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UFC on Versus 6 Preview: Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman

Mac begins its preview of UFC on Versus 6 with a new take on our head-to-head breakdowns. Each day we’ll look at a different fight from Saturday’s main card, ending with the main event on Friday.

UFC on Versus 6 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C..

A bantamweight title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson will headline the card. The fight marks the first time a title fight will air free on TV since 2007’s UFC 75. While no announcement has been made yet about the preliminary fights, the fights will likely air on Facebook.

Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman

Keys for Danzig (Chris Leslie): In their first fight, Danzig was the victim of bad call that ended the fight. The sad part is that Danzig was actually playing it smart by maintaining position, staying calm, and waiting for Matt Wiman’s arms to tire. Unfortunately for him, the official mistakenly took his actions and Wiman’s words as Danzig being out and ended the fight. I doubt Danzig will allow himself to end up stuck in the same position again.

Both fighters like to box and wrestle. With that said, Danzig has the cleaner technique. In order for Danzig to win, he needs to try to keep this a clean fight by sticking and moving rather than being sucked into a brawl. Danzig usually makes mistakes when he is dragged into a brawl, so, the longer he keeps things technical the better off he will be. It may not be the most exciting fight but Danzig can always put Wiman away with powerful counter shots. With that said, the longer this fight goes, the more it favors Danzig.

Keys for Wiman (Bryan Robison): Well, all he has to do is somewhat choke MacDanzig, and he’ll win again, right? I assume lightning will not strike twice in this instance. Irony note: Wiman’s father survived being struck by lightning (true story)

Wiman has made strides since “defeating” Danzig at UFC 115. He has defeated Cole Miller and arguably defeated Dennis Siver in a very close decision at UFC 132. Meanwhile, Danzig has nursed a few injuries, and has only fought once, defeating Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 in December 2010.

Wiman still holds the same advantages he did over a year ago. He will be much stronger on the ground, and is already naturally stronger than Danzig. He was able to muscle Danzig down rather quickly in their first matchup. Wiman’s hand speed and counter-striking has improved a lot since his days on The Ultimate Fighter season 5. Concerning Danzig, since winning The Ultimate Fighter season 6, he has only three victories, with only one against a fighter still currently in the UFC (Mark Bocek).

Surprisingly, with Wiman’s grind-it-out style, he has only a .500 record in fights that go to a decision, with a 3-3 record to show for it. He is 4-1 in the UFC in bouts that do not go to a decision. Expect this one to be another quick finish (all but one of Wiman’s finishes occurred within the first round), or another 15 minute match. Imposing his will is going to be Wiman’s strategy, regardless.

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