Yazmin Jauregui and Iasmin Lucindo

Iasmin Lucindo, UFC San Diego ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The UFC returns to San Diego, California this Saturday night. UFC San Diego is headlined by an exciting fight between Dominick Cruz and Marlon Vera. At strawweight, Yazmin Jauregui was going to be welcomed to the UFC by Istela Nunes, but Nunes pulled out due to injury. Filling that spot now is another perspective that debuts in Iasmin Lucindo.

Yazmin Jauregui
Standing at 5’3″
Fight at 115 pounds (strawweight)
23 years
Fight of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Training out of JacksonWink
A professional record of 8-0

How will Jauregui fare in the UFC:

Jauregui is super exciting and holds six out of eight finishes, you don’t see that finish rate in WMMA. Jauregui has a believable ground game but he’s a super serious striker. Her hands are sharp but it’s her rhythm and volume that set her apart. She does a lot of twists and fights in bursts. Jauregui never throws single strikes and always throws volume. She doesn’t just throw in pairs, but throws multiple strikes at once. Do this while also mixing kicks. She really throws everything, including the kitchen sink. Sometimes Jauregui can be in too much of a rush and stay in the pocket for too long. She is very thoughtful and not afraid to take a ton to deliver multiple strikes.

Jauregui is sometimes there to be hit but his ability to block is solid. She’s down but makes it incredibly difficult. She fights wrists well and knows how to use hooks and circles. Even when she’s down, she does whatever it takes to get back on her feet. Jauregui is a damage-dealing fighter who will beat you for three rounds or close the show in less than five minutes usually. Not just his hands, but his heavy legs and good sneaky headbutt. Jauregui, when he lets go of those hands, comes from all angles, blending in a variety of combinations. She has a lot of qualities that will take her far and at only 23 she will be a force for years to come.

Iasmin Lucindo
Standing at 5’3″
Fight at 125 pounds (flyweight)
20 years
Fighting in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
Training outside the Fight House Academia
A professional record of 13-4
8 KO/TKO, 2 Submissions

How will Lucindo fare in the UFC:

Lucindo has been in MMA since she was 14 and at just 20 she already has a lot of experience. She has a win over Sarah Frota who is a former UFC fighter which was a huge win for her. They have won their last seven games and their last loss was over three years ago. She has a lot of lesser wins but beating Frota and Lucrezia Ria are good wins.

Lucindo is a jiu-jitsu player and is a black belt in judo. His wrestling is okay at best. She is not a traditional wrestler but will use her judo background to lead the fight. Most of his takedowns come from trips from the bodylock. His ground game is solid with a dominant stance and smooth transitions. Lucindo only has two submissions but is doing well in actively threatening. In the clinch, she is strong and will oppose her will to drain your energy.

Lucindo has a limited strike. There’s promise for the future given that she’s still young, but that’s not where it should be. Her hands are slow and when she engages, her strike is too wide. She leaves herself open and her hands are too slow to bring them back to her face. Lucindo tends to let opponents get her down and set the pace and rely on attachment when they show up.

I don’t think Lucindo is at the UFC level now, but he’s talented enough to stay. I believe she will improve over time and could become a top 15 fighter because she is already so young and well tested.

How these two match up:

Female perspective fights can be hard to predict, but I’m pretty confident in this one. Lucindo is a threat if she can get the takedown, but I don’t see her taking down Jauregui. Jauregui has a much superior style on the feet and will chew up Lucindo until the fight is grounded. For someone who relies on hooks, I’m confident Jauregui can dig his hooks in and stay upright. Even if the fight were to hit the mat, it’s not a full blowout for Lucindo. Jauregui is doing well on the mat and I think he can be quite competitive. It will indeed be a blowout for Jauregui on the feet. I choose Jauregui to really enjoy his constant pace and pressure. Lucindo is going to let Jauregui come forward and it’s going to get really tough for her I predict.

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