UFC 275: Who is Jack Della Maddalena?
Jack Della Maddalena is doing things a bit differently. After losing his first two professional bouts back-to-back, he is riding an 11-fight win streak dating back to 2016. He not only impressed on the Dana White Contender Series against Ange Loosa, but he followed that up with a great boxing performance against Pete Rodriguez in his UFC debut.
Maddalena earned a first-round knockout at UFC 270 and is now back for UFC 275. This time, he’s fighting on the main card against his toughest challenge yet, Ramazan Emeev.
Jack Della Maddalena is bringing Australian boxing with him to the UFC
Maddalena made his name with the Eternal MMA promotion in Australia and is following in the footsteps of some of the best fighters coming out of the Oceanic region, including Alexander Volkanovski.
If there is one thing to take away from Maddalena’s quick rise in the UFC, it’s that his boxing is no joke. He has good timing, quick hands and powerful counters with his left. 10 of his wins have come via finish, with 8 being via strikes, and one via doctor stoppage due to cut damage.
While Maddalena’s boxing is the talk of the town, it will be interesting to see how well he can manage Emeev’s level changing and pressure. Emeev’s 2.02 strikes absorbed and 66% striking defense will surely be tested, but he will need to land some big takedowns to get away from Maddalena’s striking. His 2.29 attempts per 15 minutes suggest he will be level changing whenever he can, which could be Maddalena’s kryptonite.
If Maddalena is able to showcase his striking quality at this level, there is no telling where we see him finish off 2022. Australia and the Oceanic region have grown immensely as a feeding bed for the UFC, and Maddalena is the cream of the crop heading into UFC 275.