UFC on Fuel 5: Can Yves Jabouin Become a Threat with His Current Skill Set?

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIISeptember 28, 2012

May 15, 2012; Fairfax, VA, USA; Yves Jabouin (right) leans into a kick toward a falling Jeff Hougland (left) during the Korean zombie vs Poirier event at Patriot Center.  Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

Yves Jabouin has experienced a rebirth in a sense. He lost his UFC debut via flying triangle choke.

After that he decided a drop to bantamweight was a smart idea for his career—and hasn't looked back since.

Jabouin is undefeated as a bantamweight going 3-0 against tough competition in Ian Loveland, Walel Watson and Jeff Houghland respectively.

Jabouin is a powerful and accurate striker, but some people have questioned if he has more tricks up his sleeve.

His striking is his greatest strength. He always throws a high volume of strikes and is extremely technical. But can his striking alone make him a serious bantamweight threat?

As good as his striking is, this is Mixed Martial Arts. To make it far you need to have a little bit of everything.

Jabouin's bread and butter is his striking game. He doesn't have a wrestling base, and his take down defense is at times suspect. if there is one area above all the rest he needs to work on, it would be his submission defence.

Throughout his career he has lost three fights by submission—although one was because of elbows.

When Jabouin is dragged to the ground he has trouble.

When his opponents begin to start a grappling match with him, he has trouble defending the attempt and getting back to his feet.

Make no mistake I am a fan of the Haitain-Canadian.

Striking wise he could contend with any fighter in the bantamweight division. If his wrestling and submissions catch up with his striking, he will be an even bigger threat.

Jabouin needs to work on his wrestling and submissions for him to be considered a top flight bantamweight. He can't be considered a true mixed martial arts threat until his other skills develop a bit more.

But when that day comes look out bantamweights, because Yves "Tiger" Jabouin will be waiting.

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