In this match you have a proven UFC veteran Matt Wiman looking to avoid the title of gatekeeper. He will have to beat a young gun, Paul Sass to do so however. Wiman takes on the triangle choke assassin, Sass. The fight is designed to see who is ready to take on a top 10 fighter in the UFC lightweight division. A win for either fighter will make them a legitimate threat, with the right to call for an opponent with name-value. The problem is only one can make the journey, and who will it be?
Paul Sass is a dangerous fighter, but we have not seen a ton out of him. With his three combined UFC fights all under ten minutes combined, and only one fight lasting all three rounds, he is a real question mark in terms of ability. His striking is a big question mark since 12 of his 13 wins have come by submission, and three of those are by heel hook – the other nine by his signature triangle. Eventually Sass will probably face a fighter who he won’t be able to get to the ground, but is Wiman that fighter?
That is not saying that Matt is a slouch on the ground. In fact he has 4 submission wins, and has never been submitted in his career. He also has the hands to knock people out, as he’s proven in the past. He will need to use his wrestling to keep it standing, but this may turn out to be a case of Rousimar and Belcher ,where if Wiman can avoid the submissions then he can knockout Sass.
The Bottom Line:
Sass has shown an amazing ability to pull people into his game, but Wiman is smarter than that. Wiman pulls it off, but barely taking a split decision in a fight that will only make Sass a better fighter.