MMA Preview – Ivan Shtyrkov vs Devin Clark at UFC Fight Night 149

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 149? Saturday 20th April, 2019 - 16:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 149? Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

What channel is UFC Fight Night 149 on? BT Sport ESPN

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 149? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 149? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Ivan ‘Ural Hulk’ Shtyrkov steps in for Abdul-Kerim Edilov as he makes his UFC debut, putting his unbeaten record on the line. He is coming off his two best career wins over former UFC fighters – Fabio Maldonado and Thiago Silva. Maldonado is made out of granite but Shtyrkov managed to finish him in the second round and then he went on to submit the dangerous and experienced Silva but he now needs to pass the UFC test and USADA test for that matter.

Devin Clark is his assignment, coming off a tough TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic. Clark looked very promising as he started his career in the UFC but has struggled with the step-up in competition, suffering three losses out of his six UFC fights.

THE PREDICTION

Clark is a solid wrestler and he will be wise to leverage these skills to try and keep Shtyrkov on the ground. ‘Ural Hulk’ is immensely strong and has the knockout power to end the fight with one strike. He has fought around 240 lbs but is dropping down to 205 lbs and Clark is a powerful and big light heavyweight in his own right so he will look to mix up his boxing with his wrestling to slow Shtyrkov down.

Clark has the ability to grind out a decision but Shtyrkov has too many weapons and his power is likely to lead to a finish, whether that be a knockout or a submission.

Winner: Shtyrkov via KO/TKO