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Tim Welch to face Ran Weathers at ICF 15

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UFC veteran Ran Weathers of New Mexico faces Bellator vet Tim Welch of Montana on Aug. 22 at  ICF 15. Courtesy photo
Ran Weathers of New Mexico faces Bellator vet Tim Welch of Montana on Aug. 22 at ICF 15. Courtesy photo
Tim Welch
Tim Welch

Cory Smith, CEO of 221 Industries, announced via Facebook this morning that Bellator veteran fighter and Montana native Tim Welch will face Ultimate Fighter contestant Ran Weathers at ICF 15, set for Aug. 22.

Weathers, according to Sherdog.com, has a record of 17-16 in his professional career. His last three fights include a win over Chris Cain and a loss against Muhsin Corbbrey and D’Juan Owens.

He is 5’10” and weighs 145 pounds and is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In a 2010 interview with “The Post and Courier” in South Carolina, Billy Stamp talked about the prospect of facing Weathers, saying,

Ran likes to get his opponents on the ground and look for a submission hold,” Stamp said. “I’m more of a striker, so I want to be on my feet as much as possible. I can go to the ground and still win, but my best chance to come out of there with a win is to stay on my feet as long as possible.”

Weathers is primarily a Brazilian jiu-jitsu style fighter, or BJJ, meaning it, “is an art based in ground fighting. Along with this, it teaches takedowns, takedown defense, ground control, and especially submissions. Submissions refer to holds that either cut off an opponent’s air supply (chokes) or look to take advantage of a joint (such as armbars).” according to this article.

Welch, by contrast, seems to be more of a stand-up and takedown type fighter, as evidenced in this video featuring some of his highlights.

Welch also is  a comfortable submission technician, too, as he has six wins by submission and has a background in wrestling. He might prefer to be on his feet at times, but when he’s on the ground he can be just as lethal, too.

These two styles should make for an intriguing match in that it could turn into a fight over who sets the pace and controls what kind of fight it turns out to be.

It also should be noted that Welch is bigger and taller than Weathers at 6’0″ and 155 pounds. That doesn’t always mean much, but it’s certainly something to pay attention to.

Now that the match-up is set, what do you think? Do you think Welch will be able to control the flow of the fight and win easily, or could Weathers get Tim on the ground and take command early?

Leave me a comment below!

Also, be sure to check www.221industries.com for more information about the fights, or visit the event Facebook page here.

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