Sunday, March 01, 2009

WEC 39 Preview

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“Razor” Rob McCullough vs. Marcus Hicks

Former WEC lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough faces off with lightweight title challenger Marcus Hicks. Both fighters are coming off a loss and need a win to gain some momentum after an up and down 2008. These two like to bang it out on the feet, so expect them to trade some serious leather trying to regain some of their former glory.

McCullough is known for his technical kickboxing ability that enabled him to become the WEC lightweight champion. Hicks is no slouch on the feet either with a vaunted boxing ability that added to a solid ground game to garner a title shot. If the fight were to go to the ground, he would have a huge advantage over McCullough, who is still learning the ground game.

McCullough should have a slight edge on the feet because his is more versatile with his striking than Hicks, who tends to stick to boxing. McCullough will need to avoid the takedown and start picking apart Hicks with kicks and combinations, while ducking Hicks' hooks on the feet. For Hicks to win the fight, he’ll need to take it to the ground and lock on a submission. Whoever wins the fight will instantly put himself back into title contention.

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