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01 Nov 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – David Branch vs Jared Cannonier at UFC 230

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 230? Sunday 4th November, 2018 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 230? Madison Square Garden, New York

What channel is UFC 230 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC 230? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 230? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Jared Cannonier makes his middleweight debut at Madison Square Garden which will be very compelling considering he has fought the majority of his career at heavyweight. He has been given a stern test of the middleweight waters in the shape of the former two-division WSOF champion, who has only lost one of his last 13 fights.

David Branch bounced back spectacularly from that loss against Luke Rockhold in his last fight with a blazing knockout over the Brazilian stand-up specialist, Thiago Santos. This will flood his confidence which Cannonier is in short supply of after losing his last two fights against Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes.

THE PREDICTION

Branch will be the favourite and as a high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, we should expect him to take the fight to the ground especially considering Cannonier has made a living by knocking out heavyweights.

Cannonier has undeniable power and will hunt Branch’s chin but Branch is very confident in his striking and won’t be afraid to trade. Cannonier is also very competent on the ground and very strong in top-control so this fight will be fascinating wherever it goes but Branch has the class and experience to edge out a win.

Winner: Branch via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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