Mullarkey vs Togo Headlines UFN 15

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UFN 15 Is Bringing the Heat This Weekend

It’s championship Saturday at UFN 15 where Josh Togo and Jamie Mullarkey will vie for promotional primacy. The lightweight belt is what’s at stake this weekend, but Togo isn’t planning on putting it up for too long.

The champ is attempting to defend his title for the first time since winning it back at UFN 12. That night was a spectacular one, but it must be put aside in favor of what’s ahead. This is how dominant champions are made. By defeating the very best in a division of sharks.

The latest predator lurking in shallow waters…. Jamie Mullarkey and his loaded bag of tricks.

The former BRACE champion sits on a resume chock full of first round finishes and dominant performances. He hopes to continue that run this Saturday in a fantastic main event.

UFN 15 is the card to watch this weekend and it’s headlining feature should put chills down your spine.

The Champ Is Here

Josh Togo will step into the cage, title in tow, with the hopes of taking down one of the best fighters in Australia.

The fight represents a tremendous opportunity for Togo, who has faced many of the top rising contenders, to compete against a man at the pinnacle of the regional scene. But all that nonsense means very little. It’s not about what you’ve done, it’s about what you will do. For Togo, he will put on the fight of a lifetime this weekend.

What does he bring to the table against Mullarkey? A whole damn lot.

Togo is a dynamic and creative striker who efforts to keep the fight at distance with an active lead leg and long-range attacks. He’s good with dispatching the left hand in short order; especially when used on the counter. His jab is long and his willingness to engage moving forward or backward makes him dangerous at any point during the contest. But against Mullarkey, he’ll need more than the scintillating striking showcases he’s put on thus far. Fortunately, he’s covered there as well.

On the ground, he’s skilled. In a close loss to Jackson Small, we got a taste of his active guard and aggressive bottom game. His high guard broke Small’s posture and allowed him to mount more offense than his top controlling foe. Against Marcus McKeever, his takedown defense was tested from the opening bell and it stood the test. And offensively his wrestling is rarely used; though when takedowns are enforced, Togo has excellent timing on the shots and demonstrates a plus finishing rate.

All this must be in play at UFN 15 if Togo wants to keep that title secure.

And New?

Though his career has hit a bit of a rough patch lately, Jamie Mullarkey is still widely considered one of the best fighters in Australia. Now, he’ll get his chance to prove it once more.

In his last bout with Jesse Medina at BRACE 51, Mullarkey was tested but passed with flying colors. After being put on his back and having to escape a wicked armbar, Mullarkey began stuffing his attacks and launching some of his own. The third round TKO finish marked his return as in-the-books, but not quite complete.

In order to truly be back, it seems the multi-time Australian champion must claim a belt once more. He knows how to accomplish such a task, but because of his relative inactivity in MMA and his 1-2 stretch, the tires must be kicked this Saturday.

He got stopped by Alex Volkanovski and Luke Catubig, but prior to those run-ins, Mullarkey was dominant. A 9-0 run began his career and found several finishes along the way. His submissions over Greg Criticos and Stefan Rosa demonstrated the danger he presents once on the mat.

But when you boil it down, Jamie Mullarkey is a head hunter. Against Issac Hardman, a dangerous striker poised for the big show, he landed a straight that wobbled him and an uppercut that sent him crashing to the canvas. The right hand is lethal an could be the largest threat to Togo’s crown. Can he find the space needed to land it? I guess we’ll see.

This Isn’t the Fight To Miss

Listen, I understand it’s hard to catch every fight.

Even the most dedicated of Aussie MMA fans must miss a scrap or two. But this main event at UFN 15 is surely not the one to pass up. Josh Togo and Jamie Mullarkey are gonna stand toe to toe and decide who walks out of that cage, ‘King of the Lightweights’.

I suspect this will be largely played out on the feet, but as we’ve seen with both men; if a big shot lands, they’re following it to the floor. From there, we could have some very interesting exchanges on the ground between a punishing ground and pound menace and a tricky guard player. Exciting times ahead.

It all goes down this Saturday at the Whitlam Centre.

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