Roufusport welterweight Pascal “Panzer” Krauss (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is set to face off against Hyun Gyu Lim (15-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) of South Korea this Saturday at UFC 164 in Milwaukee. The German mixed martial artist entered the UFC with a bang earning fight of the night honors in a decision victory over Mark Scanlon. While the fighter was not able to continue his nine-fight finishing streak, “Panzer” certainly put on a show for the home town crowd at UFC 122 in Germany. His opponent Lim was also successful in his UFC debut, knocking out Brazilian Marcelo Guimaraes with a knee to the head followed up by some ruthless ground and pound.
Krauss is trained by kickboxing legend Duke Roufus and is a teammate of Anthony Pettis, the lightweight contender headlining this UFC 164 card. After missing all of 2011 due to injuries he made his return in 2012 against John Hathaway where he was beaten for the first time in his career by unanimous decision. Eight months later he made his way back to the winning column by putting on a dominant performance against Mike Stumpf in January. The former welterweight champion of U.K.-based Cage Warriors Fighting Championships has finished all but three opponents in his 13 fight career and is looking to win decisively in his fourth and last fight on his UFC contract to earn an extension.
His opponent, South Korean mixed martial artist Lim fighting out of Korean Top Team, exploded into the UFC with a knockout of Guimaraes in March of this year. Much like Krauss, Lim has a very high finish rate when victorious meaning Joe Silva put together potential fireworks in this welterweight showdown. While his biggest buzz may have come from tapping UFC commentator Joe Rogan in training, Lim has faced talented fighters like Greg Soto and Lucio Linhares early in his fighting career and hasn’t lost since his M-1 Challengers debut back in 2009.
Both fighters are looking to build momentum in the UFC’s very stacked welterweight division, and unfortunately one prospect will have to have that momentum put on hold. Fortunately for fight fans, we have yet another “of the Night” contender as the two fighters have a combined finish rate of 86% when victorious, so look for a knockout or submission from either fighter. With both being well rounded the deciding factor could well be who is able to be first to the punch or if the fight continues to the later rounds – who can keep up their pace and push forward until the closing bell.
Prediction: Pascal Krauss def. Hyun Gyu Lim via submission in round 3.
While neither fighter has earned a third round finish in their professional careers, I believe that is about to change in this fight as the first two rounds will be very hard-fought and fatigue will set in for both fighters as they reach a third. Krauss has shown much better conditioning than Lim and his experience in the later rounds in the UFC will show in this fight. The first two rounds we will see a very high pace from both fighters. Krauss will look to circle away and utilize crisp combinations and closing those combinations with low kicks while Lim will look to close the distance with lateral movement to cut off Krauss, and then attempt clinch and dirty box with the German fighter. While his size will compliment his strategy, it will also effect the gas tank of Lim which Krauss will take advantage of and eventually sink in a submission in the third round after battering the legs of Lim limiting his mobility.