UFC Vegas 32 – New Blood: Taekwondo to the rescue!

Amateur careers aren’t as prevalent or long in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as they are in boxing, but every now and then you’ll find a newcomer who took their time before stepping into the pros. . In this edition of “New Blood”, the series where I am increasingly frustrated with the search issues of Fight Pass and ESPN +, we take a look at an undefeated taekwondo scholar with an impressive tenure in the unpaid ranks.

Elise Roseau

Weight category: Straw weight/Fly weight
Age: 28
Summary: 4-0 (2 KO)
Notable victories: Hilarie rose, Jasmine Jasudavicius

Reed spent 5.5 years as an amateur before turning pro in 2019, amassing a 7-1 record with five finishes along the way. Although brief in comparison, her professional career has already seen her upset, undefeated, Jasmine Jasudavicius for the CFFC Strawweight Championship and make two successful defenses.

She replaces Priscila Cachoeira with approximately three weeks’ notice.

Reed sports a third degree black belt in taekwondo, manifested in his high-volume, heavy-kicking striking attack. She uses solid footwork to hunt down her opponents, as she has in her last two fights, or circle and separate them from a distance, as she did against Jasudavicius, who is focused on melee and the withdrawal. His boxing mainly involves long bursts of punches and crosses, which contain a surprising amount of power and can come from unexpected angles due to that aforementioned footwork.

When she’s really found her offensive rhythm, she’s something to see, pulling off some awesome combinations and sneaking in fancy tricks like a side kick with the same leg she just used to throw a roundhouse. She has a potentially serious problem with her strike, however: her footwork is her only defense. Low hands and a fairly static head, which she only really takes off the center line by throwing her right cross, leave her vulnerable to blocks and constant pressure once she runs out of room in the center. cage. Jasudavicius was very successful guiding her earlier in this fight, and it wasn’t until Reed landed enough right hands to keep her honest that she started to succeed.

Some of these problems arise in his struggle. Aside from throwing bare, catchable kicks, Reed has a nasty habit of trying to rack up damage while defending from eliminations instead of disengaging. She’ll stretch out or get caught under the hooks, then start trying to smash herself with hammer fists or elbows, allowing chain wrestlers capable enough to ultimately pull her down. This can certainly work in his favor; her elbows and punches from the top position are nasty, late-fight stuff, and she’s good enough to fight her way out of the mount. Other times, however, she may get stuck on her back on guard and lose her sleeve in the process.

I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate her thirst for violence or that it’s necessarily a bad long-term approach, just that she needs to beef up her withdrawal defense before she tries to fight like that.

Reed’s strike alone makes him a worthwhile addition to the list of straw weights. And if she can tighten up that defensive grappling, she can certainly make her way into the Top 15 before long.

Opponent: She climbs 10 pounds to face Sijara Eubanks, who is trying to get back to weight after mixed success at 135 pounds. Reed is clearly the better striker, and if the weight reduction takes its toll on Eubanks, she has the skills to tire her out for the upset. These wrestling issues are just too glaring for me to compare her to a world class soil specialist, especially one who thinks he has a huge size advantage. As long as “Sarj” doesn’t destroy herself by trying to gain weight, she should be able to fight her way to victory.

Ribbon: His CFFC fights are on Fight Pass.

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