UFC on FUEL TV 5: Brad Pickett vs. Yves Jabouin Head-to-Toe Breakdown
An exciting bantamweight showdown is on the horizon, as UFC on Fuel TV 5 hosts a fight between Yves Jabouin and the UK's own Brad Pickett.
Both men are extremely entertaining fighters that should make this a fight of the night contender. They are both quick and technical, which should get the crowd and viewers at home extremely into this fight.
Here is a head-to-toe breakdown.
Both men are very capable on their feet and have technical skills for days.
Yves Jabouin is lightning quick and rarely ever stops throwing strikes. He is the owner of 11 career knockouts, but does not own one since 2008.
He is most remembered for the two-round classic he had with Mark Hominick at WEC 49, a fight he lost. It was one of my all-time favorite fights.
Brad Pickett has good boxing skills to counter Jabouin's kickboxing. He has six career knockouts, but like Jabouin, does not have one since 2008.
Of the two, Jabouin has the advantage.
Neither of these men have a wrestling base or crazy takedown ability. Similarly, their takedown defense is also somewhat suspect.
Therefore, I think the wrestling skills in each man's arsenal are fairly even.
If there is one knock on Yves Jabouin's game, it's that his grappling needs some work.
The Haitian-Canadian has only been submitted three times in his career, but has troubles when an opponent puts him on his back and engages in a submission grappling match.
Brad Pickett is very good on the ground. He has been submitted three times, but has dished out 10 tapouts of his own. This includes submission wins over Damacio Page, Kyle Dietz and David Lee.
The advantage here is obvious.
This is a guaranteed barnburner and should be in the running for fight of the night.
A solid portion of this bout will include a stand-up brawl. Jabouin will use his usual flashy techniques, such as spinning back fists and crazy kicks, but Pickett will stay in the pocket and use his boxing skills.
At some point, I expect Pickett to find his range—while taking some damage—and drag Jabouin down. From there, it's only a matter of time until Pickett finds a chokehold of some sort and earns a victory in front of his countrymen.
Prediction: Pickett def. Jabouin via submission