Brazilian MMA at its Best, Aspera FC 43: Junior “Baby” Albini vs. Jose Rodrigo “Dragao” Guelke (Heavyweight Title Fight) Rated One of Top 5 Fights of the Weekend by MMAMania – Live on GFL.Tv
Aspera FC is ranked as one of the top 10 promotions globally, thus it is hard to pick a fight that will not be competitive. The main event 265lb heavyweight title fight is between 2 highly ranked Brazilian warriors: Junior “Baby” Albini vs. Jose Rodrigo “Dragao” Guelke, ranked 4th and 26th, respectively. These fighters do not like each other. Check out the in ring announcement of this match up at AFC 42.
Albini holds the AFC heavyweight title as well as an eight fight winning streak dating back to 2013. During this streak he has finished all but one opponent. Guelke is a fighter who some feel is past his prime at age 30. He had retired in July 2012 with a record of 15-5, before coming back 3 weeks later to start a 6 fight losing streak that spanned the 11 months between August 2012 and July 2013.
Guelke seems to have regained his focus in 2014 and since that time has only lost once in a decision, whilst finishing 4 other opponents. Like many experienced MMA fighters, he has the wind to go the distance and the ability to win on the ground via TKO.
Both Albini and Guelke are solid well rounded fighters and to some extent well rested. Albini did not fight in 2015 due to several fight cancellations and Guelke has not fought yet in 2016. Guelke is the toughest opponent Albini has seen in a while. That said youth, a three inch height advantage, and an eight fight win streak will be hard to overcome. If Guelke is focused he can win. Go with the rankings, Albini by submission.
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