35-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 16-6-0
July 12, 2018 Alan Jouban News
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Jouban has been ruled out for his welterweight bout against Danny Roberts at UFC Hamburg due to an injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The exact injury Jouban is dealing with in unknown, but Roberts will now be without an opponent just 10 days before UFC Hamburg is set to begin. Jouban boasts a 7-4 record in the UFC and recently ended what was a two-fight losing streak when he beat Ben Saunders via KO back in February.
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Fantasy AnalysisJouban most recently put an end to a two-fight losing streak when he defeated Ben Saunders via KO in Round 2 of their fight at UFC on FOX 28 back in February. The 35-year-old American will now take his 7-4 UFC record to Germany to take on the 30-year-old Englishman in Roberts, who has just three losses on his MMA resume.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban gets hit far too much to be considered a true title contender in the UFC's welterweight division, but his power is undeniable. His aggressive style can work against him at times but that wasn't the case on Saturday. He continually pushed forward and threw countless kicks to keep the taller Saunders off balance. The game plan worked, and thus gave Jouban the opening to land the perfectly placed left hand that ended the fight. On the heels of back-to-back losses, it was a victory that the 36-year-old had to have. Now it's time for Jouban to string together some wins. A member of the UFC roster since August 2014, Jouban's longest win streak with the company is three fights. That's not going to get the job done.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban has been fighting with the UFC since 2014, but has recently hit a rough patch, dropping back-to-back bouts to Gunnar Nelson (Round 2 submission) and Niko Price (Round 1 TKO). He'll draw a fighter in Saunders that has been around the block, racking up 31 professional fights -- most of which have came under the UFC or Bellator banners. The two will help set the table for a main event featuring Yoel Romero and David Branch.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was another Round 1 finish. Jouban didn't really land any big punches, but was not in trouble until the last few moments of the fight. Niko Price is one of the biggest prospects in the welterweight division, and is known for his violence and the pressure he applies early in fights. Jouban dealt with it for a minute, but was countered when he tried to land a leg kick. He ate a huge right elbow from "The Hybrid," was hurt badly, and then finished with follow-up punches. This is a big loss for Jouban as it makes it two in a row. Just eight months ago Jouban was on a three-fight winning streak, and poised to get big fights in the UFC welterweight division. Now he is relegated to gate-keeper status until he can string together some wins.
Fantasy AnalysisTaking to Instagram on Tuesday, Jouban explained that he fractured his foot while sparring Friday and trained on it for three days before learning the extent of the injury. It's a disappointing development for the 35-year-old, who will likely have to set his sights for the fall at least until he can try to get his record back on track.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban will look to get back on track after losing his last bout to Gunnar Nelson at London's UFC Fight Night in March. Prior to that setback, he was in excellent form, winning his previous three fights and five out of the previous six. A comeback performance could also be in the cards because his opponent, Camozzi, has yet to taste victory since joining UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was a tough fight for Jouban. In the first round, Nelson showed that he was the better grappler. He scored a takedown and moved to mount. Jouban did not have any chance to escape. He came out in the second round and tried to land with a few wild combinations. Unfortunately this left him open for counters. Nelson landed a hard counter that wobbled Jouban. From there, Nelson locked in a guillotine choke and finished the fight. Jouban is an action fighter who will beat a lot of fighters in the UFC's welterweight division. However, he will struggled against most top-ten fighters.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban has rattled off three straight victories in the Octagon, and is 6-2 since entering the UFC in 2014. He has one common opponent with Nelson in Albert Tumenov, who defeated Jouban (TKO) in Oct. 2015, but lost to Nelson via submission (neck crank) last May. It's a good stylistic matchup for Jouban, who has never been submitted in his professional fighting career. On the other side of the cage, Nelson owns 11 career submissions (five in the UFC). Nelson has seen better competition than Jouban to date, despite the fact that he is six years younger. If Jouban can avoid Nelson's early submission attempts, there's a good chance this fight goes the distance -- "Brahma" has won unanimous decisions in back-to-back bouts.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban and his team deserve a ton of credit for switching up their game plan during the fight to help ensure victory. Both men were throwing bombs early on. Sensing the power that Perry has in his hands, Jouban began throwing more leg kicks to keep his opponents at distance and he threatened with a takedown here and there to impede Perry from constantly pushing forward. The end result was Perry's output dropping dramatically and Jouban winning virtually all of the striking exchanges over the final two rounds. Jouban has now won three-straight and he's 7-2 in nine career UFC fights. The issue for Jouban moving forward is at age-34, he could easily lose some of his quickness in the not so distant future.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban must have his injury checked and cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he will be out until January 2017. The welterweight prospect just defeated Belal Muhammad by decision at Fight Night 90. If he is cleared, he will be able to return by August 7.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban came out strong in this fight, knocking down Muhammad several times and dealing a ton of damage in the first two rounds. The third round was a different story, however. Muhammad displayed better conditioning in the final round, and potentially came within a few shots of a mind-blowing comeback victory. The first two rounds ended up being enough to secure the victory, though Muhammad isn't going anywhere any time soon. After the fight, Jouban claimed to have suffered a broken hand in the second round, which could be partially to blame for his fading performance. Had the fight been scheduled for five rounds, Muhammad would have likely rallied to victory, but Jouban did just enough to come out on top in this one.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban will take on an opponent who will be making his UFC debut, but certainly shouldn't sleep on Muhammad, as the 27-year-old is undefeated in his professional career. Jouban boasts a 13-4 record of his own, and should have the edge in experience and caliber of opponents. Four of those wins have came while fighting with the UFC (three knockouts), so a lengthier resume is quite possibly what's making him the favorite Thursday night.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban smashed O'Reilly with an assortment of power strikes and elbows and referee John Sharp finally mercifully stepped in and put a halt to the action. Jouban is now 4-2 in the UFC and his two defeats have come at the hands of Albert Tumenov and Warrley Alves, arguably the two brightest prospects in the UFC's 170-pound division. Jouban is very strong and very athletic, but his age (34) is working against him and he has come up short against better competition. As a fighter with limited MMA experience for his age, the UFC brass would be smart to push Jouban into one more big fight his next time out and see if he can keep up.
Fantasy AnalysisGetting hit a lot by Matt Dwyer is one thing, but Jouban couldn't handle the multiple power shots that Tumenov laid on him. Jouban has always been a guy who took a lot of punishment and that doesn't work against talented opponents like Tumenov. Jouban is a decent fighter, but it is a difficult to understand why a guy who has a contract as a Versace model continues to risk his livelihood (and his looks) by fighting stone-cold killers.
Fantasy AnalysisJouban is 3-1 in his UFC career, with his last bout being a unanimous decision win over Matt Dwyer on July 15 in San Diego. The key to Jouban's game is his Muay Thai skills. It should be a good fight against the underrated Tumenov.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a typical slow start for Jouban. He got dropped with a big shot in Round 1 and then referee Herb Dean took a point away after he hit Dwyer in the face with a knee while he was clearly down. However after that, he looked like a different fighter. He put continuous pressure on Dwyer and landed a ton of quality shots to the body. Jouban also landed one of the more entertaining cartwheel kicks that you will ever see at the end of Round 2. Jouban (-500) was the biggest favorite on the card coming into Wednesday night.