Syn Middleweight Mania round 2 preview
Nolan Sackett "Candy Man" Dean Corll
Both guys didn't have an easy fight in the first round at all, altough nobody had one. Nolan Sackett got dominated for nearly the entire 5 rounds, until he landed a big right hand with just seconds left on the clock. He took full advantage of it and (t)KO'd Hessler before the final bell. Impressive KO and a clear signal that the fight is never over until the final bell rings.
Dean Corll on the other hand faced of against Riccuito in the first round of the tournament and had to work hard to get the win. He took home the win after a close judges decision. A win over JLP his guy is no joke, so great start to the tournament.
Nolan Sackett is part of the famous Sackett -family, raised by the grandmaster himself, Barn Sackett. He has dominated 185lbs and 205lbs pretty much since the start of his career. He is known for his huge KO power as he has finished his opponent in 19 of his 23 wins. Some call his power insane, what is a fitting name, as he is a legend of the famous former fight org 'Insanity'. He is an 11 (!!!) -time Insanity champion and an absolute legend. He is also famous for winning the mad cash tournament, so a clear sign there that he can fight a good tournament for sure. His 23-3-0 is very impressive, but he will have to be very alert against his next opponent, as he only survived the first round of the tournament by landing a huge punch. Until that point, he was losing the fight.
Dean Corll has only one home, the 185lbs division. His entire career so far has been at this weight and it's clear that it's a good fit. He has won the MMA Helsinki belt multiple times before he came to Syn. He has had some great wins, but hasn't been able to put on a long enough winning streak yet to have been a top contender. This tournament might be his golden opportunity. His win in the first round of the tournament showed that he is ready for it and that he can go far. Just like Nolan Sackett, he has a lot of KO power and is not afraid to use it. He is a world class boxer who likes to hit people in the face and see them go down one by one. THe thing most don't realise when they see him fight, is that he is an elite wrestler as well, something that can be a big plus in a fight of this calibre.
It's hard to see who will win this one, as both can end the fight with one good punch. Corll and Sackett have great managers who will come up with a great gameplan for the fight, so it will come down to who has the best plan. If I really had to be on one guy, I would probably think that Nolan Sackett will advance to the semi-final, but it's just based on gut-feeling and I wouldn't bet any real money on it, that's for sure.