UFC Vegas 59 – New Blood: “Maverick” flies high in “Sin City”
Competitor Series grads having their wins snuffed out due to drug test failures are pretty common, and now we have another one coming. On this edition of New Blood, the series where Fight Pass’s lack of transparency regarding what’s available there and what’s on ESPN+ will forever annoy me, we’re looking at a power-puncher villain from the crew of Wanderlei Silva.
Josh “The Maverick” Quinlan
Weight class: Welterweight
Record: 5-0 (3 KOs, 2 SUBs)
Notable wins: Logan Urban (Reversed)
‘The Maverick’ went undefeated (6-0) as an amateur, five of those wins from distance, before turning pro in 2019. Five more finishes took him to Competitor Serieswhere he wiped out Logan Urban in 47 seconds before failing a drug test.
Quinlan is a Muay Thai trainer at Wanderlei Silva’s Wand Fight Team, which should give you a good idea of how he fights. It’s all about blasting charged power shots and ripping stun low kicks from a strong, square, switchable stance. It is, however, more technical than this description suggests; he throws these punches with technique and can put together some solid combinations when he thinks about it, though he seems to prefer to only throw a few at a time if he’s not going to kill.
When allowed to lead, he can seem unstoppable as he pushes forward and crushes his opponents. He’s far deadlier when under pressure, thanks in large part to his habit of backing off with low hands and no real urgency. He has a lot of fancy, position-changing footwork early in fights, but he just seems to go away if someone gets in front of him. Indeed, he will only start moving laterally after he has already taken a few steps back and probably received a punch at least once.
A good example of this happened in his second most recent fight against Dallas Jennings. He spent the first 1.5 rounds ripping Jenning’s lead leg, but as soon as Jennings started moving forward, Quinlan found himself backing up against the fence and eating hard gusts. The occasional strong counter isn’t enough to make up for his lack of cage awareness, although he has a rock-solid chin to lean on.
He can also run out of setups for low kicks, though he does at least feint with his hands beforehand.
Although not one to initiate grappling, Quinlan is a solid operator on the mat. His overall takedown defense looks decent, and the two times he’s been taken down in his last three fights, he’s immediately fought his way to the top. His ground and pound are just as violent as his striking, and he has enough submissiveness to conclude a rear-end choke if he only mauls from the mount or if the rear doesn’t cut him.
I would rate Quinlan as an action fighter on the edge of the top quartile. His pressure issues will keep him from sniffing out discord once his opponents get the hang of it, but the sheer violence he brings to the table should earn him a long stint in the Octagon, possibly peaking near the Top 15s. can smooth out some rough edges.
Opponent: He takes on wrestling specialist Jason Witt. For one thing, Witt is ultra-persistent with his takedown, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see Quinlan repeatedly hunker down on the fence, sniff a counter, and get taken down for 15 nasty minutes. On the other hand, Witt’s chin is made of particleboard, so Quinlan only needs one semi-clean shot to put it away. The latter is more likely, but not by a massive margin.
Ribbon: His LFA fights are on Fight Pass.
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