Monday, 26 March 2012

Dino Bagattin vs Francois Kabulu EFC 13 fight preview

Dino Bagattin vs Francois Kabulu at EFC Africa 13 promises to be a violent affair. Both fighters have vicious stand-up skills and both men have a point to prove... the perfect recipe for an entertaining welterweight fight.

Dino “The Lion” Bagattin (8-2)

At EFC 12, Dino Bagattin suffered a major setback in his pursuit of the EFC Welterweight title when he lost to Michiel Opperman. Bagattin, who looked fluid and accurate trading on the feet, was submitted by Opperman in the second frame. The Loss was Bagattin’s first in two years. Undeterred however, the Lion will jump straight back into the Hexagon at EFC 13 and look to start his climb to the top once more.

Francois “The Frenchman” Kabulu (5-2)

Francois Kabulu has had a mixed bag of results in the EFC. The Frenchman holds wins over Ashley Calvert and Josh Muller, but has lost his last two bouts to Leon Mynhardt and Martin van Staden. Kabulu has shown impressive heart and an impressive chin to go with his solid stand-up skills.

Fighter Comparison

Both fighters are stand-up specialists with knock out power and a willingness to trade punches. Bagattin has the better pedigree and judging from their last few fights, should have the advantage standing.

Neither fighter has shown an affinity for the ground, and this is likely a domain which will be utilised scarcely in this MMA bout.

Being the older and more experienced fighter, Bagattin should have a slight mental edge in this fight. Kabulu does have the Cape Town home ground advantage and an iron will which may help to level the playing field.

Dino Bagattin vs Francois Kabulu Prediction

There is no doubt in my mind that this fight will take place predominantly on the feet. Francois Kabulu will likely push forward and throw his trademark bombs, while Bagattin will look to find his range and counter his somewhat wilder opponent. Such a bout could end with a single punch, but I believe Bagattin will keep his composure, use good movement and pick his shots to simply outbox Kabulu. After landing several shots throughout the fight, I believe Dino Bagattin with floor Kabulu in the second round to earn a TKO victory.


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