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Yves Jabouin (16-7, 1-1 UFC) and Walel Watson (9-2, 1-0 UFC) will kick off the ION TV broadcast for the UFC 140 in a bantamweight bout. Jabouin will have the "home field advantage" being a Canadian fighting on a card in Canada.
How do these two stack up?
Jabouin: 32 years old | 5'6"
Watson: 27 years old | 5'11"
What have these two done recently?
Jabouin: W - Ian Loveland (Split Dec), L - Pablo Garza (Sub), W - Brandon Visher (Dec)
Watson: W - Joseph Sandoval (TKO), W - Ismael Leon (Sub), L - Cody Gibson (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Jabouin got a trip to the UFC through an exciting three fight stint in the WEC. While he only went 1-2 in those bouts he lost a very close split decision to Rafael Assuncao, got fight of the night while losing to Mark Hominick and then beat Brandon Visher. He's an exciting striker who is usually good to put on an exciting fight but at a certain point his combined 2-3 record in Zuffa promotions and losses in the past to Jonathan Brookins and Sam Stout on smaller shows has to be seen as an indicator of his long-term prospects in the UFC.
Watson is a finisher, having never been to the judges scorecards in his career and scoring submissions in seven of his nine career wins. His 5'11" frame is very long for a 135 pounder and those long limbs allow him to have success when attacking with submissions.
Why should you care?
Watson may be around the UFC for a long time if his top-end career outlook comes through and Jabouin is always down for a good fight. It should be an interesting scrap.
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