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Welcome to the UFC: Marcelo Golm

A young undefeated Brazilian, who has won all of his fights by first round knockout, will make a short notice debut this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Brunson.

Marcelo Golm steps in for countryman Carlos Felipe, who was pulled from his scheduled debut when he tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently suspended for two years. Golm will now have the rare opportunity of making his octagon debut a few miles from his home gym. He is scheduled to take on 6’7” Danish kickboxer Christian Colombo in the night’s curtainjerker. Colombo will be eager to impress after an unimpressive 0-1-1 record in his first two UFC bouts.

Who is Marcelo Golm?

Sao Paulo’s Marcelo Golm is an undefeated heavyweight prospect who has won all five of his professional fights via opening round KO/TKO. The 25-year-old Brazilian newcomer began his combat sports career as a BJJ practitioner when he was 18, a late start by today’s standards. He trains out of the Corinthians MMA camp alongside UFC bantamweight Douglas Silva de Andrade, as well as K-1 standout Ewerton Teixeira.

What should you expect?

Golm’s five first-round knockouts might lead you to believe that he will be looking to stand-and-bang. While his striking is passable, his preferred method of assault is takedown and ground-and-pound. With a combined record of 2-10, his previous opponents might not be the best gauge of talent, but with that being said, he put them all away in the first round the way a solid prospect should. It’s very difficult to speculate on his potential based on his previous fights, but how he deals with a fighter of Colombo’s caliber will be very telling of what he will be capable of in the painfully shallow heavyweight division.

What this means for his debut?

This is going to be a striker vs grappler match, which should look very similar to Colombo vs. Luis Henrique. While Henrique is more polished than Golm, Golm is bigger, stronger, and has more finishing power. Colombo fought valiantly against Henrique but had no answer for Henrique’s strength or top control. Golm will land takedowns at will and use his face-shattering ground-and-pound to prompt an early stoppage. Golm TKO 1st

Check out one of Golm’s five impressive first-round finishes in his native Brazil:

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