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13 May 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Antonio Carlos Junior vs Ian Heinisch at UFC Fight Night 152

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 152? Saturday 18th May, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 152? Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York

What channel is UFC Fight Night 152 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 152? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 152? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Antonio Carlos Junior has not fought for over a year due injury that scuppered his fight with Elias Theodorou. Fortunately, he is back and ready to compete and string together a sixth win in a row. In his last three fights so far, he has truly stuck to his strengths by submitting Eric Spicely, Jack Marshman and Tim Boetsch with ease and he will be eyeing up the neck and limbs of his next opponent, Ian Heinisch.

Heinisch is also on an impressive winning streak. He outpointed the experienced Cezar Ferreira on his UFC debut which was earned by knocking out Justin Sumter with nasty elbows on Dana White’s Contender Series. This was after two more vintage knockouts for the Legacy Fighting Alliance.

THE PREDICTION

Heinisch is a good wrestler but the only contact he will want to make will be his right hand on Carlos Junior’s chin. The Brazilian is one of the best submission artists in the UFC and if the fight goes to the floor it is only a matter of time before Heinisch taps.

Heinisch has very short arms but he is incredibly explosive and closes the distance in a flash. He will look to stalk Junior from range and explode in with punches looking for the knockout. However, the Brazilian will prepare for this threat and has the experience to weather the storm and patiently wait for an opportunity to tie Heinisch up and squeeze out a win.

Winner: Carlos Junior via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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