Welcome to the UFC: Anderson Dos Santos

On November 17th, the UFC will be coming to Buenos Aires for the first time in promotion history. With the card most likely finalized, the UFC has already had to deal with many injuries and this time the card took another blow as Nad Narimani has had two opponent scrapped from the card. This time the UFC went to Brazil to pick up veteran Anderson Dos Santos.


“Berinja”
5’7″
Bantamweight
33-years-old
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Trains out of  Forja V2 MMA School
20-6
5 KO/TKO
11 Submissions (8 RNC’s, 2 guillotine’s, armbar)

How will Anderson Dos Santos fare in the UFC:

With the fight being on short notice with a little over a week to fight night, Dos Santos is a good pick-up for the promotion. The Brazilian has 26 combined fights so he has seen it all and he has a few quality wins including a win over UFC bantamweight Ricky Simon. With that said, “Berinja” is 33 and has a lot of miles so I don’t expect a lot out of him. On the feet, Dos Santos is wild and he tends to sit in the pocket and let his hands go as he has the power to put his opponents away. But at the same time, he’s very hittable and he has been cracked before. He thrives more in the exchanges on the at where he can scramble very well and is very slick at taking the back being why he has eight rear-naked-chokes. With that said he’s dangerous on the mat when he’s in control but his takedown defense isn’t great and off his back he tends to struggle.

How he matches up with Nad Narimani?

Narimani is a good matchup for anyone to make their debut against because he has many flaws. He is also a tough matchup since he is offensively effective. Narimani I see taking the same approach in this fight as he did against Khalid Taha where he made it an ugly fight with pressure and takedowns. Narimani has fought guys like Alex Enlund and Paddy Pimblett who is more respected with their jiu-jitsu and he was able to survive the submissions. This is a tough fight on short notice to take but I wouldn’t be surprised if Dos Santos won.

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