Dennis Bermudez vs Matt Grice, UFC 157, 23 February 2013
Dennis Bermudez vs Matt Grice is an incredibly dynamic fight between two explosive featherweights. Just by the pace in the first minute of the first round, you know this is going to be an exciting back and forth battle. Dennis Bermudez vs Matt Grice, both fighters put their heart and skill on display and show they are true MMA warriors. Pay close attention when you’re watching this fight. You don’t want to miss the quick combinations and the slick wrestling. This fight won fight of the night honours and was an early front runner for fight of the year 2013.
Going into this fight, many fight fans and fight critics looked to the wrestling of Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice, trying to understand who would have the edge. In the first two minutes of the first round, Dennis Bermudez gets an awesome takedown and an incredible mount that traps Matt Grice arm. Matt Grice is completely open to ground and pound with no way to defend. What might be even more incredible is that Matt Grice is also able to leverage his wrestling and get out of the position! The pace that these fighters are setting is incredible.
In the stand up competition, both Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice display crisp combinations, precise timing, and expert distancing. The thing to look out for however are the beautiful left hooks that Matt Grice lands on Dennis.
The first one comes with about 1:15 left of the first round. The end of an awesome combination, Matt Grice drops Dennis Bermudez with a perfect left hook.
The second one comes at about 40 seconds into the second round. Dennis Bermudez dives in for a take down but eats a right and left hook across the forehead.
Both Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice come from a highly decorated wrestling background. They both started their wrestling careers in high school and both were NCAA division I wrestlers. Matt Grice was a four time Oklahoma State champion and won Outstanding Wrestler three times. Dennis Bermudez also has an impressive wrestling record and wrestled in Akron, Ohio.
We have seen Matt Grice in awesome fights against Jason Black and Leonard Garcia. Dennis Bermudez on the other hand we saw on The Ultimate Fighter season 14: Bisping vs Miller. Dennis Bermudez made it to the finale but was defeated by Diego Brandao. Since then, Dennis has turned in awesome performances against Pablo Garza and Tommy Hayden.
Both of these fighters are constantly improving. Keep your eye out for them, but in the mean time, enjoy Dennis Bermudez vs Matt Grice.
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