Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fight Week Previews: McFedries vs. Foupa-Pokam

Drew McFedries (7-5) versus Xavier Foupa-Pokam (20-10)

Am I the only one thoroughly confused by this fight being on the Main Card?

While I understand it has KO of the Night potential written all over it, shouldn't it at least be relegated to the fifth spot in the order? Doesn't a former champion like Sean Sherk deserve to fight after these two?

Instead of breaking down this fight - which would take no time whatsoever - let's instead spend a little time wondering why Drew McFedries has a job with the UFC.

Does the guy have pictures of Dana White and a donkey or something? He's lost four of six and two in a row and truthfully, he hasn't beaten anyone of note. Sorry Jordan Radev, Marvin Eastman and Alessio Sakara fans, but you're fighters aren't really noteworthy.

Sure, the excitement value is there, as McFedries hasn't been outside of the first round in any of his UFC fights, but shouldn't it be more about coming away with good fights and strong results more than getting lit up early and often?


His opponent, the above pictured Xavier Foupa-Pokam was riding a seven fight winning streak heading into UFC 97 in Montreal where Denis Kang scored a unanimous decision victory. While "The Professor X" has more time spent inside the ring-slash-cage, he's winless against anyone that I have heard of, save for Kyacey Uscola.

Beating the bejesus out of a bunch of scrubs is one thing; when he's stepped into the ring with a known entity, he's lost to Martin Kampmann, Paul Daley, Ninja Rua and now Kang. Not that I see Drew McFedries being near the same level as those competitors, but at least he's been around the block a time or two.

Truthfully, this is going to be an explosive fight, simply because all Drew McFedries fights seem to be explosive. It won't get out of the first round and someone is going to get stopped.

Unfortunately, I really don't care which one of these guys ends up on his back and which one gets their hand raised.

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