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One step away from the dream: Paternò vs. Janzemini preview at Cage Warriors 95

We expect a competitive match between two young talents of European MMA. Who will shoot for the stars in the London night?

In 3 days the Italian Stefano Paternò is going to face the Iranian (with British citizenship) Mehrdad “9 Shots” Janzemini in London for the Cage Warriors welterweight title, in the main event of the CW 95 card.

Janzemini (9-2) has never reached the second round in his career, since all his matches have ended in the first round. He has obtained 6 victories via submission, 5 of which through heel hooks: in fact he has won a Commonwealth Sambo Association silver medal and an ADCC Submission Fighting Championship bronze medal. Therefore, the Iranian fighter is a very good grappler; however, he is also gifted with powerful strikes: he won his last match, also at Cage Warriors, in only 31 seconds by KO. Indeed Janzemini has revealed to have improved his striking a lot through his training.

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“9 Shots” has won five straight times, his last loss having come in the ACB promotion in 2016. He will rely on his longer reach, since he is slightly taller than his Italian opponent. We expect him to start aggressively looking to win the match quickly.

Janzemini has defined Paternò as “a strong guy”, although he stated that he feels superior on the ground, and that he is not worried about the stand-up part of the match. What is his prediction? Victory in the second round!

Paternò (11-2-1) is the first IFC welterweight champion. He has captured 10 out of his 11 victories by stoppage, and has only lost by decision. In the last 7 matches, he has recorded 6 victories and one draw. The Italian fighter has great stand-up and is known for the power of his strikes: he has won 7 times by KO or TKO. He is also a BJJ purple belt and has trained with Rorion Gracie recently.

Unlike Janzemini, Paternò has had 4 of his matches go to the judges’ verdict. Therefore, should the fight last long, the young Italian would have more experience than his opponent, who claims to have worked a lot on his cardio during his camp, however.

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We expect a competitive match, but the Iranian could decide to fight more cautiously than usual considering the importance of the fight and the fact that it’s scheduled for five rounds. Paternò will use his striking skills to reduce the distance and will be ready to defend himself from his opponent’s attempts to bring the fight to the ground. If this should happen, the Italian athlete will rely on his excellent BJJ abilities.

The two fighters are considered young talents: they are both 22. The winner could reasonably hope for a call from the UFC.

On such occasions ambition and determination are fundamental, because both athletes are aware of being one step away from realizing their dream. Who will shoot for the stars in the London night?

Tommaso Clerici

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