- Posted January 1, 2014 by
Los Angeles, California
Everything’s Smelling Like Roses for Louis Smolka
In a move that really surprised no one, UFC president Dana White just signed 808 Top Team member Louis Smolka, one of the most highly regarded flyweights in the world. This signing adds another Hawaiian to the ranks of the growing number of Island of Aloha UFC members, and strengthens the UFC’s flyweight division even further.
The recent PXC champ may not be in the flyweight division for long, as he seems almost massive in the octagon, looking monstrous compared to the other flyweights in his division. Whether he remains in the division or moves up to bantamweight remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure; he has proven himself to be a force in a fairly short time. He’s only 22, but he does not lack the maturity of a more seasoned fighter. At 5’9”, he’s one of the larger flyweights with an impressive reach. The aggravating thing is, he does not make use of the reach, preferring to use a volley of knees in the clinch and seeming to be fairly uncomfortable in using his reach to take out his opponents.
That said, he is an impressive fighter, preferring to punch his way into the clinch and apparently quite comfortable in moving into submission holds. He is also willing to sacrifice a top control or mount, which would certainly be the preferred move of many of his peers. In sacrificing the top mount, though, Smolka is able to cut to the chase and deliver a powerful guillotine, dispatching his opponent fairly deftly.
It could be very interesting to see how Smolka develops as a UFC fighter, and it’s clear the man will have more to learn as he progresses through his time in. He could possibly move into the organisation’s bantamweight division in fairly short order, judging from his size; he lacks the somewhat skeletal look of fighters like Marcus Vinicius, the only other 5’9” fighter in the flyweight division, but that may be mere coincidence rather than a promise of mass to come. Regardless, he is one of the larger flyweights, and this could be the promise of change to come for the young Smolka.
His real test is going to be how he handles his first UFC matchup, slated for Fight Night on January 15. There, Smolka is to go head to head with Aptekin Ozkilic, and it could prove to be a fairly even match. Both have fair wrestling skills, though Smolka appears to be less comfortable in that regard, and Smolka is the better grappler. It’s quite possible this could be one of the most even matchups of January 2014.
2013 ends on a positive note for Louis Smolka; it will be interesting, to say the least, to see whether or not this young addition to the UFC ranks will continue to dominate as he has done thus far in other organizations. Without a doubt, the young Hawaiian will continue to be one to watch in the matches to come.