MMA Preview – Jake Ellenberger vs Ben Saunders at UFC Fight Night 131

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 131? Saturday 2nd June, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 131? Adirondack Bank Center, Utica, New York

What channel is UFC Fight Night 131 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 131? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 131? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two wily old veterans in the shape of Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger and Ben ‘Killa B’ Saunders square off in New York with 33 UFC fights between them. Despite the experience, they are both coming off two knockouts in their last two fights; Ellenberger succumbing to Jorge Masvidal and Mike Perry with Saunders falling to Peter Sobotta and Alan Jouban.

They may have both already peaked but they are more than capable of not only putting on a performance but finishing the fight in spectacular fashion.

Ellenberger is a bona fide knockout artist with memorable knockouts over some of the very best including Matt Brown, Josh Koscheck, Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields. Saunders is also a severe knockout threat which only compliments a predatory submission game.

THE PREDICTION

Ellenberger will look for the knockout from the start and will back his speed to get inside the range of Saunders and offload with power. However, if Saunders utilizes his significant reach advantage, he can keep the Juggernaut at a distance and pick him apart with long kicks and punching combinations.

If Killa B controls the distance then expect Ellenberger to shoot in and the take the fight to the ground. If he ends up on top, then he will back his power to finish the fight but Saunders will back his elite ground skills to wrap up a submission.

This fight can go either way and a finish is very likely. As this is unlikely to go the distance, you have to back Ellenberger’s speed and power advantage to get the job done.

Winner: Ellenberger via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.