see who the tougher man is. If that means trading blows with his opponent then so be it.
Alan Jouban is on the other end of the spectrum as far as personality goes. He’s your jovial laid back former male model type, if that’s even a thing. Style-wise he does have many of the same quirks as Perry however. He tends to have a hook heavy approach to his striking but does through more straight punches as well as kicks. In the clinch he isn’t afraid to get creative and through spinning elbows. When he’s more conservative his clinch work can be clean and devastating. The biggest advantage for Jouban in this match is his height and reach advantage. With Perry having the tendency to match forward with his chin exposed, Jouban should take advantage and catch him coming in with left straights. If he does get his man hurt he should be calm and careful as to not engage in a brawl which would favor Perry who tucks his chin well while inside the pocket.
This should be a pretty wild fight while it lasts and though Mike Perry has been looking dangerous in his first two UFC fights I suspect that Alan Jouban’s cleaner work can get the job done. The pick is Alan Jouban by second round TKO.
Who do you think wins this slug fest?