MMA Preview – Luis Pena vs Steven Peterson 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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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Luis Pena returns after suffering the first loss of his career against Mike Trizano. It was the unofficial final of The Ultimate Fighter as Pena suffered a tournament-ending injury while Trizano went on to beat Joe Giannetti in the finale. Only 25 years old and six fights in the bank, he has his whole future ahead of him and has decided to try his hand down in the featherweight division. Standing at 6’3”, it will be quite an achievement to even make the 145 lb limit.

The experienced Steven Peterson welcomes Pena to the division who is desperate for a consistent run. He has lost three of his last six but is coming off a hard-fought split decision over Matt Bessette.

THE PREDICTION

Don’t read too much into Pena’s fight stats as they are only based off his fight with Trizano. His game is all about a high output of Muay Thai strikes and using his long limbs to wrap up submissions.

Peterson is dangerous everywhere – he is also slick on the ground with a terrific submission game and aggressive on the feet. With the difference in size and reach, you would back Pena to control the distance and dictate the fight but you have to question how he will fair with his weight cut.

Providing he has a smooth cut, his dimensions will be enough to overpower Peterson but any issues and Peterson will have too much in the tank and come into his own in the third round.

Winner: Pena via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.