Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at Brazilian heavyweight Marcelo Golm as he makes his UFC debut against Danish fighter Christian Colombo at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Hometown: Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Weight Class: Heavyweight
Camp: Corinthians MMA
Career Record: 5-0
Key Wins: None
Key Losses: None
The 25-year-old Brazilian heavyweight began competing professionally in 2015. All five of his career bouts have taken place in Brazil. More importantly, he’s won all of his fights by knockout.
- Good size the division
- Athletic frame
- Heavy in top position
- Good work rate on the ground
- Limited fighting experience
- Has never faced an opponent with a winning record
- Never been challenged by an opponent
Offensive Striking: D-
Striking Defense: D
Knockout Power: D-
Offensive Wrestling: D-
Takedown Defense: N/A
Overall Grade: F
Matchup with Christian Colombo
In a late replacement matchup, Christian Colombo welcomes Brazilian Marcelo Golm into the UFC. This is the opening bout of UFC Fight Night 119 and one that certainly has a lot of uncertainty. Golm has the physical frame to compete in the UFC, but his skill-set is a complete unknown. He’s only fought five times professionally and has never faced an opponent who has won a professional fight. He’s facing a fighter in Colombo who is 8-2 in his career, but is already 37 years old and has shown signs of slowing down in his last fight. With this fight being in Brazil, I expect Golm to come out strong in this bout. He has an opportunity to close this fight out early, but if he’s unable to do so, look for the veteran to take over and get the win. This is a fight best to avoid betting entirely. There are too many unknowns in this bout.
Marcelo Golm is an athletic prospect in a division that needs new talent. Given his level of competition, it’s very difficult to say what Golm’s career trajectory is. He’s certainly green and should probably have been tested more outside of the UFC first, but he was brought in on short notice and is being given the opportunity to sink or swim.
Check out Marcelo Golm in some of his most recent fights:
Marcelo Golm vs. Danilo Espera
Marcelo Golm vs. Nicolas Oliveira