Danyelle Wolf will finally make her UFC debut at UFC 279 after gaining a contact in 2020. The former US national boxing champion was set to make her promotional debut back in May 2021, however, had to withdraw from her scheduled fight with Felicia Spencer due to injury. Although she’s only 1-0 in MMA, she has a wealth of combat sports experience. She was on the US Olympic boxing team, however, this is slightly disputed amongst the community.
She’s a three-time USA boxing national champion, a two-time continental boxing champion, a golden Gloves national champion, a three-time ringside world champion, an IBJJF world champion and a one-time world league Jiu-Jitsu champion, all at 152lbs. This fight will take place at 145lbs when she takes on the experienced, Norma Dumont.
Dumont is 3-2 in the UFC thus far, having competed at both featherweight and bantamweight. With that being said, she’s missed weight twice, once at each weight. Her most impressive victory came against former title challenger, Felicia Spencer, where she defeated her via split decision. She also picked up a good victory against Aspen Ladd in a main event slot back in October 2021. Last time out, however, she suffered a one-sided loss to Macy Chiasson. She certainly holds the MMA experience over Wolf.
Wolf’s First Fight since 2020
Wolf made her MMA debut on Dana White’s contender series back in September 2020. For context, Jordan Williams gained a contract on the same card, has had three UFC fights since then and has subsequently been released from the promotion.
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We couldn’t learn a huge amount from Wolf’s debut aside from what we already knew. She has a rapid jab, knockout power and is a threat on the ground. She wobbled her opponent in the first round and almost secured a guillotine in the final round. We also know that her output is good, she threw 206 strikes, however, only landed 70 at a percentage of just 28%. Her opponent on the night, Taneisha Tennant has gone on to win Invicta FC bantamweight gold, so the victory has aged well.
What improvements (if any) has Danyelle Wolf made in her two years off? We’ll find out at UFC 279 on Saturday night!