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07 Jun 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Andrei Arlovski vs Tai Tuivasa at UFC 225

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 225? Sunday 9th June, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 225? United Center, Chicago, Illinois

What channel is UFC 225 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 225? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 225? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

This is a titanic clash between a legend come gatekeeper and a former Rugby League player come heavyweight prospect. Andrei Arlovski has 43 professional fights to his name, going to war with a who’s who of former champions and beasts whereas Tai Tuivasa has had seven MMA fights – all of which he has won.

Tuivasa has reaped success with the nuclear power in his hands but is yet to face anyone like Arlovski. The Pitbull is one of the most experienced fighters on the entire roster and will be Bam Bam’s greatest test to see if he is a prospect or contender.

THE PREDICTION

Although Arlovski has gone to a decision in his last three fights, this is very unlikely to go the distance. The Aussie will come out swinging and hunt the chin of the Belarussian and if he finds it, it is lights out and an eighth win.

As Tuivasa has never been past the first round, Arlovski will be wise to feel him out, conserve his energy and test the cardio of the slugger. That said, we all know the knockout power of Arlovski and he has proven he can trade shots with monstrous hitters with success.

However, the war-beaten veteran may have too many miles on the clock to survive a bomb from Bam Bam.

Winner: Tuivasa via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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