MMA Preview – Alex Oliveira vs Mike Perry at UFC on ESPN+ 8

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on ESPN+ 8? Sunday 28th April, 2019 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN+ 8? BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

What channel is UFC ESPN+ 8 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN+ 8? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on ESPN+ 8? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Li Jingliang was originally scheduled to fight Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira but has had to pull out with an injury which has given Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry the opportunity to bounce back from his submission loss to Donald Cerrone.

Perry has lost three of his last four fights – losing decisions to Santiago Ponzinibbio and Max Griffin before edging a gruelling and violent battle with Paul Felder. Despite the form there is still a buzz of anticipation for this fight as fans know Perry will bring his aggressive and exciting style to the cage.

Oliveira is also coming off a brutal loss after Gunnar Nelson split him open like a coconut and submitted him with a rear naked choke. This broke up two great performances submitting Carlos Condit and knocking out Carlo Pedersoli Jr, and Oliveira is hoping to get back on track with another finish.

THE PREDICTION

Perry is a different opponent to Jingliang but Oliveira can expect just as tough a fight. They are both very aggressive but Perry has more threatening knockout power and will be less inclined to grapple.

‘Cowboy’ will have a clear grappling advantage and we can expect him to attempt the takedown to patiently work his way towards a submission. However, Perry has good takedown defence and is extremely dangerous in the clinch with nasty elbows.

Oliveria is just as dangerous on the feet and with a significant reach advantage he will back himself to get the better of ‘Platinum’ but if he takes any big shots he will look to get the fight to the floor and wrap up a submission.

Winner: Oliveira via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.