MMA Preview – Blagoy Ivanov vs Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 146

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 146? Saturday 9th March, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 146? Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas

What channel is UFC Fight Night 146 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 146? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Blagoy Ivanov looks to bounce back from his loss to Junior dos Santos. Making your UFC debut against the former heavyweight champion is not the easiest task but he did well to force the fight to a decision. He is looking to call upon the form that made him a WSOF champion to welcome Ben Rothwell back to the cage.

Rothwell is fresh off a two-year suspension for failing a drugs test. He is also coming off a decision loss to Junior dos Santos but this was nearly three years ago and will need to shake off any ring rust.

THE PREDICTION

The biggest question mark is how Rothwell will perform after a long lay-off. Before his loss to dos Santos he looked exceptional but this was a long time ago. Ivanov is yet to prove himself in the UFC but he has serious pedigree.

The Bulgarian is an exceptionally strong grappler with elite Sambo and Judo. He is also incredibly durable which will provide a very difficult match-up for Rothwell. Ivanov is expected to grind out a win to get his UFC career off the ground.

Winner: Ivanov via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.