MMA Preview – Joseph Benavidez vs Dustin Ortiz 2 at UFC Fight Night 143

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 143? Sunday 20th January, 2019 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 143? Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

What channel is UFC Fight Night 143 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 143? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 143? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Benavidez makes his third appearance after a long injury lay-off and has an important role in being the alternate for the Henry Cejudo TJ Dillashaw fight. The perennial top contender was originally scheduled to fight Deiveson Figueiredo but now faces Dustin Ortiz, who is on an impressive three-fight winning streak including knockouts over Hector Sandoval and Matheus Nicolau as well as a dominant decision over Alejandre Pantoja.

These two fought back in 2014 where Benavidez took home the spoils via a unanimous decision. Ortiz went on to lose three more of his following five fights but is now in the form of his life after three big wins.

THE PREDICTION

Benavidez looked rusty after his come back fight against Sergio Pettis but turned back the clock with a knockout over Alex Perez in his last fight so expect him to be near his best. Ortiz will come out full of energy seeking redemption and will be confident of matching Benavidez in every department.

This will be crucial, as these fighters are comfortable everywhere, so expect exchanges on the feet, clinches and takedown attempts. Benavidez’ speed will give him the advantage, which may see Ortiz shoot in for takedowns after a feeling out process, but it may not be enough.

Winner: Benavidez via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.