MMA Preview – Derek Brunson vs Elias Theodorou 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

Derek Brunson heads to Ontario hoping to regain some form after losing four of his last six fights. All of those fights were vintage Brunson; chaotic, wild and exciting and he came up against some of the very best in the division. He was knocked out by the current champion Robert Whittaker and then lost a decision to one of the best of all time in Anderson Silva. He got back to old ways with knockouts over Dan Kelly and Lyoto Machida but is coming off two more knockouts to Jacare Souza and the current interim champion Israel Adesanya.

Elias Theodorou is nothing like Brunson. He is awkward, methodical and relies on his cardio and consistent output of strikes to outpoint his opponents. His last seven fights have ended in decisions and he is coming off three wins. After earning unanimous decisions over Kelly and Trevor Smith before squeaking a decision out of Eryk Anders.

THE PREDICTION

On paper, this is the fight we need for Theodorou. He needs to be tested against a wild and explosive striker with excellent wrestling. The Canadian successfully controls the tempo in his fights and subdues their threats with an unorthodox array of strikes from a variety of angles.

To avoid this and being dragged into another decision, Brunson needs to be his aggressive self and mix in takedowns with bombs. However, Anders had a similar game plan but could not impose himself on Theodorou. Thiago Santos was another incredibly explosive opponent with knockout power and even though he won, Theodorou still took him to a rare decision.

Brunson needs to hold nothing back and hunt the knockout but with home advantage Theodorou is likely to put on another impressive but uneventful decision win.

Winner: Theodorou via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.