If you’re a fan of world class Jiu Jitsu and you love watching a grappling wizard destroy his opponents on the ground, then mark November 16th off on your calendar, because Robert Drysdale will (finally) be making his UFC debut.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Drysdale will be stepping into the cage in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC 167, and putting his 6 & 0 (professional) record on the line against 1 & 1 (UFC), Cody Donovan.
Donovan is a fighter with some power, finishing half of his wins by way of either KO or TKO. That combined with his three submission victories, stands Donovan at an impressive 88% finishing rate. That said, Drysdale comes to the fight with a 100% finishing rate, with every win coming by way of submission, with each victory being secured within the first round and with only one fighter lasting more than two minutes; 2:06.
Three submission victories aside, Donovan, as probably every other light-heavyweight in the division, would be well advised to stay away from any ground exchanges with Drysdale, and would be best served by keeping the fight standing. In that, he might have a chance. However, if the fight transitions to the ground, there’s probably not a fan out there that would give him a chance of surviving the encounter.
The only drawback regarding this fight is that it’s apt to be on the preliminary-card bout and not on the main, which one would have thought would have been reasonable to do, considering fan interest in seeing Drysdale’s debut. However and nonetheless, it’s just nice to finally see him make an appearance in the UFC's Octagon.
All things considered, UFC 167 is shaping up to be a great card and fans should be treated to a series of great welterweight showdowns, inclusive of the mother of them all, Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks.