The third card in UCC's debut year is coming soon and MMA fans in NY should be excited. Not only are there some very exciting up and comers on the card, but this event is taking place mere minutes from the isle of Manhattan, just off the PATH. Sure we've had fight leagues come close to NY, but the UCC is aiming for the residents of Manhattan specifically! What does that mean? It means NY MMA fans don't have to travel that far to scratch that insatiable itch for a live MMA event. Plus, the more support we show for local venues in surrounding states, the better chance we have to get this great sport into Madison Square Garden.
With my little rant done with, we can now get into the whole entire point of this article: breaking down some of the fights on the up and coming UCC 3: Renegades card. Remember, this isn't the majors! Most of the fighters on the card are relatively new, most with records of under 5 fights. An excellent chance to bear witness to the future of MMA from the Tri-State Area.
We'll start discussion about two fights on the main card, followed by what is most likely going to be the main event of the evening!
Brandon Vancleave (0-0) vs. Mike Winters (2-0)
Brandon Vancleave had a successful 3-0 amateur record, recording 2 of his wins by TKO. Making his pro debut, Brandon is hoping to bring his aggressive style of striking, as well as his background in jiu jitsu, directly to Mike Winters. Winters has is undefeated in the amateurs, as well as in his professional career. Winters will most likely keep the fight standing, considering two of his pro wins are by TKO within the first round.
I expect Winters to take advantage of the little experience he has over Vancleave, scoring another first round TKO victory.
Bantamweight (135 lbs) Bout
The next bout on the card is between two green prospects from the NY/NJ area. Schortz, hailing from Long Island, is an admitted submission fighter. He has a background in jiu jitsu (which he holds an purple belt in), wrestling and Muy Thai. He's participated in numerous grappling tournaments, and his first professional fight was won via RNC. Shcortz first and only fight happened over a year ago, entering this fight he'll be coming off a 14 month lay off.
Facing Schortz will be NJ fighter Claudio Ledesma. This will be Claudios second fight under the UCC banner, and he's coming off a decision loss to Jimmie Rivera. His lone victory is by way of RNC, avenging an amateur loss to Larry Byrnes. Ledesma is a Renzo Gracie student, and has also participated in numerous grappling tournaments.
Look for these two to have a battle of wits on the floor. Considering Schortz extended lay off, I'm going to have to call a submission victory for Claudio in round 2.
McLean, a native of New Jersey, is coming fresh off his last win @ UCC 2: Strikedown in which he put on a fight of the night performance in his unanimous decision victory against 8 year veteran of the sport James "Mad Dog" Meals. Being an all american wrestler in college, McLean has shown good take downs, balance, and top control. He undoubtedly has stamina, and his striking skills are improving, with his two wins prior to the Meals fight coming by KO.
His opponent, Felipe Arantes, is a Muay Thai fighter from Sao Paolo, Brazil. After going going 5 - 1 professionally in Brazil, Arantes made his way to the United States to continue the growth of his MMA career. Following a NC against Kurt Pelligrino student Lester Caslow (Asantes originally won the bout via RNC in the 3rd), Arantes gained a TKO victory of Francisco Robert. Training with Chute Box during his Muy Thai days, and now with Macaco Gold Team, Sertanejo shows excellent Muy Thai striking skills and a well versed jiu jitsu game.
This bout will most likely come down to a battle on the floor. I don't see McLean attempting to keep things standing since Sertanejo obviously holds an advantage over him on the feet. McLean has shown he can take a shot, but i doubt he wants to test his chin against Arantes. Look for McLean to do everything within his power (and trust me he has a lot of it) to avoid the submission and keep his opponent down and look to finish him with some G'n'P.
I'm calling a McLean victory coming via UD in another FOTN performance.
The UCC 3: Renegades card has over 9 fights, with on of them being an exhibition match. I'm going to do my part and attempt to support this promotion as much as i do the others. Any MMA, if run correctly, is good MMA. UCC is already delivering well put together events in the short amount of time it has been around. I have no doubt they'll continue down this road as time goes on.
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