MMA fans will be treated this coming weekend as top UFC bantamweights Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili head to battle it out at UFC Las Vegas. One of the more exciting bouts on the preliminary card is scheduled at middleweight between Sedriques Dumas and Josh Fremd. The event will take place at The Theatre, Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas on March 11.
As the next alumni from Dana White’s Contender Series, Sedriques makes his UFC debut this weekend with the intent to make a statement. The 27-year-old secured a contract by submitting Matej Penaz on the show. He looks forward to extending his perfect record to 8-0 this weekend.
Since making his debut in 2022, Josh ‘The Big Yinz’ Fremd has gone 0-2 in the promotion. His MMA record currently stands at 9-4, which means this upcoming bout could be a “make or break” moment for him as he faces the undefeated American prospect Sedriques ‘The Reaper’ Dumas.
|Stats||Sedriques Dumas||Josh Fremd|
|Height||1.87 m||1.93 m|
|Reach||200 cm||193 cm|
Sedriques Dumas vs Josh Fremd: Fight Breakdown
One of the overlooked things in this bout is that Josh Fremd is stepping in on a two-week notice. While his UFC record doesn’t look impressive, filling in on such a short period of time isn’t going to help his case of trying to rejuvenate his career in the biggest MMA promotion out there.
With a wrestling-heavy background, Josh has a really good chance of convincing the judges by attempting as many takedowns as possible, followed by strikes. The D-1 wrestler stands 1.93 m tall and has a takedown average of 0.72 landed per 15 minutes. If Josh stays out of pocket and swarms Dumas with takedown attempts, he has a chance to revive his career and get his very first win in the promotion.
Sedriques, on the other hand, has a clear advantage in reach as it stands at 200 cm over Josh Fremd’s 193 cm. Having an impressive boxing skillset, this stat will only do wonders for ‘The Reaper’. During his first fight in DWCS, Dumas was found to be really good at mixing the angles. He also showcased his surprisingly-good ground game as he secured a guillotine submission over his opponent in the first fight. It is safe to conclude that Dumas isn’t “just a striker”.
Per UFC stats, Dumas has landed 2.55 strikes per minute, while only absorbing 1.28 in return. So, if ‘The Reaper’ wants to win his promotional debut, he will really have to take advantage of his striking arsenal as long as the fight stays on the feet. And, will have to do so, all while trying to stuff the barrage of takedowns that Josh will be planning to attempt.