Saturday, 7 January 2012

Leo Gloss vs Demarte Pena fight preview EFC 10

With EFC 10 drawing ever closer, the questions pertaining to the headline fights and fighters begin to be raised with increasing frequency. Such is the atmosphere surrounding title fights... it is what makes the great. The very nature of a title fight is conducive to questions as they inevitably have two proven athletes who step into the cage with momentum stacked in their favour. This title fight is no different, as the fighters have lost but two fights in their combined professional MMA careers and collectively boast a 6 fight winning streak.

King Leo Gloss
To say Gloss in an experienced fighter is an extraordinary understatement. Not only has the King got a lifetime of amateur boxing behind his name, but has rattled up an impressive MMA record (8-2) since his debut in 2009. He has almost fought in almost every EFC Africa event and is a name synonymous with the production.
Leo Gloss’ boxing pedigree has made him a formidable foe in the hexagon whilst the fight remains standing, but a big question mark has loomed over the Edenvale native when taken to the ground. His hard work in this discipline became evident in his latest battle with Charlie Weyer, where, not only did Gloss look solid defensively, he also landed shots from the bottom characteristic of a fighter confident on his back. Gloss has shown a remarkable grasp for the sport and continues to improve with each appearance inside the cage.

Demarte Pena
A relative newcomer to the world of professional MMA, at 21 years of age and with but two professional fights under his belt, Demarte Pena brings an element of the unknown to September’s title fight. Pena’s last fight against Jean-Luc Kazadi elevated his status in the division, as he outpointed the highly regarded featherweight and proved comfortable both on his feet and on the ground.

Both fighters have a solid skill set and fantastic conditioning. This fight has all the makings of a long, gruelling war. I believe the fight will come down to who handles the pressure better on the night. History has shown that experience counts when it comes to big fights and I must put my check-mark next to the veteran King Leo Gloss to take the victory via TKO in the fourth.


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