30-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 13-4-0
February 18, 2018 Luke Jumeau News
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Jumeau was given a 180-day medical suspension following his decision victory over Daichi Abe at UFC 221, MMAFighting.com reports.
As is usual in these cases, Jumeau can book a fight earlier if a physician -- an orthopedist in this case -- gives him medical clearance. The 30-year-old is 2-1 under the UFC banner, but appears unlikely to affect the title picture in the 170-pound division at any point in the immediate future.
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Fantasy AnalysisAs was the case in his first two UFC bouts, it was a struggle for Jumeau in his attempt to see the final bell. He got off to a very slow start before he was able to keep Abe at bay over the final ten minutes. Jumeau didn't land all that much offense in his own right during the final two rounds but he deserved to win. The 29-year-old is now 2-1 with the company but he has shown no ability to really damage his opposition and it's highly unlikely that he will ever have meaningful fights in the UFC's 170-pound division.
Fantasy AnalysisJumeau is coming off a disheartening loss to Shinsho Anzai at UFC Fight Night 117 in a unanimous decision, otherwise he had won seven consecutive fights previously. His upcoming opponent, Abe, should provide a challenge, since Abe remains undefeated after six contests to date.
Fantasy AnalysisJumeau came ready to fight, but he was forced to be on his back foot throughout the fight. Anzai constantly walked forward and threatened with takedowns. Jumeau did a good job of defending the takedowns for the majority of the fight, but gave up a key takedown in the second round which certainly cost him the round. Towards the end of the second, Jumeau started to find a home for his right uppercut and continued that into the third. "The Jedi" showed great takedown defense in the third, and was even able to reverse the attempts into top position in some situations. However, he needed a finish in the third but was not able to take advantage of the opportunity to take Anzai's back toward the end of the third round. This is Jumeau's first loss in the UFC and he will undoubtedly come back a better fighter.
Fantasy AnalysisQuite a moment for Jumeau in front of his family and friends. It took him five or six minutes to find his range, but he was the far better fighter over the final two rounds. He clipped Steele with countless combinations, the best being midway through Round 3. There is a decent chance this will go down as the highlight of Jumeau's UFC career, but he will be able to tell his grandkids that he won his company debut in his hometown.
Fantasy AnalysisJumeau will make his UFC debut against Dominique Steele with an 11-3 career record. He will enter the cage on a win streak of six, four of which were KO/TKOs. The New Zealander will be a good challenge for Steele, who is coming off two straight losses.