29-Year-Old UFC Middleweight 11-4-0
January 4, 2018 Jake Collier News
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Collier will not fight against Marcin Prachnio on Feb. 24 at UFC Orlando due to an undisclosed injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Collier was forced to withdraw from the scheduled bout due to "an injury that might require surgery." The UFC will search to find a new opponent to take his place in Orlando. Recently, Collier bested Marcel Fortuna via unanimous decision in Norfolk, Virginia, in November. There will likely be an update on Collier's status if he winds up undergoing surgery within the next few weeks.
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Fantasy AnalysisAs is the case in all of Collier's fights, it was an ugly, grinding affair. Albeit one that Collier deserved to win. He won the total strike battle by a count of 124-65 and he was able to stuff eight of nine takedown attempts from Fortuna. Collier is among the least athletic fighters in the company and there is no reason to believe he will suddenly get his act together at age 29, but he is tough and he can win a fight if you don't show up prepared to battle. "The Prototype" has alternated wins and losses in his six UFC bouts.
Fantasy AnalysisTo say Collier no-showed his fight on Saturday would be a massive understatement. He was a step (or two) behind Clark from the moment the opening bell rang and he never managed to recover. The fight got progressively worse for Collier as it went on. A below average athlete with no single elite skill, Collier is going to continue to struggle to win fights at the highest level.
Fantasy AnalysisCollier has split wins and losses in his first four fights in the UFC, but will take a similarly green fighter in Clark, who has fought just twice for the promotion. The 28-year-old Collier will likely enter as a slight favorite for the preliminary middleweight bout.
Fantasy AnalysisCollier appeared to win the first round with relative ease, at one point dropping Yang with a clean right hand. Collier ran into trouble on the ground in Round 2, however, as Yang dropped hammerfists on his opponent despite repeated leglock attempts. Collier would eventually turtle up under the pressure of Yang's ground-and-pound, resulting in his second loss with the UFC. Now sporting a 1-2 record with the promotion, Collier would require a complete career 180 to regain his prospect status.
Fantasy AnalysisCollier got the decision in a bout that was razor-close and could have gone either way. Both fighters landed some huge shots on the feet, with Collier winning the total strike battle by a count of 112-88. He looked good in his UFC debut back in December before getting caught and knocked out by Vitor Miranda. It was a very encouraging second bout with the promotion for Collier.