Last Updated on 4 May 2022 8:18 am (UK Time)
Just a few days have handed for the reason that UFC’s newest combat evening by which the quantity 5 ranked bantamweight Rob Font headlined the primary occasion towards quantity 8 ranked Chito Vera. it was a fantastic combat by which Vera basically battered Font in a peaceful and calculated efficiency in a win that took the Ecuadorian to fifth within the bantamweight rankings taking Font’s quantity. This loss was Font’s second in a row leaving him in a peculiar place this one was significantly worst than the primary as a result of failed weight lower and dropping to a lower-ranked fighter leaving one to marvel what’s subsequent for Rob Font?
While I imagine Rob Font is in a bizarre state of affairs I do need to make clear that the person has not misplaced any actual skill when it comes to his personal skill to combat his displaying on Saturday evening was in no way a poor efficiency Font’s putting regarded good with him touchdown extra vital strikes than Vera even setting a brand new UFC document for vital and whole strikes landed and tried in a combat within the bantamweight division in a combat which additionally had essentially the most mixed strikes in a UFC combat which didn’t contain former featherweight champion, Max Holloway.
The difficulty with Rob Font will not be that his combating skill has essentially declined however merely that along with his present ability set and sturdiness he more than likely doesn’t beat anyone within the present high 5. Font is an incredible boxer whose talents obtained him the quantity 5 rank in his division however has just lately proven a deadly weak point for any fighter which is an lack of ability to get better from a tough shot. The Aldo combat was the place this downside was firstly totally on show and just lately the identical downside was seen towards Vera.
In his fights towards Aldo and Vera Font encountered the identical dilemma his output was good for almost all of the spherical, significantly within the early rounds however the energy and number of pictures coming again at him was an excessive amount of to deal with making him lose these rounds. Font primarily a boxer does the vast majority of his offense on the toes but doesn’t seem to have the strongest of fingers and it is a huge downside particularly for a fighter like Font when you find yourself not capable of take a punch properly as in case you are always in a state of survival you can’t get your offense off and rating factors or accumulate injury towards your opponent for a possible stoppage.
An lack of ability to take a shot is an issue in any division however particularly within the bantamweight division the place the highest 5 together with Vera are all extraordinarily harmful strikers with devastating energy and flexibility in not solely their putting however total recreation. Currently, it might not be a stretch to say Font couldn’t compete with any of them and has reached his ceiling. This will not be a blight on the 34-year-old however merely the present actuality until we see some huge enchancment from the New England native in his subsequent showings.
I feel the subsequent step for Font after an honest lay off must be a combat towards a man ranked decrease than him like Song Yadong or Dominick Cruz earlier than making an attempt to combat these larger than him to see the place he’s at because the injury taken during the last two fights have been vital.