MMA Preview – Edson Barboza vs Dan Hooker at UFC on Fox 31

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 31? Sunday 16th December, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 31? Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What channel is UFC on Fox 31 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 31? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 31? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

If the Fiserv Forum hasn’t been lit up already, the co-main event is bound to as electrifying strikers Edson Barboza and Dan Hooker square off. This is the biggest fight of Hooker’s career so far and it is fully deserved after finishing his last four fights against excellent, established UFC fighters in Ross Pearson, Marc Diakiese, Jim Miller and Gilbert Burns.

Barboza is a different animal however. He is an absolute weapon on the feet and possesses some of the most lethal kicks in the game. What makes this fight so exciting is the fact Hooker is expected to stand and trade with the Brazilian.

This is good news for Barboza, who has lost his last two fights against arguably the two best grapplers in the division – Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee. Hopefully we will get to see vintage Barboza but we will also be watching prime Hooker.

THE PREDICTION

These guys are competent on the ground but they are stand-up specialists. Barboza’s credentials speak for themselves but you simply cannot count Hooker out who has proven knockout power and put away top lightweight strikers with ease in his recent fights.

This is a strong ‘fight of the night’ contender on paper and the Kiwi will no doubt become a top-ranked lightweight soon but you just can’t bet against Barboza in a stand-up fight.

Winner: Barboza via KO/TKO