Tyron Woodley is dangerous — he’s an explosive powerhouse wrestler that possesses a big right hand. Watch his youtube highlights and it’s of him landing a series of right-hand bombs.
Against Josh Koscheck, it was a night of landing his right.
In this sequence Tyron pumped jabs, changed levels and loaded a right hand to throw over the top of Koscheck’s stiffarm. Neither of these men’s true intent was to jab each other (neither has a sharp jab or left hook): their intention is to land their big right. For the most part, Tyron was stiff and expended a tremendous amount of energy in setting up his right hand, mainly using his explosiveness to close the range.
Certainly, it works, and he’s got the timing down. In this sequence, Woodley pumped jabs and changed levels to land a rear-uppercut into right overhand. Tyron set this up by attempting to run Koscheck into his range, and while Koscheck tried to shutdown Woodley with stiffarm and pump-jabs, neither did much to negate anything. Look at how much range Woodley covers every time he launches an assault: in this case he nearly covered half of the octagon.
But instead of marvelling at how Tyron explodes through, covering so much range, note how for the most part, Koscheck either moves straight back or circles towards the right hand [Gif 1 Gif 3: Straight Back] [Gif 2 Circle Towards Right].
Tyron Backed Up
After landing a big right hand of his own, Koscheck managed to back Tyron up. Where Koscheck failed was off a long left-hook that didn’t have a whole lot of accuracy or power behind it — even worse, it was a one-direction punch that only goes forward with no exit strategy. As a result, it missed Tyron even without much defence and a big right hook returned.
Notice at this point, every punch that Woodley landed was a right hand: right uppercut, right cross, right overhand, right hook.
To his own demise, Koscheck threw a committed cross that failed to find a target, and eats a right hook in return off Woodley’s slight lean as he loads up his punch.
a) Woodley is capable of many right-hand variations, and his main setup is by exploding forward and covering a lot of range. b) If you back up Woodley, and even if he appears tired, you still have to watch out for his right-hands. c) It’s unlikely Woodley can keep up this type of pace for a long time.
Throughout the fight, Woodley only landed right-hand punches, but note how Koscheck is mainly a right-hand puncher as well.
Overall, Condit is a more well-rounded striker in that he can and will throw variety. While Condit’s been cracked before by hard hitters such as Jake Ellenberger, he also outstruck the powerhouse wrester and puncher: Johny Hendricks. I have no predictions for this one — but anytime it’s experience and volume versus power, fireworks are almost guaranteed.
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