The first bout on the main card that belongs on the prelims should at least be exciting, and quick.
The Match Up
Welterweight Alan Jouban -460 vs. Richard Walsh +365
3 Things You Should Know
1. Alan Jouban is the prettiest fighter to not have a future in the UFC. At least his fights are exciting.
There's something almost anti-Aristotelian about that comment; about not trusting an attractive person to have a future. Maybe that's why I'm probably wrong on this one, but Jouban doesn't seem like the kind of fighter with the skillset to stay competitive in the fairly deep Welterweight division. A division that's a little more up for grabs at the top without GSP, but more stable at the lower level where the competition is stout. At 1-1 in the UFC, he's in against a tough opponent who came from an unlikely source.
2. Walsh is one of the better fighters from the TUF: Nations - Canada vs. Australia show, which would be a sarcastic endorsement on anyone else. Walsh is legit. Don't let the so called loss to Kunimoto fool you.
Walsh needs to forget his loss to Kiichi Kunimoto and move on. The MMA universe owes the Japanese a stupid decision in their favor, so it looks like the gods chose Walsh as their Australian sacrifice. It's hard to project just where both fighters will be in the next few years, as neither are exactly blue chip. But Walsh has a pretty solid game for welterweight where he can find opponents that are more than comfortable in close quarters where Walsh excels.
3. Great wallet pick on this one, as Walsh should not be half the underdog he is on paper.
If you love watching MMA with your own cash on the line, then this one's for you. The best part is that it should last for the duration; just in time to have a heart attack if you put the house payment on Walsh, only to see him get Gonzaga'ed, extraneous ankle death style, with 20 seconds left in the fight.
Jouban is all about what he can violently execute on the feet. He's got a wicked first step into his punch combinations which allows him to cover good distance. It's not tactically encouraged, but he's versatile enough to make it worthwile with a sledgehammer left kick, and a brutal straight left. In other words, he uses the left side of his body to brutal effect.
Walsh should be able to navigate around Jouban's strikes at range. He moves quickly for takedowns and doesn't relent in close. He's very physical in the clinch, kitchen sinking his way into strikes and top control. The only reason I feel like Walsh will still lose this bout is because Jouban is so good off his back. While submissions off the back are practically extinct, Jouban works so quickly I could see him landing hard enough strikes to get Walsh making a mistake on the ground.
Alan Jouban by Guillotine, round 3.