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Cody "No Love" Garbrandt vs. Tyler "The Daywalker" Saltsman:
The match up between Cody “No love” Garbrandt and Tyler “The Daywalker” Saltsman has enough heat on it that the sun called off for a few days. The backstory is similar to ones before it; Two ultra-tough, ultra-popular, ultra-talented fighters who rub each other the wrong way and are set for a collision course to settle their palpable differences. I have been interested in this match up since it’s inception a few months back and similar to vacation I can’t believe it’s actually happening this Saturday.
Neither fighter has been shy about their feelings towards their opponent Cody Garbrandt was quoted in a recent interview with this site
“Personally I dont like the "Daydreamer" and I am happy to get a chance to beat him up.”
Tyler shares similar feelings:
“He's the camper and I'm the counselor, I tell him when its time to shut the lights off.”
Even their respective nicknames took shrapnel:
“I feel extremely prepared for Cody “No Chance” Garbrandt.”
“Personally I dont like "the Daydreamer"
To kick off this prediction, I am going to borrow a quote from my friend Bedo Jones a fighting fan in every sense of the word:
"Cody Garbrandt verse Tyler Saltsman will be great no matter where it happens whether it be at the NAAFS, Cage of Chaos or on the steps of a church. Take a run at him Daywalker and try to put a little blood on the ceiling!”
Tyler Saltsman (5-1) is a Penn State student and wrestler who represents Team Titan in Central PA. Tyler has been working on all aspects of his game but has shown marked improvements in his striking abilities. Tyler has notable wins over Victor Guarreillo, Raymond Yanez in the NAAFS and is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Bhrandon Poindexter. Tyler’s only loss is to bantamweight boss Isaiah Chapman in a fight that forced Chapman to make a 3rd round goal line Stand.
Cody " No Love" Garbrandt (4-1) represents Strong Style Cleveland brasa and is a rising star in the NAAFS promotion. Cody is a standout wrestler from Ohio who also holds an undefeated record in amateur boxing (12-0). As you have guessed this combination of boxing and top notch wrestling makes Cody a very dangerous opponent. He recently dispatched Vic Guerillo in .36 seconds with a volley of stiff right uppercuts and left hooks that forced the referee rescue against the fence. Cody is a dangerous man from the jump and a agitated and antagonized "No Love" has yet to be seen.
As always, I will break down the variables of this matchup and come up with a educated prediction of who I think will walk away with the win. Without further ado:
Tyler’s claim to fame is his Division 1 wrestling Pedigree. He has used this tool to beat all of his fallen opponents and simply can't be ignored when breaking down the match up.
Cody has won the Ohio state wrestling title and although we haven't seen alot of No Love's wrestling, it is more than sufficient to control where the fight takes place. Cody prefers to fight on his his feet and uses his wrestling in reverse to stay upright.
Editor note: There has been some controversy surrounding Saltman's actual Penn State wrestling credentials, especially whether or not he actually competed on the starting lineup. So I dug around and found some videos here and here proving Tyler's history on the starting Penn State roster.
Edge: In my opinion, this is where the fight is won and lost. Based on past performances I would have to say that Saltsman has an edge in wrestling as far as takedowns and top control is concerned.
The key to Tyler's wrestling success is a few factors:
- He shoots off of a offensive or defensive movement which helps set up the takedown.
- He will shoot multiple times for the takedown and does not stop if the first shot is blocked.
- He shoots for the single leg first and then switches to the double leg to complete the takedown. This small and quick series of events aids in executing the takedown.
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Tyler Saltsman is learning the striking side of the game very quickly, which is evident in his previous match up with BP. He is learning to use the jab to set his punches up and his low kicks and knees are coming along very nicely. His head movement is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was in the Chapman fight and he is starting to put himself in position to land substantial strikes while on the feet.
No Love is a sharpshooter in every since of the term. He quickly sets his opponents up by judging their reactions to simple techniques such as a jab or a low kick, and then bombs their reaction. This is a tried and true approach that works at all levels. Cody also has strong footwork and an above average reaction time which helps him be able to "crack" or "sit down" on his attacks and that is what makes the difference between landing a punch and ending a fight. Cody's counter punching is masked by a forward offense, what does that mean? No Love is throwing stuff at you so that you are forced to react and when you do, he attacks based on what you do. Watch the Guerriello mauling again and it will be come clear that No Love is on the next level when it comes to ending fights via strikes.
Edge: No Love. As quickly as Saltsman is progressing, don't get it twisted, he does not want to be on the feet with Garbrandt trading punches in the pocket. Garbrandt is savvy in these type of situations and Saltsman is still a rookie in this department. The Keys to Garbrandt striking success revolve around a few factors:
- Confidence and patience, Cody is not gun shy and will stay in the pocket while looking for the fight ender.
- Strong counter punching instincts
- Cody has a great sense of range which helps him move to the striking zones faster, this tends to makes him more efficient than his opponent.
No Love and Saltsman have a mutual opponent in Victor Guareillo; The Daywalker busted up Victor over three rounds and Cody showed him the gate in .36 seconds.
The Daywalker's opponent's Win/Loss: 26-19
No Love's opponent's Win/Loss: 5-9
Edge: Because Saltsman has already squared up against the number one bantamweight in the division and his opponent's win/loss ratio I will give him a slight edge in the experience category.
This fight has all the tale tells signs of a dramatic ending if Tyler forgets that he wrestles and tries to punch with Garbrandt. No Love is a killer in the pocket and one would have to assume that he has only gotten better with his move to Strong Style. Although No Love hasn't fought the same level of competition Saltsman has, he has smashed his way through all 4 opponents. Tyler has the tendency to stay on his feet longer than he should and try to shoot it out, when the secret is that he would have better success wrestling first and then boxing. With this being said, if Tyler chooses to box with No Love, they may change his name to NightFall.
But the reality is Tyler has fought better competition, has a solid chin and will probably relentlessly shoot at No Love bell to bell. If the fight plays out as expected, with Saltsman targeting the single, Garbrandt will be forced to defend the shot rather than landing the strikes he needs to win. Even if he stops the takedowns attempts, No Love will be defending and not attacking. The attractive call is No Love keeps the fight standing and scores a strong TKO after stuffing a few Daywalker shots but so far that is much easier said than done. Gun to head, 4th quarter decision I will take Saltsman by a single leg split decision.