Octagon Oracles: Combate Americas Alum Jesse Strader

Jesse Strader gets his arm raised in the Combate Americas cage Jesse Strader gets his UFC debut on Saturday against Montel Jackson. Photo Credit: Combate Americas

Jesse Strader (5-1) comes into the UFC off his latest win in 2019, scoring one of the best knockouts of that year. With only six pro fights, his sole loss is to UFC fighter Marcelo Rojo who had a great showing just last week. Strader is another Combate Americas fighter debuting in the UFC, making it now three in the year so far.

Strader is fighting a top UFC prospect in Montel Jackson. Jackson is just 3-2 in the UFC. The losses were to Brett Johns and Ricky Simon, so no shame in that. It seems like Strader is brought into this fight to build their guy in Jackson back up.

Shawn Bitter

Grade: C-
Strader is an exciting fighter and most likely was signed just due to the fact he scored a highlight-reel knockout in his last fight. With that said, debuting in the UFC with only six pro fights is way too soon. Also, coming into a division like 135 just seems like too dangerous. Strader is a pure boxer who does occasionally score takedowns. He essentially has no top control so his wrestling is there to only score quick points.

I personally love a fighter that will attack the body and Strader does just that. Strader will rip the body a ton and then go to the head. It’s not just body-head like most fighters as it’s more like body-body-body-head that Strader does. Strader is a scrappy brawler that doesn’t mind taking damage to give some. He does sit in the pocket too much and is so worried about getting his shots off that he’s there to easily be hit. Overall from an entertainment value he would’ve been a perfect fit on the “Contender Series.” For the UFC his cardio, striking defense, and being so one-dimensional will hold him back.

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Zac Herbison

Grade: C-
Strader does not move his head. I know, this seems like a weird place to start, but it is remarkably consistent. His head does not move while he’s striking. Even when he rolls with punches, he does it by backing up without moving his head. He is at such high risk of getting countered that it’s almost hard to focus on the rest of his game. Luckily, I can distract myself with his love of low-high combinations. He likes to throw a combination of low, powerful hooks to the body, ending with one to the head. That combination gave him his most recent KO, and nearly KO’d recent UFC debut Marcelo Rojo.

Strader coaches wrestling at SoCal Fight Factory. He’s shown an ability to get takedowns on the regional scene, though it’s not clear if his wrestling will hold up against the tougher competition. He doesn’t seem especially good at passing guard, but he makes up for it by posturing up and throwing strikes from the guard.

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Vince Rodemer

Grade: D
Most guys that get these late notice calls lately have fought on “Contender Series” or against some nice competition. While I do like Combate Americas as a promotion, coming off the heels of Marcelo Rojo and Rafa Garcia holding their own last week, I’m not sure Strader is any good. He did knock down Rojo but was later knocked out by him. Strader just basically swings wild shots and hopes the other guy goes down. I didn’t see any wresting or BJJ at all from him. He also hasn’t fought in almost two years.

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