MMA Preview – Brad Katona vs Merab Dvalishvili at UFC Fight Night 151

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 151? Saturday 4th May, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 151? Canadian Tire Centre, Ontario, Canada

What channel is UFC Fight Night 151 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 151? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 151? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Brad Katona will relish returning to home soil for his third UFC fight. The Ultimate Fighter 27 winner trains at the Straight Blast Gym in Ireland but heads back over to Canada in hopes of extending his unbeaten record. He earned a unanimous decision over Jay Cucciniello to win the tournament and repeated the feat when he took on Matt Lopez at UFC 231.

He takes on another tough opponent in Merab Dvalishvili who is a product of the Serra-Longo Fight Team. He looks to string together another set of wins after earning a decision over Terrion Ware which came after a couple of controversial losses, including a somewhat farcical end to a fight with Ricky Simon which officially resulted in a technical submission.

THE PREDICTION

These bantamweights are extremely well-rounded and we are likely to see a mix of technical striking and grappling. Katona may be smoother on the feet and if he starts to get comfortable expect to see the Georgian resort to his seasoned grappling where he will have the advantage. If he can take Katona down, expect him to work on setting up a submission. He may not be able to finish Katona but he should assume enough control to earn the points.

Winner: Dvalishvili via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.