Welcome to the UFC: Matt Bessette

With the UFC heading to Boston, Mass., later this month, the 12 bout card would unfortunately lose out on another scheduled fight as visa issues would pull Arnold Allen from the card. The UFC have now signed a big prospect in Matt Bessette to replace Allen, and he will step in and fight Enrique Barzola.

Matt Bessette

“The Mangler”
33 yeard old
Hartford, Connecticut
Training out of Underdog Mixed Martial Arts
22-7 (1 NC)
8 Submissions (4 Guillotine, 2 Heel Hooks, Triangle, RNC)
7 KO/TKO’s


How I think Matt Bessette does in the UFC:

Bessette lost his latest fight on the Dana White’s Contender Series last summer, as he was finished by Kurt Holobaugh, who earned himself a UFC contract. Despite that loss, Holobaugh used an illegal IV and the fight was changed to a no contest. Now, six months later, Bessette will make his UFC debut. Bessette: you can describe him in one word and that is “violence” as everything he throws is to end the fight. On the feet the guy brings it, always moving forward looking to crack that jaw with huge power in his hands along with very good accuracy. Not only can he strike he can do everything else. He throws elbow, knees, and thunderous leg kicks, chopping his opponents down. He has been rocked at times but in 33 pro fights he has only lost twice by KO/TKO, so he has a good chin and tremendous heart. Bessette has good wrestling and overall on the mat he has strong BJJ on top or bottom. He has locked up leglocks, triangles, guillotines, and RNC, showing how diverse he can be on the mat. Bessette is a nice addition to the roster. There are guys that are better strikers and better grapplers, but he is a walking bonus machine and will put on some awesome fights.

How I think Matt Bessette matches up with Enrique Barzola:

Barzola is mainly a grappler, he has good wrestling and he moves well on top, staying very active, and he also has good striking. H stays on the outside and uses his boxing very well and uses a lot of kicks to set up more attacks. Although Barzola is skilled on the feet he does have a total of 16 takedowns in his last two fights, so that’s is where he appears at his best. Barzola is a guy that can challenge Bessette on both the mat and on the feet as he has the better wrestling and control where Bessette has the better Jiu-Jitsu. On the feet, I don’t think Barzola is the striker to put Bessette away as he doesn’t hit hard nor is he too aggressive, and Bessette has a big power advantage. This is a close fight and I feel Bessette will be the slight favorite, but I wouldn’t wanna bet on this one, it’s that close.

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