MMA Preview – Roosevelt Roberts vs Thomas Gifford at UFC on ESPN+ 8

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on ESPN+ 8? Sunday 28th April, 2019 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN+ 8? BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

What channel is UFC on ESPN+ 8 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN+8? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on ESPN+ 8? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Roosevelt Roberts has burst onto the lightweight scene and is looking to stretch his unbeaten record to eight as he takes on UFC debutant Thomas Gifford. Roberts emerged on Dana White’s Contender Series when he submitted Garrett Gross in the second round and continued his stellar performances on his UFC debut when he took on the experienced Darrell Horcher, making quicker work by submitting him in the first round.

Gifford is also a great finisher and with the same dimensions, this should be a great match-up. He is gaining momentum having only lost once in his last nine fights and is continuing to evolve his skill set by training at established camps.

THE PREDICTION

Roberts has looked exceptional so far and he will be extremely confident of notching another knockout or submission. However, he cannot take Gifford lightly, especially on the ground where he has earned 13 submissions of his own so can’t afford to be overconfident.

The stand-up battle will also be fascinating with both fighters capable of a knockout and this is likely to be where the fight is won. Whether by setting up a submission, a knockout or even a rare decision, whoever wins the stand-up battle is likely to earn the victory.

Winner: Roberts via Decision