One of the most appealing aspects of mixed martial arts is that there is no “off-season”. There are fights going on every week without fail. From the huge promotions to the small promotions, there is always something for fight fans to enjoy.

Here at The MMA Corner, we will preview the best fight taking place this week, regardless of its placement during an event.

This week’s Fight of the Week is a preliminary bout in the welterweight division between top prospects Alan Jouban (12-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Albert Tumenov (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be heading south to the Toyota Center in Houston, to bring their fans UFC 192. The light heavyweight title will be on the line in the main event of one of the most stacked cards in recent memory.The fight that is guaranteed to get fans on their feet, however, is buried in the undercard. Jouban and Tumenov’s paths to stardom will cross on Saturday night, in a fight that will determine who makes that next step first.

Jouban may look like a male model (there were reports of him signing with Versace last year), but he is also an excellent young fighter in the biggest promotion in the world. Jouban has thrilled fans in his four octagon appearances thus far. Two of his fights won the “fight of the night” bonus, and his other win was a great first-round knockout over Richard Walsh. His striking is very pressure focused, doing his best work with his opponent’s back against the cage. He can be very flashy at times as well, as shown by his near-knockout of Matt Dwyer via cartwheel kick. His only loss came in a decision against Warlley Alves in which Jouban outstruck his opponent, 79-47. The only worrying aspect of Jouban is his susceptibility to get rocked. He was dangerously close to getting knocked out in his wins over Seth Baczynski and Matt Dwyer. He will have to shore up his defense in order to survive against the very powerful Albert Tumenov.

Tumenov is on a roll after losing his UFC debut against Ildemar Alcantara. Chalking up two first-round knockouts and a dominant decision win in his past three appearances. Tumenov throws with incredible power right from all four of his limbs, typically forcing his opponents to circle into his strikes. Ten of his twelve wins have come via knockout,  with nine of those ending within the first five minutes. His preferred strike is his thunderous left hook that he knocked out Anthony Lapsley with, but he also possesses incredible head kicks. Matt Dwyer fell victim to a pair of Tumenov’s vicious head kicks in their minute-long bout. The Russian was named a Master of Sport in boxing back in his home-country before joining the UFC, and he has lived up to that title thus far.

This fight should stay on the feet for the majority of its duration, setting the stage for an exciting back-and-forth battle. Both of these men are incredibly talented striking-wise, and are aggressive enough to the point that their striking should not cancel each other out. Left hooks will be the main course on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday in a fight that you do not want to miss.

About The Author

Danny Doherty
Staff Writer

Danny is a sophomore at Ithaca College looking to acquire a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Media. He has been an avid fan of mixed martial arts since watching the UFC’s 100 Greatest Fights special on Spike TV back in 2009. Shortly following UFC 100, Danny’s Saturdays, and most of his free time, became dedicated to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to writing for The MMA Corner, Danny works as a sports broadcaster and as a DJ for Ithaca College’s FM radio station, 92 WICB.