MMA Preview – Ovince Saint Preux vs Nikita Krylov 2 at UFC 236

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 236? Sunday 14th April, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 236? State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

What channel is UFC 236? BT Sport 1

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Ovince Saint Preux (OSP) has struggled to crack a top 10 ranking spot in the light heavyweight division but he has been one of the most active fighters since joining the UFC. He has fought 18 times since his debut in 2013 and has earned some big wins over the likes of Shogun Rua, Corey Anderson and Tyson Pedro but has had streaks broken by top contenders and is coming off a close decision loss to the up and coming Dominick Reyes.

Nikita Krylov has also been active over the years and started his second stint in the UFC in September last year. Jan Blachowicz welcomed him back but the fight didn’t go his way as he got caught in an arm triangle in the second round. The talented Ukrainian is desperate for a win to settle in the organisation.

THE PREDICTION

They first met back in 2014 for their third UFC fight where OSP put Krylov to sleep with the first of his three career Von Flue chokes. This was such a rare choke at the time that Krylov didn’t see it coming but he will be well prepared this time round.

They have both continued to improve since that encounter and are fully expected to put on a violent and exciting fight. They are both exceptional on the feet with legitimate knockout power and if they decide to grapple you can also expect a finish.

An interesting stat is that not one of Krylov's 30 fights has gone to a decision and, considering OSP’s abilities, the judges are unlikely to be required.

These guys are so dangerous in every area that a finish could fall either way. Krylov has only lost twice in his last 11 fights but he is yet to prove himself among UFC calibre competition and OSP has the experience to exploit that.

Winner: Saint Preux via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric