Steve Erceg vs Matt Schnell Prediction UFC Picks 3/2

Steve Erceg vs Matt Schnell Prediction UFC Picks 3/2

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UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev - Matt Schnell vs. Steve Erceg Preview and Prediction

Get ready for an electrifying showdown as Matt "Danger" Schnell faces off against Steve "Astroboy" Erceg at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev, scheduled to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV on March 2, 2024. This highly anticipated matchup pits two skilled flyweights against each other in a battle for supremacy. Let's analyze their profiles, recent performances to determinate our best bet for the fight.

 

Matt Schnell - Fortis MMA

  • Height/Weight: 5' 8", 126 lbs
  • Record: 16-7-0 (2 TKO, 9 SUB)
  • Team: Fortis MMA
  • Nickname: Danger
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Matt Schnell, also known as "Danger," is a crafty fighter with a strong submission game. With notable wins over Jordan Espinosa and Louis Smolka, Schnell has proven his ability to finish fights on the ground. His grappling prowess and slick transitions make him a threat to any opponent in the flyweight division.

Weaknesses:

Despite his submission acumen, Schnell has shown vulnerability to strikes in previous bouts. In his loss to Alexandre Pantoja, Schnell struggled to defend against powerful punches, leading to a TKO defeat. Against Erceg, Schnell must prioritize his striking defense and look to capitalize on opportunities to take the fight to the ground.

 

Steve Erceg - Wilkes Martial Arts

  • Height/Weight: 5' 8", 125 lbs
  • Record: 11-1-0 (1 TKO, 6 SUB)
  • Team: Wilkes Martial Arts
  • Nickname: Astroboy
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Steve Erceg, known as "Astroboy," is a versatile fighter with a diverse skill set. With victories over tough opponents like Alessandro Costa and David Dvorak, Erceg has showcased his ability to adapt to different styles. His well-rounded game and aggressive approach make him a formidable force in the flyweight division.

Weaknesses:

While Erceg possesses solid skills in all areas of MMA, he may face challenges against opponents with superior grappling abilities. In his loss to Sean Gauci, Erceg struggled to defend against takedowns and control the ground game. Against Schnell, Erceg must showcase improved grappling defense and utilize his striking to keep the fight standing.

 

Prediction:

In this exciting matchup, Steve Erceg holds the edge with his well-rounded skill set and momentum coming into the fight. With odds at -125 for Erceg to win by KO/TKO, DQ, or submission, expect him to capitalize on Schnell's vulnerabilities and secure a finish. Anticipate Erceg to apply relentless pressure and look for opportunities to land decisive strikes or secure a submission victory, potentially in the later rounds.

 

Pick: Steve Erceg by KO/TKO, DQ, or submission -125

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