UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland Prelims- Philip Rowe vs Orion Cosce: Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/30/2021, 12:39 PM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland has an exciting welterweight clash in its preliminary card as Philip Rowe battles against Orion Cosce. This will be an exciting clash as both the fighters will try making a mark in a division that is full of talented fighters.

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Rowe will try to make a comeback after suffering a defeat in his last match against Gabe Green at UFC 258: Usman vs Burns via unanimous decision. Prior to that, he had a 7 fight winning streak. His career record stands at 7 wins and 3 losses. Out of those wins, 3 have come via KO/TKO, and 4 via submissions.

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He entered the UFC scene with a win over Leon Shabazyan at the Dana White Contenders Series. Prior to that, he was cutting his teeth in various other promotions.

Meanwhile, ‘Galaxy’ Cosce is coming on the back of a win over Matt Dixon at the Dana White Contender Series staged in 2020. He will make his UFC Fight Night debut and would look to make a mark straightaway.

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His career so far has seen him pick up 7 wins out of 7 matches. Just like Rowe, he too has cut his teeth for various local promotions before making his debut for UFC. Out of his 7 wins, 6 have come via KO/TKO, and 1 via submission.

Philip Rowe vs Orion Cosce- analysis

If we compare their physical stats, Rowe measures 6′ 3″ in height and has a reach of 80″. Meanwhile, Orion measures way less at 5’11” has a significant 9″ disadvantage in reach. His reach stands at 71″.

If we compare their career stats, Rowe lands 4.99 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 60%. He has a significant striking absorption of 5.34 per minute with a defense rate of 51%. Orion lands 4.56 shots with an accuracy of 62%. His striking absorption stands at 1.97 per minute with a rate of 56%.

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Rowe has an average takedown of 1.19 per 15 minutes with 33% accuracy compared to Orion’s 1.02 with 100% accuracy. The former has a takedown defense of 25% compared to the latter’s 70%.

Though Cosce isn’t a finished product, he has the perfect arsenal to win this fight. Although Rowe has massive height and reach to his advantage, he is vulnerable to constant pressure. This could be a shot in hand for Cosce to exploit.

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Unlike his go-to escape thing against Green, where he used takedowns to bail out, Cosce offers him no breathing space in the wrestling division too. Even if Cosce couldn’t manage an early finish, he will still haunt Rowe with a possibility of sudden jabs to his chin. In the end, Cosce will grind towards a decision win.

Final Prediction: Cosce via unanimous decision

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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