MMA Preview – Jimmie Rivera vs Petr Yan at UFC 238

THE FACTS

When is UFC 238? Sunday 9th June, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 238? United Center, Chicago, Illinois

What channel is UFC 238? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 238? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

As one bantamweight prospects title hopes fade, another prospect has emerged with a keen eye on the main event. Jimmie Rivera looks to bounce back from a loss as the new young contender Petr Yan hopes another good performance will put him in line to take on the new champion.

After building an impressive record of 21-1 and winning his first five UFC fights, Rivera was beginning to stake a claim for a number one contender spot but met the current number one contender along with his left foot. After suffering the first knockout of his career, he bounced back with a decision over John Dodson but suffered the third loss of his career against Aljamain Sterling in another decision.

He now meets another bantamweight beast in the form of Yan who is on a seven-fight winning streak. There is a lot of hype behind the talented Russian but he needs to prove himself in the upper echelon in the division and Rivera will be another great test.

THE PREDICTION

This is going to be a tense and gritty affair with neither man giving an inch. They are both incredibly well-rounded but most of this contest is likely to be fought on the feet which Rivera will prefer.

Rivera can keep up a suffocating pace and although he doesn’t have blistering knockout power, he has the technique and defence to grind out decision after decision. However, so can Yan which he proved against Dodson in his last outing and although this is bound to be a tough call for the judges, Yan has more tools in his locker to earn the points and land more significant strikes on Rivera.

Winner: Yan via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric