Although Alan Jouban has dropped consecutive fights for the first time in his career, the welterweight isn’t trying to reinvent the proverbial wheel, prior to his next fight.
Jouban is booked to take on Ben Saunders at UFC on FOX 28, which will go down on February 24th in Orlando, Florida. The fight will mark the first time Jouban has competed since last August, when he was quickly stopped by Niko Price. That loss followed a submission defeat to Gunnar Nelson, which took place in March, 2017.
Recently Jouban was a guest on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and the fighter admitted that last year was extremely tough on him. So much so, Jouban said it was “something that I never could have seen coming.”
But, in terms of his upcoming fight with Saunders, the 15-6 Jouban relayed this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I don’t think you’re going to see a new, reinvented Alan Jouban,” Jouban said. “I’m realistic. I’m 36 years old, I’ve been fighting for like 10 years. I know what I’m good at. I’m always working and polishing my strengths. But I’m not going to come out there and all of a sudden be a completely different fighter. But I am going to make adjustments that might have put the opponent away the previous time, but I missed it. I’m always making adjustments. I think you’re going to see a little bit more of the classic Alan Jouban than a new Alan Jouban.”
This make sense right? Often in MMA we hear fighters talk about the fact their game has ‘completely changed’ or that they’ve ‘reached a completely new level’, and they’re referring to a time frame of say, six months. Is it possible to improve in that time? Sure. But, for most athletes, there’s limits on how much you can evolve in a matter of months.
In addition, hearing these comments from Jouban also makes it sound like we can expect the aggressive fighter we’ve seen in his previous outings. In other words, it doesn’t look like “Brahma” intends to play it safe, although a third straight loss could lead to him getting cut.
Saunders, meanwhile, is coming off a stoppage loss to Peter Sobotta in May, after winning two straight.