MMA Preview – Livia Renata Souza vs Sarah Frota at UFC Fight Night 144

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 144? Saturday 2nd February, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 144? Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste, Fortaleza, Brazil

What channel is UFC Fight Night 144 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 144? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 144? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two Brazilian prospects in the shape of Livia Renata Souza and Sarah Frota kick off the main card in Fortaleza. These ladies have just one loss between them, suffered by Souza who lost a close decision to Angela Hill and her Invicta strawweight championship in the process.

Souza bounced back by winning her next two fights for Invicta, earning a UFC contract, and is fully expected to climb the strawweight ranks after winning her debut against Alex Chambers.

Hoping to derail her ascend is Frota who is unbeaten and earned her contract with a brilliant knockout on Dana White’s Contender Series.

THE PREDICTION

Both fighters are great finishers, which is rare at 115 lbs, and the majority of their wins have come via submission. So, it would be great to see them battle it out on the mat but wherever it takes place Souza should have the edge in every department.

She has more experience fighting some of the best in her division and that championship level experience should enable her to grind out a win to hand Frota her first loss.

Winner: Souza via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.