MMA Preview – John Makdessi vs Jesus Pinedo at UFC Fight Night 148

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 148? Sunday 24th March, 2019 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 148? Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

What channel is UFC Fight Night 148 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 148? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 148? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

John Makdessi was originally scheduled to fight Nasrat Haqparast and Jesus Pinedo was expected to fight Chris Gruetzemacher but their dance partners both pulled out with injuries. Fortunately though, they have agreed to square-off against each other.

Makdessi walks out for his 16th UFC fight and is hoping for his 10th UFC win. After getting wheel-kicked into orbit by Lando Vannata, he has responded with with two well-earned decisions over Abel Trujillo and Ross Pearson.

Pinedo makes only his second UFC appearance after arriving to the octagon on a six-fight winning streak, which he then extended to seven with a unanimous decision win over Devin Powell.

THE PREDICTION

Although they have virtually the same amount of professional fights, there is a sizeable difference in the level of experience. Makdessi has fought at the top level for years and needs to call upon this experience.

Pinedo is aggressive and very well-rounded and utilises his long limbs to wrap up submissions and cause fight-ending damage on the feet. The Peruvian’s reach advantage will be his best ally against the stockier Canadian and he is always capable of a finish but Makdessi will use his experience to weather the storm and grind out a decision.

Winner: Makdessi via Decision