MMA Preview – Magomed Ankalaev vs Klidson Abreu 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

The main card in Prague kicks-off with another demon from Dagestan in the shape of Magomed Ankalaev. As you would guess his grappling is savage - in particular his Sambo - but Ankalaev prefers to dish out the punishment with his fists.

The Russian was originally scheduled to fight Darko Stošić but he had to pull out, leaving the door open for Klidson Abreu to make his UFC debut. Hats off to the Brazilian who has stepped up to fly over to the Czech Republic and take on the prospect who’s only loss was a crazy triangle in the last second of his fight against Paul Craig.

Abreu deserves his shot with a healthy record and a six-fight winning streak. He has fought in a variety of promotions but has not faced anyone near the quality of Ankalaev.

THE PREDICTION

On paper, this looks like a striker vs grappler match-up with ten of Abreu’s 14 wins coming via submission. Interestingly, Ankalaev’s sole loss as mentioned is a submission and Abreu’s two losses were via knockout.

So, you would think the Brazilian’s best chance of a win is to take the fight to the ground, look for a submission and avoid the striking of Anaklaev. However, Ankalaev is also a tremendous grappler and has the power to stifle any takedown attempts and is likely to have his success on the feet.

Winner: Ankalaev via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.