MMA Preview – David Branch vs Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 128

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 128? Sunday 22nd April, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 128? Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey

What channel is UFC Fight Night 128? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 128? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 128? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

This is a great match-up in the middleweight division between the former World Series of Fighting middleweight and light heavyweight champion David Branch and Brazilian Thiago Santos.

Santos arrives in the best form of his life with four wins and four knockouts on the bounce over Anthony Smith, Jack Hermansson, Gerald Meerschaert and Jack Marshman.

Branch on the other hand is coming off a loss to Luke Rockhold back in September last year but this was after an 11-fight win streak and he is desperate to regain the form that made him a two-division champion.

THE PREDICTION

Santos is a bonified knockout artist and with the confidence gained from his last four fights, he will look to take Branch’s head off from the get go. Branch is Santos’ most accomplished opponent by a distance and has to be wary of the diverse threat he brings.

Branch does not have the power of Santos but he is a wizard on the ground and will look to set up takedowns with combinations. They are both well-rounded but the striking of Santos and the ground skills of Branch is at such a high level they may decide to avoid each other’s strengths but Branch may just have more class to take the fight into his realm.

Winner: Branch via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.