Heavyweights hope to enliven the crowd with their brand of oversized pugilism this August 8, 2015 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Match Up
Heavyweight Jared Rosholt 12-2 vs. Timothy Johnson 9-1
Heavyweight Jared Rosholt -245 vs. Timothy Johnson +205
3 Things You Should Know
1. It's becoming increasingly clear that Jared Rosholt is actually very similar to his breather. Thankfully for Rosholt, Heavyweight is a little more forgiving than Middleweight.
Comparing Jared to Jake isn't exactly an insult. Jake didn't have some sort of ignominious UFC exit. And he didn't struggle outside of the UFC until recently. As a three time Big Ten Finalist, it's clear that Jared has a skillset plenty of other heavyweights will have a hard time defending. It's also clear that Rosholt's lack of athleticism will have a hard time succeeding. But at 4-1 in the UFC thus far, he's proving his worth. Even his lone UFC defeat felt more lucky than inevitable.
2. Timothy Johnson is the Heavyweight scrapper equivalent of movie based cereal; the elements are there for a nutritious breakfast, but the knock off ingredients make for a muddled taste.
But don't take my analogies reminding me of how awful the 89' Batman cereal was at face value. See for yourself.
Johnson is a plodding heavy handed fighter with a decent well rounded skillset. He's coming off a win over Shamil Abudurakhimov, and he hopes to make it two this weekend.
3. Rosholt is still improving, which bodes well for him against the Heavyweight division in general. The same can't be said of Johnson.
Yes, Rosholt got tagged in embarrassing fashion by Olexsiy Oliynyk. Even the Fox Deportes guys could be heard laughing in response. His knockout loss bears an uncanny resemblance to the misguided punch Todd Duffee threw before getting erased.
But once you get passed that, Rosholt was doing just fine. His wrestling is top notch, though his pedigree betrays his in-cage efficiency. Still, hard to argue with history. But he's developing a solid arsenal of strikes, which he simply never had before. Moreover, he throws his left and right hand with considerable velocity. Once in top control, you're just not gonna shake him.
I don't see Johnson countering any of this. Johnson has good power, but he fights in grinding fashion, often working his way into the clinch where he kind of just flubbers about. This pugilist approach will play right into Jared's hands, and if not, Rosholt is the better striker at range too.
Rosholt by Decision.