In the first fight at UFC 174 will face debuting in the organization and strongly anonymous Canadian Jason Saggo (9-1, 0-0 UFC) with American Josh Shockley (11-2, 0-0 UFC).
Saggo not defeated anyone with a recognized brand, but beat Stephen Beaumont, who was then 7-1 record does not look too bad. The most famous player, with which he fought was, however, Canadian Jesse Ronson, with whom he lost by split decision judge what you have to save him considerable plus, because despite two defeats in the UFC Ronson is a solid player.
Shockley has a little more experience, I fought a four-to-head in Bellatorze (2-2 record). Trained, among others, Eddie Wineland and Darren Elkins 24-year-old can boast of a very good physical conditions (will be about 5 inches taller than Saggo), which may help him in the exchanges stójkowych.
Both players are primarily Grapplers. The stand-up lean slightly toward a little more poukładanemu Saggo that pretty well and very often copies. The very fact that it survived without major problems three rounds standing up with Ronson well of him shows - not to mention the fact that one of the judges saw his victory, and the fight itself could go in two directions (Saggo was there three times pounce). Shockley, in turn, quickly sought to overthrow. Both players do not seem particularly good wrestlers, but in the clinch Canadian shows (at least against the background of existing rivals) pretty good, AIW ground makes a very positive impression (brown belt), smoothly moving items and using it for this purpose, endangering the opponent poddaniami (omoplata levers on the legs) and a rubber guard when it is on the back.
Typing a duel of two novices in the Octagon is a difficult task. Apparently Shockley has more experience on the big stage, training in a better club, and will have the advantage of physical conditions, but I have a feeling, however, that Soggo have at this stage of his career, better cuts - both kickboxing and grapplingowe. For this fight Ronson showed that it has a good condition. 8 of 9 fights won by submission, and only two losses were the result of reciting Shockley, so ...