MMA Preview – Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Brandon Davis at UFC 228

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 228? Sunday 9th September, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 228? American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

What channel is UFC 228 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 228? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 228? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The glamour featherweight scrap between the electrifying Zabit Magomedsharipov and Yair Rodriguez was eventually scheduled for UFC 228 but unfortunately Rodriguez pulled out with an injury. Gutting for the fans but we will still get to see the much-hyped Magomedsharipov who we will call ‘Zabit’ for short. This is because Brandon Davis has stepped in on short notice – a brave move considering how lethal Zabit has looked.

After an eye-catching win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Davis has gone 1-2 in the UFC and struggled to match the high-calibre competition so he will have his hands full in Dallas.

THE PREDICTION

The hype that surrounds Zabit is not just due to his record and 11-fight winning streak – it is his skillset which is as entertaining as it is talented. He can wrestle, grapple and submit at will and then we have his array of flashy striking techniques which we expect to see against Davis.

Zabit is a threat everywhere so Davis is going to have to be aggressive and take the fight to the Russian like Kyle Bochniak did in their fight. He needs to turn the fight into a brawl but Zabit has the class to take the fight anywhere and finish from everywhere.

Winner: Magomedsharipov via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric