MMA Preview – Michael Johnson vs Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 138

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 138? Sunday 28th October, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 138? Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

What channel is UFC Fight Night 138 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 138? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 138? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s camps were set to continue with Artem Lobov and Zubaira Tukhugov scheduled to fight in the co-main but after that post-fight melee at UFC 229 where Tukhugov decided to jump in the cage and attack McGregor, he has been pulled from the fight.

Fortunately, Michael Johnson has stepped up on short notice and he isn’t an ideal opponent for somebody with a record of 13-14-1 (1). Nonetheless, Lobov will rise to the occasion and put on a show with the UFC veteran.

THE PREDICTION

Although Johnson is taking this fight on short notice, it should be a mismatch. Johnson is as well-rounded as he is experienced and the natural lightweight boasts a lot of power in his hands. However, so does Lobov who cares less for tactics and patience as he prefers to stand and bang until somebody falls.

Sparring with Conor McGregor regularly must give him confidence and especially in his chin, which has only failed him once in his 14 losses but if Johnson finds his rhythm and is not too drained from the weight cut, he should find the win.

Winner: Johnson via Decision