29-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 9-2-0
December 13, 2017 Emil Meek News
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Meek's welterweight matchup with Kamaru Usman has been rescheduled for UFC 220 on January 20 in Boston, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
Meek only has one UFC fight under his belt, but the 29-year-old Norwegian was one of the few willing to step up and face such a highly-regarded prospect in Usman. The fight, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 30, was in limbo for weeks due to visa issues, but now fight fans have a new date to look forward to. Meek represents a formidable challenge and boasts underrated submission skills, but Usman has more of a proven track record, which should land Meek as the betting underdog.
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Fantasy AnalysisMeek hasn't been back in the arena since December of 2016 after pulling out of his bout against Nordine Taleb in May due to an undisclosed injury. He appears to have fully recovered and is set to make his second appearance in the UFC after besting Jordan Mein via unanimous decision in Toronto last winter. On the other side, Usman comes into this fight with a perfect 6-0 record in the UFC, and a recent victory over Sergio Moraes in September.
Fantasy AnalysisMeek's second UFC fight was set against Nordine Taleb but due to an undisclosed injury, the promotion announced Tuesday that he will not be fighting in Stockholm. The injury sustained and his return date are not yet known. Taleb will now be facing newcomer Oliver Enkamp at the event.
Fantasy AnalysisMeek is a unique and intriguing personality, so the UFC brass is probably happy with this result. This fight was a slugfest in Round 1, in which Meek got the short end of the stick. Meek appeared to injure his ribs late in the round, so he switched up the game plan and went with a grinding-style of fighting to secure the judge's decision over the final two rounds. Meek hits hard, but he's reckless. It's entertaining to watch, although it figures to be a problem for him moving forward. Either way, it was a nice debut effort.
Fantasy AnalysisJust to be clear, Meek has not tested positive for a banned substance. Rather, he underwent some type of medical treatment that is on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list back when he was fighting for Venator FC. He did not specify exactly what type of treatment it was, and classified his removal as precautionary. The UFC's relationship with USADA is still less than a year old, and those same rules do not govern fighters of other promotions. As a result, there may be a transition period for a lot of fighters that end up crossing over. In Meek's case, he will need to open himself up to testing for four months before he can be scheduled for an official UFC bout. The UFC has yet to announce whether or not they will seek a new opponent for Jessie Ayari at the Sept. 3 event.