MMA Preview – Jessica Andrade vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 228? Sunday 9th September, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 228? American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

What channel is UFC 228 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 228? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 228? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two of the best strawweights in the world meet each other, with both on two straight wins and need a third to get a chance to fight the current champion Rose Namajunas. Jessica Andrade is a monster at 115 lbs and after moving down from 135 lbs she has looked outstanding with a power advantage over every girl she has faced.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the only fighter to beat her since moving down and she has since ground out convincing decisions over two other top contenders, most recently Tecia Torres and Claudia Gadelha who is in fact the last fighter to beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

THE PREDICTION

This may give an indication of how this fight may go. Gadelha is the closest fight stylistically to Andrade. She is a stocky, powerful grappler who demonstrated her level of class by dominating Kowalkiewicz. She took her down with ease, controlled her and finished the fight with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

Now, Andrade didn’t dominate Gadelha but she proved to be the better version and was just more bullish, aggressive and outclassed her fellow Brazilian. So, Kowalkiewicz is going to have to drastically improve her takedown defence to stand a chance.

The Pole is one of the best strikers in the division and has the technique to duck and weave away from the aggressive onslaught of strikes Andrade will throw but the takedown and punishment almost seems inevitable despite the class of Kowalkiewicz.

Winner: Andrade via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric