Renan Barao wasn’t the fighter with weight cutting problems in UFC 177. Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo was set to face Scott Jorgensen in what was going to be one of the best prelim mathups of the night, but he never made it to the scales. Jorgenson took his 177 payout regardless of the scratch, but he has to wait to cash in on his next fight until UFC 179 on October 25th.
Hopefully Jorgenson will take full advantage of the opportunity to train up and be ready for his new opponent when the time comes in October. He lost three three fights in a row before his last “fight of the night” decision victory over Danny Martinez. Jorgenson’s strong suit is his conditioning and ability to fight effectively regardless of the round number. Eight of his fifteen victories have been won by decision. Three of Jorgenson’s last four losses have been by submission by rear naked choke, a means to victory that Reis has used seven times in his MMA career. If Jorgensen can really prepare his grappling game and submission defense, he stands a great chance of robbing Reis of victory.
Former Bellator fighter Wilson Reis (18-5) won’t be afraid to let the fight go to a decision against Jorgenson. 10 of his 18 victories have been taken when it comes time for the judges to make the call. If the fight does last all three rounds, it will be interesting to see who can rack up the best score. However, Reis’s expereince as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt will be a serious threat to “Two Guns” if he sees an opportunity for a submission. The sooner he can take the fight to his powerhouse on the ground, he should aim to outmaneuver Young Guns for a finish before the judges can tell him otherwise.
Jorgenson has a lot to prove with with his new matchup. Losing three consecutive fights and getting another chance in your division is an opportunity rarely given in most organizations. To lose 4 out of his last 5 would put his career in the UFC in hot water. If Reis can really put on a show against Jorgensen, he has a strong case building to be a main card flyweight contender.