Melendez and Masvidal Head to Head: Who will win this weekend?Posted on December 14, 2011, 11:42 PM by Trent Reinsmith
Gilbert Melendez and Jorge Masvidal will meet this weekend, as Melendez puts his Strikeforce title on the line at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. What follows is a preview of the main event of Strikeforce’s final card of 2011.
Finishes: 12Streak: W-W-W-W-W
Striking: 55-45 Gilbert Melendez
Many consider Masvidal the more powerful and well-rounded striker of the two, but I think the key here is in the style of the striking. Masvidal is more of a counterstriker, which may very well work against him when he faces Melendez. If Melendez comes out guns blazing and sets a frenetic pace it could cause Masvidal to fight more on his heels than he already does and if there is no break in the action for Masvidal to capitalize on, Melendez has the advantage. If Melendez does allow Masvidal to get off, then he could have some problems. Melendez has the advantage, but only if he is relentless in his attack.
Clinch/Dirty Boxing: 60-40 Jorge Masvidal
This is where Masvidal will have an advantage in the standing game. His well-rounded game will see him throwing knees from in the clinch and his more powerful hands could hurt Melendez if he is able to find the opening. Melendez would be wise to avoid getting into the clinch with Masvidal.
Wrestling: 65-35 Gilbert Melendez
Melendez was a solid high school wrestler, which translated to a college scholarship in the sport. However, once Melendez fell under the influence of Jake Shields, wrestling to a back seat to MMA training. Melendez should be able to set up and execute his takedowns by using his fast paced style. Once on the ground, Melendez holds a clear advantage over Masvidal and honestly, to avoid the striking power of Masvidal, the ground is where Melendez should be looking to spend his time.
Submissions: 70-30 Gilbert Melendez
Neither fighter is the biggest proponent of going for submissions; between them they have exactly two submission victories in 49 professional fights. The nod in this category goes to Melendez based on his training with Team Cesar Gracie. In that camp a fighter better get some solid jiu-jitsu / submission skills of they’ll be in for some long training seasons with the Diaz brothers.
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