Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at The Ultimate Fighter 21 competitor Sabah Homasi as he takes on welterweight veteran Tim Means at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sabah “The Punisher” Homasi Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida Age: 27 Height: 6’0” Reach: 72” Weight Class: Welterweight Camp: American Top Team Career Record: 11-5 Key Wins: Jorge Patino Key Losses: Carrington Banks Background A native Floridian, Homasi has been competing professionally since 2009. He’s competed in some of the biggest promotions in North America including Bellator, Strikeforce, and Titan FC. Homasi first was exposed to the UFC when he participated on TUF 21 losing in his opening bout against undefeated opponent Carrington Banks. Homasi enters the UFC on a three fight winning streak with all three victories by knockout. Strengths

  • Mixes his strikes well
  • Does well to land knees in the clinch
  • Puts power into nearly every strike
  • Clean footwork

Weaknesses

  • Can be neutralized on the ground by a decent wrestler
  • Hittable over the top by right handed fighters
  • Tends to throw singular strikes as opposed to combinations
  • Slows down as fight progresses

 

GradeHomasi

  Match-up against Tim Means American Top Team’s Sabah Homasi has a difficult UFC debut on the horizon against Tim Means. Both fighters do their best work in close range landing in the clinch. Means is taller, longer, and has more variety in his strikes. Homasi is certainly capable in the stand up as he possesses decent footwork and throws with conviction. The biggest issue for the debutant in this fight is his volume. He simply strikes most times with singular combinations, while his opponent is a strong combination striker. Means is a nasty striker and his advantage in volume I expect will cause Homasi real problems. Look for this to be competitive in the opening couple minutes, but once Means picks up the pace he will take over this fight and perhaps even score a finish midway through the fight. As I could see   UFC Ceiling Sabah Homasi comes from one of the best camps in MMA and already has a reasonably developed skill set. He’s fought decent competition in several well respected promotions. He still has some room to develop particularly in the grappling. The issue for Homasi moving forward is that while he’s a decent offensive fighter, he really doesn’t have a single skill set which can carry him against strong competition. If he’s unable to develop a particular strength in his game, I don’t see him lasting too long in the UFC.   Fight Film Check out Sabah Homasi in some of his most recent fights:   Sabah Homasi vs. Carrington Banks   Sabah Homasi vs. Derrick Kennington


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