MMA Preview – Eric Spicely vs Darren Stewart at UFC Fight Night 130

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 130? Sunday 27th May, 2018 - 16:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 130? Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK

What channel is UFC Fight Night 130 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 130? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 130? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Kicking off the main card in Liverpool is Eric Spicely and London’s own Darren Stewart, who are both clinging onto their UFC careers.

Stewart has had a tough time in the UFC. He arrived unbeaten and had his winning debut against Francimar Barroso in Brazil change from a TKO to a No Contest as a result of an appeal to the Brazilian commission.

Controversial to say the least but he got a rematch which he lost via decision and then disappointingly got submitted by Karl Roberson and then Julian Marquez. He is therefore – technically at least – without a win in his last four.

Spicely has also been finished in his last two fights by Antonio Carlos Junior via submission and Gerald Meerschaert via TKO.

THE PREDICTION

The UFC gods have not been kind to Stewart. Potentially one loss away from being cut, he has been handed an awkward match-up in Spicely who is a submission artist. The game plan from Spicely will be clear and he will look for the takedown and submission.

Stewart has genuine knockout power in his hands and mixes in takedowns of his own to enable ground and pound but Spicely will want to keep the fight on the floor. With the pressure Spicely is also under, he will most likely play it safe and avoid the striking threat of Stewart at all costs and grapple his way to victory.

Winner: Spicely via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.