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24 Jul 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Alexander Hernandez vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC on Fox 30

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 30? Sunday 29th July, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 30? Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Canada

What channel is UFC on Fox 30 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 30? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 30? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The main card for UFC on Fox 30 kicks off with two rising stars who are on an absolute tear at the moment. Olivier Aubin-Mercier always has the fans behind him but will have most of the arena behind him in Calgary. The Canadian is 7-2 in the UFC and is on a four-fight winning streak with a rare but fantastic TKO after attacking the liver of Evan Dunham with knees and punches in his last fight.

Not to be out-done, Hernandez blew away the seasoned striker Beneil Dariush with a ferocious knockout in his UFC debut. This stretched his own winning streak to seven and now his pedigree is being tested again in what could be the toughest fight of his career so far.

THE PREDICTION

This will be a fascinating contest. Hernandez is a rapid, aggressive and powerful striker and Aubin-Mercier is an elite grappler. That said, they are both well-rounded and will be comfortable wherever the fight goes.

Don’t read too much into the stats of Hernandez as they are based off one dominant win. Aubin-Mercier has to respect the wrestling of Hernandez and Hernandez has to respect the striking of Aubin-Mercier so a well-executed game plan will be crucial for the win.

They are both deadly finishers but neither fighter has been finished in their career so a decision is likely. The Canadian has the UFC experience but Hernandez has that raw power and athleticism that could just earn him a decision.

Winner: Hernandez via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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