“UFC Tonight” hosts Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts on the UFC Fight Night 75 main event during a recent episode.
Scheduled for five rounds from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Josh Barnett collides with Roy Nelson Saturday night.
“Josh doesn’t want to be on the outside where Roy’s right hand can get him. He wants to be on the inside,” Florian said. “He’s been busy on the submission circuit. He’s dangerous on the mat and that’s where he wants to get Roy.
“The knock on Nelson is his lack of evolution. He’s got to keep the right hand masked. All it takes is one strike from him to end the fight.”
Barnett, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has is 2-2 over his last four, including a December defeat vs. Travis Browne. Nelson holds just a 1-4 mark over his last five.
“Josh needs to not get hit by the right hand of Roy. He needs to push the pace of the fight, move forward, and push Roy up against fence and brutalize him with knees and elbows like he did with Frank Mir,” Bisping said. “Most of his finishes came from the clinch position. He finishes fights against the fence. He did that against Frank Mir.
“What Roy can’t get is predictable. If he just tries to throw the big right hand, Barnett is going to see it coming. Roy has to mix up his striking. I’m not sure he’s going to go for takedowns. But he has to mix his striking. His right hand and left hooks, to keep Josh at bay.”