26-Year-Old UFC Bantamweight 11-4-0
May 1, 2018 Justin Scoggins News
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Scoggins (spine) will face the debuting Said Nurmagomedov in flyweight matchup at UFC Boise on July 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
Scoggins will step into the octagon in July for his first fight in over a full calendar year. He had been scheduled to face Tim Elliot in September, but suffered a spinal process fracture that led to over six months on the shelf. Now presumably healthy, he'll draw a 26-year-old newcomer from the MMA hotbed of Dagestan. Scoggins will need a convincing victory to get back on track following two consecutive losses, and even though Nurmagomedov is a newcomer, there are multiple established UFC fighters that have previously fought under the Absolute Championship Berkut banner. It's a risky fight for Scoggins, who needs a win to get back into the 125-pound rankings.
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Fantasy AnalysisScoggins was set to take on Elliott at UFC on Fox 26, but has suffered a spinal process fracture that has forced his withdrawal. The fighter will sit out without activity for at least four to six weeks. He has been replaced by UFC newcomer Pietro Menga.
Fantasy AnalysisScoggins has struggled since defeating upcoming title challenger Ray Borg in Feb. of 2016. Since then, he suffered an injury that forced him to withdraw, failed to make weight, and then lost two consecutive fights. Elliot, since losing in five rounds to Demetrious Johnson during a title fight, is 1-1.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a crushing, sudden loss that has Scoggins questioning what is next for him. He easily won Round 1 and was dominating Round 2 before he got sloppy. Scoggins allowed Sasaki to take his back and clamp in the RNC that ended the fight. Viewed as one of the brighter prospects in the flyweight division not all that long ago, the 25-year-old Scoggins is now 2-4 in his last six fights. His future remains murky, at best.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter being forced to withdraw from a July flyweight fight with Ian McCall after suffering issues during his weight cut, Scoggins moved up to bantamweight for Saturday's contest. His 135-pound debut started off well. Scoggins landed multiple combinations in Round 1 and appeared to be the far quicker of the two men. In Round 2 he slipped as he attempted to throw and kick and Munhoz quickly clamped on the guillotine that ended the fight. The 25-year-old Scoggins was a very intriguing prospect when he was fighting at flyweight, but he is far less interesting at bantamweight.
Fantasy AnalysisAccording to the report, Scoggins was reportedly dropped from Saturday's card due to issues with cutting weight. UFC has yet to announce his replacement, but finding an in-shape fighter this close to the bout could prove to be an issue. It's unclear when Scoggins will return to the octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisScoggins is 4-2 in the UFC and is coming off his best performance to date: a unanimous decision over Ray Borg in February. Everything that Scoggins does offensively is based off of his wrestling game. His combinations on the feet are a result of the constant threat of a takedown. It seems highly doubtful that Scoggins will go away from his wrestling-based attack, but McCall have exhibited terrific takedown defense throughout his entire UFC career. McCall is one of the most under-appreciated and highly respected 125-pounders in the world, so this is a huge fight for the young Scoggins.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a dominating performance from Scoggins. He got the better of the striking exchanges between the two men and he racked up well over a round's worth of top-control time. Scoggins had become a bit of a forgotten man in the UFC flyweight division, but he is still just 23-years of age and he possess all the tools to make a run at the top-five in what is a thin division. Scoggins is going to get a well known fighter in his next bout.
Fantasy AnalysisScoggins slowed considerably as the fight went on but he still had more than enough to handle Sampo. He landed a ton of leg kicks and was in control throughout the bout. It was a nice bounce back performance for Scoggins after two straight losses to John Moraga and Dustin Ortiz. Scoggins is just 23-years-old and he still has a ton of long-term potential.