MMA Preview – Maurício Rua vs Tyson Pedro at UFC Fight Night 142

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 142? Sunday 2nd December, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 142? Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia

What channel is UFC Fight Night 142 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 142? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 142? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The legend Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua takes on home favourite Tyson Pedro. Pedro will have the crowd's support but Shogun has fans all over the world and considering their talents, this should be a lively encounter.

Shogun has fought the very best in the world for over 13 years, starting in his Pride days. He now ventures into Australia for his 18th UFC fight and will have the same intention of putting on a show in search of a blistering knockout.

Pedro is also earning fans with his character and exciting style that has seen him finish all of his seven wins. He came up short against Ilir Latifi and Ovince Saint Preux who are very high-calibre opponents but he has been given no restpite with this match-up against Shogun.

THE PREDICTION

Stylistically this is fascinating; out of their combined 32 wins, they have finished 28 of them. Shogun’s knockout prowess is well known but Pedro has never been knocked out. He is also a phenomenal grappler and extremely well versed on the ground but despite Shogun’s sole submission win which was 12 years ago, he is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

This fight could really go anywhere but it will start with a tense stand-up battle with both light heavyweights capable of an early knockout. Shogun is coming off a devastating knockout to Anthony Smith which may lure Pedro into a false sense of security. A finish is likely but which way it will go is tough to call.

Winner: Pedro via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.