MMA Preview – Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis at UFC Fight Night 148

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 148? Sunday 24th March, 2019 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 148? Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

What channel is UFC Fight Night 148 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 148? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Curtis Blaydes’ surge up the heavyweight rankings has been interrupted twice by a Francis Ngannou shaped obstacle, feeling the wrath of his bludgeoning hands. These are the only two losses on his record but in between he looked exceptional, showing off his dominant wrestling and adding dangerous ground-and-pound as we saw when he brutally knocked out the legend Alistair Overeem, and he hopes to do the same to the up-and-coming Justin Willis.

After losing the first fight of his career, Willis has gone on to win his next eight fights. He won his first three UFC fights easily but has no stand-out names on his record, although he did earn a valuable decision over Mark Hunt in his last fight. This wasn’t an eye-catching display but he has the skill to seriously trouble Blaydes.

THE PREDICTION

The heavyweight division is shallow but a win for either man will set up a big-name fight. Blaydes will be the favourite and his wrestling will be the deciding factor. Willis is a problem on the feet with heavy hands and Blaydes’ two losses have been knockouts.

However, Willis is not Ngannou so we are not sure how durable Blaydes' chin is but he will be determined for it not to be tested and judging by his average number of takedowns, we can assume Willis will spend a lot of time on the mat and he will do well to take the fight to the bell.

Winner: Blaydes via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.