MMA Preview – John Dodson vs Petr Yan at UFC Fight Night 145

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 145? Saturday 23rd February, 2019 - 17:30 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 145? O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

What channel is UFC Fight Night 145 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 145? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

UFC veteran John Dodson takes on the highly touted Petr Yan. The Russian lives and breathes combat and has only one blemish on his MMA record. This was a title fight for ACB which he lost a very close decision to Magomed Magomedov who will surely be in the UFC soon. Since, Yan has won six in a row including three impressive UFC fights with knockouts over Teruto Ishihara and Douglas Silva de Andrade as well as a decision over Jin Soo Son.

Dodson is looking to call upon all his experience to derail the hype train. Since moving back up to bantamweight, ‘The Magician’ has struggled for consistency mainly due to fighting animals in the division. He has lost decisions to John Lineker, Marlon Moraes and Jimmie Rivera but going to decisions against these guys is an achievement in itself.

THE PREDICTION

Dodson has lost four of his last seven but you have to take into account the calibre of fighters he has faced. They are all top contenders and Dodson will no doubt put on a performance of a top bantamweight so this will be a real test for Yan.

Dodson will have the speed advantage on the feet but he will need to work hard to break the defence of the Russian. Expect a lot of output and feints from both men who will take any opportunity to mix in takedowns and clinches.

They both have the power to finish the fight but they are so evenly-matched and judges may have a tough call to make. If Yan can get past Dodson the hype is real.

Winner: Yan via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.