MMA Preview – Stefan Struve vs Andrei Arlovski at UFC 222

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 222? Sunday 4th March, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 222? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 222 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 222? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 222? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

A seismic clash is expected to shake up the main card in Las Vegas in the shape of veterans Stefan Struve and Andrei Arlovski.

Arlovski is immensely accomplished and has been slugging it out for 20 years so it is inevitable that Father Time is catching up on him. He recently lost five fights on the bounce which included three devastating knockouts at the hands of Francis Ngannou, Alistair Overeem and Stipe Miocic. However, the war beaten veteran showed his fighting spirit by accepting another fight back in November (2017) against the up-and-coming Brazilian, Junior Albini. He proved his class and outpointed him, spurring him on to take this fight against Struve.

The Dutchman is a unique match-up for anyone standing at 7-foot (the tallest in the UFC). He has experienced a topsy-turvy journey as most heavyweights do but his potential has been limited with a heart condition which has kept him on the sidelines for a large chunk of his career. However, he is still only 30 years old and desperate to add more stellar names such as the current champion Miocic to his record, with Arlovski being a suitable addition.

THE PREDICTION

Both fighters have received an unholy amount of damage throughout their careers and their chins are becoming more and more susceptible to that knockout blow. Struve has a savage submission game, leveraging his long limbs into all sorts of positions but considering the power they possess in their hands and the vulnerability of their chins – it is likely that more damage will occur before any grappling.

Winner: Struve via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.