Brian Kelleher vs Domingo Pilarte Analysis and Prediction

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Brian Kelleher vs Domingo Pilarte Analysis and Prediction

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Brian Kelleher (22-12) vs Domingo Pilarte (8-2)

Bantamweight (135)

Brian Kelleher

Well, I finally got my desired Simon vs Kelleher match-up and it didn’t disappoint. Brian Kelleher will never rise high in the rankings, but he carries firepower in both hands and is more than willing to take risks to secure the W. Carrying almost the entirety of the prelims on his back, it’s a shame this is such a huge step back from Simon. Naked shots on Kelleher are punished with a viper-like guillotine, often forcing less established wrestlers to engage on the feet.

Domingo Pilarte

A towering 6’0″ frame comes with an 8″ reach advantage. Why then, does Pilarte opt for the Struve approach and fail to fully utilise his jab. A southpaw jab of 74″ at Bantamweight is freakish, and although Pilarte is a solid grappler, especially when considering his awkward frame, he desperately needs to make the most of his natural frame. Pilarte may find an early submission against an opponent who takes a while to wake up, but it is more likely that Kelleher is simply too many levels above Pilarte at this point in their respective careers.

Predicted Result: Kelleher TKO Round 2

Brian Kelleher will never rise high in the rankings, but he carries firepower in both hands and is more than willing to take risks to secure the W. A southpaw jab of 74″ at Bantamweight is freakish, and although Pilarte is a solid grappler, especially when considering his awkward frame, he desperately needs to make the most of his natural frame. Pilarte may find an early submission against an opponent who takes a while to wake up, but it is more likely that Kelleher is simply too much too soon for Pilarte.

Not every fighter has to be the champ to be loved by fans, no more is that evident than in Brian Kelleher's case | Kelleher vs Pilarte
Not every fighter has to be the champ to be loved by fans, no more is that evident than in Brian Kelleher’s case | Kelleher vs Pilarte

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