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15 May 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Demian Maia vs Kamaru Usman at UFC Fight Night 129

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 129? Sunday 20nd May, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 129? Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile

What channel is UFC Fight Night 129 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 129? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 29? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two welterweight killers head up the first ever UFC event in Chile. Kamaru Usman was expected to meet Argentina native Santiago Ponzinibbio but he pulled out due to injury, giving Demian Maia the opportunity to take on ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. This was much to the approval of Usman who has continually voiced his opinion of being the best contender in the division who every other fighter is trying to avoid. Maia has stepped up on short notice to prove he can still perform at the highest level.

He heads to Chile on the back of two losses which snapped a seven-fight win streak - a disappointing title shot against Tyron Woodley and an even more disappointing performance against Colby Covington.

Usman on the other hand, has not lost since his second professional fight and although his style is not the most exciting, nobody has proved that he is not worthy of contending for the title yet.

THE PREDICTION

This is not a good match up for Maia. He has struggled against top wrestlers and Usman is immensely strong for the division who despite his takedown defence stat (which is not an accurate portrayal of his ability), he has overwhelmed all of his his opponents in the grappling exchanges. Usman is also in his physical prime whereas Maia is finally declining at the age of 40.

Usman will be spurred on by Woodley’s efforts in his fight with Maia where he was able to stifle all Maia’s attempts to take the fight onto the mat. Usman knows if he can do the same he will dispose the biggest threat of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master.

Maia wants to get Usman on his back but it will take a mistake from Usman to end up there. If it happens, it is game over but Usman has the ability to dictate the fight just like Woodley did.

Winner: Usman via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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