33-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 22-8-0
July 6, 2018 Matt Bessette News
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Bessette lost Steven Peterson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at the TUF 27 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.
Early in the fight, it looked like Bessette was going to run away with this fight due to his grappling. He threw in combinations, which gave Peterson a lot of trouble. However, Peterson went to his wrestling and grappling, and that proved to be the difference. Peterson held the back for long periods in rounds two and three. That was enough to sway the judges.
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Fantasy AnalysisMaking your UFC debut on a little over a week's notice is a tough spot for anyone to be in, but Bessette isn't going to beat anyone on the UFC roster unless he improves his takedown defense. He more than held his own on the feet, but he also allowed Barzola to connect on five of nine takedown attempts. That simply isn't going to get the job done in the best fighting organization in the world. Bessette is going to get another shot with the company, next time with a full training camp under his belt, but he will have to be better if he wants to see a third fight.
Fantasy AnalysisBessette will be making his UFC debut after competing in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series this past summer. During that fight, the 33-year-old took on Kurt Holobaugh, which resulted in a no-contest. Overall, he comes in with a 22-7 career record, and won seven fights prior to his bout against Holobaugh. On the flip side, Barzola is a proven fighter within the Octagon, and has won two fights in a row against Chris Avila and Gabriel Benitez, both as unanimous decisions.