He is while fighting inside the Octagon at home. Johnson is a capable fighter wherever the fight goes, but his level of aggression often gets himself in trouble. In recent bouts, he has shown an improved focus on his defence- but that has resulted in a downturn in overall offence. In similar fashion, Khabilov is far from an overwhelming striker but supplements his vertical offence with a multitude of takedowns. He does have some pop in his vertical offerings, he is usually looking to close the distance and shoot.
The Canadian has an avenue to victory in this fight, but he needs to maintain an above average striking pace while keeping Khabilov on the feet for the duration of the bout. That is not going to be easy. Taisumov has won 6 of his 7 UFC fights including 5 in row- all by knockout. Green is the younger man b a year. A capable wrestler, Green has had mixed results inside the Octagon. He successfully took Michel Prazeres down on 3 occasions but also gave up a trio of takedowns.
Rustam Khabilov completed 3 as well. The biggest knock on Green has been his lack of aggression, but against Tibau he showed an increased focus on striking output,. Green was recently involved in car accident in which 2 people lost their lives. Piling up the body count, Taisumov has knocked out 16 opponents- 5 in the UFC. He is the first and only man to have knocked out each of the last 3 fighters he has faced. He throws heavy combinations and augments his boxing with a strong kicking attack.
Taisumov has not fought a full minutes since his loss to Michel Prazeres. His longest fight during his current streak lasted just seconds into the middle round. Nonetheless, Green has struggled with less capable strikers than Taisumov and unless Desmond is able to offer an uptick in his offense striking and wrestling , he is going to struggle.
Taisumov needs to be mindful of going for the finish early and gassing out. Mairbek outworks Green, landing the more frequent and impactful strikes- my prediction is Mairbek Taisumov to defeat Desmond Green by decision.
A pair of fighters coming off of devastating defeats will try to return to the win column as Magomed Ankalaev takes on Marcin Prachnio in the Light Heavyweight division.
Ankalaev dominated Paul Craig in his debut, before surrendering the tap to a triangle choke at the 4: Prachnio made his debut against Sam Alvey, getting hurt during an exchange before walking face-first into the fight-ending knockout blow. The Russian is the younger man by 4-years. In his debut, the big Russian dominated the majority of the action, outlanding his foe Magomed did get taken down on a couple of occasions, but he was able to counter into top position.
From top position, he is capable of unleashing brutal, fighting ending ground and pound. An aggressive finisher, Prachnio has stopped 11 opponents, 10 by knockout, and all 11 in the first frame. Marcin tends to hold his hands a little low and was overextending on his strikes. Building on his Kyokushin background, his techniques had good pop behind them and he was effectively mixing up his offence to the head and body. His body language suggested he never got comfortable prior to the end of the fight.
Prachnio should also have a better performance with his debut behind him as well as fighting a little closer to home.
Johnson formerly competed at Light Heavyweight to start his career, but is now moving down to pounds. They are both years of age. There are some significant elements to unpackage when looking at Yandiev.
In addition to making his UFC debut, he has not competed as a pro since , he fought 7-times that year, and began his career just one year earlier. The heavily-muscled Russian has also never fought beyond the opening round, finishing most of his foes inside the first half of frame 1. Of his 9 stoppages, 6 have come by submission- mostly choke-based finishes. Johnson has gone the distance in 4 consecutive fights, including his 3 UFC wins.
His low completion percentage is a product of dogged pursuit of the takedown. In addition to the aforementioned issues, there is a lot of controversy surrounding Yandiev. Sekulic is riding a 2-fight winning streak after rebounding from injury based TKO loss. Sekulic is replacing Claudio Silva on roughly 2 weeks notice. A former M-1 Middleweight champion, Emeev has finished 10 opponents- 7 by knockout. His 2 UFC victories are the product of a low volume grinding attacking- working in the clinch with a couple of key takedowns while limiting the output of his foe.
Emeev made his Welterweight debut against Mina which should give him a better feel for how his body will perform this time around. Winning the majority of his fights by submission 6 , Sekulic has a pretty decent takedown game to go along with an opportunistic guillotine choke.
All of his submission wins transpire early in the fight, suggesting he switches his focus to controlling position over submission if he is unable to get the early stoppage. This could be a closely contested fight with both men offering similar skill sets. Dvalishvili will also attempt to break his UFC slump, as he has been defeated in both Octagon tussles- including a controversial submission loss to Ricky Simon.
Dvalishvili is the younger man by 5-years. Mail will not be published required. Stephens vs Choi Jan. Miocic vs Ngannou Jan. While I think Camozzi could surprise and use a high-volume approach to out-strike the Brazilian, the more likely scenario is the one Patrick closes with above: Leites getting inside, getting this to the canvas and finishing with a choke.
Cummings has looked solid against essentially every opponent the UFC has thrown his way not named Gunnar Nelson. Ryan LaFlare did it in November I think Cummings will be able to do something similar here against the same opponent. He handed Sean Strickland his only professional loss and just stopped Court McGee last time out and those are better performances than anything his opponent has managed to date. Gigliotti has been wrecking opponents outside the UFC since June and has compiled an impressive record with his most recent victory coming in the RFA via second guillotine choke against John Poppie.
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