DWTNCS Week 1 Preview: Kali Robbins vs. Hannah Goldy

Former Invicta FC veteran Kali Robbins (6-2) faces off against Hannah Goldy (4-0) in a strawweight bout, tonight on Week 1 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

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Robbins and Goldy both have different styles that will switch the tempo of the fight from standing to taking it down on the canvas. Robbins’ polished ground game will test Goldy’s solid takedown defense – an area to watch who can establish positioning between the space of clinches.

“I always like to stand and bang, that’s what I like to do,” Goldy said. “I’m not scared to pick someone up and slam them on their head or number their face in.”

The Vermont native fighting out of Ocoee, FL hasn’t tasted defeat since her last amateur loss versus Kayla Stricker by split decision back in 2015. On September 29, she’s coming off a unanimous victory over Shannon Goughary at Island Fights 50.

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Goldy fought three of her four professional bouts under Island Fights, the Pensacola, FL based banner, and one bout at Premier FC 26, when she defeated Lisa Blaine by unanimous decision in Springfield, MA. She has one TKO victory back in February 2018, when she stopped Panama’s Vanessa Maries in the second round.

Robbins won her last fight back in November against Celine Haga by split decision at JacksonWink Fight Night 4. Previously, she lost back-to-back fights in tough opponents such as Invicta FC’s Pearl Gonzalez by unanimous decision and following a TKO loss (punches) to Hannah Cifers, who currently fights in the UFC.

Cifers’ power punching became problematic for Robbins, stoppage occurred towards the end of the first round. Goldy presents pressure early on and prides herself in being the aggressor with her striking game. Robbins will need to constantly jolt Goldy out of balance and take the fight to the ground.

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“At this level, I expect her to be good everywhere and well-rounded. I don’t think none of us would be getting this opportunity if that wasn’t the case,” Goldy said. “I know she’s good on the ground, she has good wrestling and has decent striking.”

Robbins transitions smoothly from a takedown directly into a submission. She displayed her transitional game when she locked up Priscilla Brownfield with an inverted triangle choke back in 2015. Also, four of her six wins came from submissions.

“Every single MMA fight I had, I treat it like if I’m fighting Rose Namajunas or Joanna [Jedrzejczyk]. I never underestimate my opponent,” Goldy said. “I always prepare for the worse possible scenario and make sure I don’t get myself there.”

The strawweight bout was confirmed back in April, giving Goldy a wide window to prepare for her bout against Robbins. She had three fights piled up last year, not giving her enough allotted time.

“I’ve never had such a long fight camp,” Goldy said. “I’ve never had this much time to prepare or the time to cut weight. Everything is falling into place.”

The majority of Goldy’s MMA career has been in the flyweight division, she fought one fight as a strawweight in her professional debut win against Gillian Robertson.

Veteran Robbins has the experience on her side, while Goldy packs a powerful punch combination along with a solid chins. Only one fighter will prevail in this strawweight bout and earn a UFC contract. Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

“I’m prepared however the fight goes and I’m ready for whatever she has to bring me,” Goldy said. “I’m definitely planning on walking out of there with my hand raise that night.”

Cristhian Plasencia

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