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Welcome to the UFC: Pietro Menga

With the UFC coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, later in the month, the card was set to hold a solid bout in the flyweight division as Tim Elliott was slated to take on Justin Scoggins. Elliott would go to twitter to announce that Scoggins had pulled from the bout, as Scoggins would subsequently go on to announce his unfortunate injury. However, a replacement was sought and shortly after it would be announced the UFC had signed top flyweight prospect Pietro Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will step in and debut at UFC on FOX 26: Winnipeg on December 16th, 2017 against Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC).

 

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Pietro Menga

“Pitbull”
5’7″
Flyweight
29 years old

From Manchester, England
Training out of Team Kaobon Liverpool
13-0
8 Submissions (3 Rear-Naked-Chokes, 2 Guillotines, 1 Tap to Elbows, 1 Armbar, 1 Arm-Triangle)
3 (KO/TKOs)

How I think Pietro Menga does in the UFC:

Menga has dominated every one of his opponents, never losing a round in his career. Menga has shown knockout power and some decent kickboxing as he’s even competed in kickboxing matches before. But where Menga really comes into his own is his ground game. On the mat, Menga’s skills stand out as he’s very strong, whether he’s controlling his opponent’s posture or he’s grabbing onto a limb for a submission. Even though Menga is strong, he is also very flexible and has fluid hips that he uses to efficiently shift his body positioning from the bottom and cinch on triangles and armbars. Menga also has fantastic cardio and takedown defense. I understand the level of competition has been unproven in most of his fights but he has looked good in his two fights against quality opponents. He’s shown all signs that he’s one of the top flyweight up-and-comers. The only downside is Menga hasn’t fought since July, 2016 so ring rust could be an issue especially making a UFC debut against a ranked foe.

How I think Pietro Menga matches up with Tim Elliott:

Elliott has a very awkward style slinging punches with his hands to his waist but it helps him because he is generally not telegraphed at all. His wrestling is good and his submission instincts are some of the best in the division along with his impressive scrambling abilities. Elliott did fight the pound-for-pound best Demetrious Johnson in December, 2016 going the distance. Elliott posted quite an effort against Johnson. This is a massive step up for Menga as Elliott is a heck of an opponent to make your debut on. And without a doubt, Menga will be an underdog coming into this fight. Menga is worth taking a bet on as he can be the guy to neutralize Elliott, but it is a risk. This should be a super fun and high paced fight.

Watch these two square off December 16th at the MTS Centre Arena in Winnipeg, Canada for UFC on FOX 26 — UFC Winnipeg. The card is headlined by the #2-ranked welterweight Robbie Lawler taking on the #4-ranked Rafael Dos Anjos

 

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