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MMA Power Hour | Season 6: Episode 26 (w/ Curran Jacobs and Combat Insiders)

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The special guest for this week’s episode is former Michigan State University wrestling captain and current Colosseum Combat fighter, Curran Jacobs. Also, Colin Crandall and Adam Roorda take a look at this weekend’s event, UFC 248. The two quickly look at each fight and give their preview and predictions.

Jacobs was up first on the show this week. Jacobs was very excited to get on and answer all the questions Colin had for him. Jacobs is also a former Catch Wrestling World Champion. Jacobs quickly described how when he was in Catch Wrestling, you wrestle unlimited 5-minute rounds until someone either pins their opponent for 3 seconds or win via submission. Jacobs went on to say you can catch all his matches on YouTube.  Jacobs currently fight for MMA promotion, Colosseum Combat. Jacobs is currently 1-0 with his second fight coming up on March 21st. Jacobs goal is to get potentially move to Europe and get some more experience. The goal down the road then is to eventually get into a higher promotion such as Bellator or UFC.

Colin next asked Jacobs to give his advice on the main event this weekend between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero. Jacobs was quick to say Romero must apply pressure and do it frequently. He goes on to say he can’t let Adesanya play his game. He must put the pressure on and make Adesanya feel uncomfortable. Romero must us his wrestling in his matchup or he will be in big trouble. As Jacobs said, “Why would you stand toe to toe with someone who is a cobra with their hands and feet.”

One thing they touched on was that Romero has tended to get away from his wrestling lately. Colin asked Jacobs why wrestlers tend to get away from what they are good at. Especially wrestlers who tend to gravitate towards striking. Jacobs thinks it as simple as a fighter gets a knockout and it changes them. They feel great getting that quick stop, love the feeling of knocking someone out, and the fans enjoy it. When asked by Colin if he would ever gravitate away from wrestling, Jacobs responded, Hell no! I’m a wrestler. My game plan is to get you down and take you to my world.”

Jacobs went on to talk about how much he admires Khabib Nurmagomedov’s style. Colin and Jacobs talked about being a wrestler and adding striking to your game. Jacobs went on to compare the styles between Nurmagomedov and Ben Askren. Two well known wrestlers in the MMA community. Askren tends to just shoot right away and look for the take down, where Nurmagomedov adds striking to his style so he can set you up for the takedown. On adding striking to his game plan, Jacobs said, “It’s extremely important to show the person across you that you will throw some punches.” Indicating Jacobs wants his style to be unpredictable like Nurmagomedov’s and no predictable like Askren’s.

Next Jacobs was asked about how he became comfortable fighting off his back in MMA. As a wrestler you try to stay off your back as much as possible. Jacobs started train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). Jacobs admitted that it took him a little while to get comfortable with being on his back. He went on to say though he continually kept training in BJJ and kept putting himself in that position to the point where he started to get comfortable being on his back. It’s still a position he does not want to be in once in a fight. Jacobs also briefly touched on the subject about the “feud” between wrestlers and BJJ fighters. All Jacobs had to really say was I you want to be a great MMA fighter you must be well trained in both areas.

The last thing Colin asked Jacobs about was the upcoming lightweight title fight between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. Jacobs believes that this will be the biggest challenge yet for Nurmagomedov. He believes that Ferguson’s superior striking along with his wrestling skills, will take down Nurmagomedov and become the new lightweight champion. Jacobs goes on to say if Ferguson must avoid being taken down at all costs. If he is taken down, he must get back up as soon as possible. If he can’t get back up right away, he will most likely become win number 30 for Khabib.

To finish off this episode, Colin and Adam gave us a quick run down of this weekends UFC 248 event. UFC 248 features two championship bouts on the main card. The main event features a middleweight title fight between current champion, Israel Adesanya, and challenger, Yoel Romero. The co-main features the women’s strawweight title fight between current champion, Weili Zhang, and former strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Also fighting this weekend is three former MMA Power Hour guests Max Griffin, Beneil Dariush, and Mark Madsen. We will take a look at a couple fights that Colin and Adam dig into. For a full analysis and prediction check out the full episode.

One of the first fights the Colin and Adam went over was the main fight on the preliminary card this weekend. Sean O’Malley takes on Jose Alberto Quinonez. This will be the first fight for O’Malley since receiving a two-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Both Colin and Adam agree that O’Malley overall is the better fighter in this matchup. Ring rust may be something O’Malley have to worry about when the fight first starts, but Colin and Adam both think O’Malley will be looking to make a statement in his return and score a knockout in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Another fight that they took a look at was the co-main event featuring women’s strawweight champion, Zhang, taking on former champion, Jedrzejczyk. A win for Jedrzejczyk would make her only the second woman ever to win a title on two different occasions. Adam believes that Zhang will apply to much pressure for Jedrzejczyk to handle. Adam believes that Zhang will submit Jedrzejczyk to retain her strawweight title. Colin on the other hand, believes that Jedrzejczyk will be well prepared and have her way in the matchup and reclaim her strawweight title.

Finally, both Colin and Adam took a look at the main event. A middleweight title match between current champion, Adesanya, and challenger, Romero.  Colin and Adam went on to agree with what Jacobs had said earlier in his interview, Romero must try and wrestle Adesanya. Once again, Colin and Adam see this fight going differently. Colin believes that Romero will use his wrestling to his advantage and be able to control the fight to become the new middleweight champion. Adam on the other hand believes that Adesanya will over overpower Romero and just be too much for Romero to handle. Adam sees Adesanya scoring a 3rd round knockout to retain his middleweight title.

UFC 248 is set to take place this Saturday, March 7th in Las Vegas, NV at the T-Mobile Arena.

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Written by Cory Groeneveld


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