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01 Nov 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Derek Brunson vs Israel Adesanya 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

We have an absolute barnburner to kick-off the main card in New York in the shape of Derek Brunson vs Israel Adesanya. They are two of the most exciting fighters in the division; they do not like each other and are electrifying strikers. The much-hyped Adesanya is unbeaten with 12 knockouts from his 14 wins and after edging past Marvin Vettori and Brad Tavares, he got called out by the UFC veteran.

Brunson is coming off a devastating head kick knockout courtesy of Jacare Souza and although he perceives Adesanya as a ‘step down’, he is desperate to get his hands on the unbeaten ‘Last Stylebender’.

THE PREDICTION

They are both lethal strikers but if Brunson is smart, he will bank on his strong wrestling to take the fight away from Adesanya. His striking credentials speak for themselves with a Kickboxing record of 75-5-1 and although Brunson is also dangerous on the feet, Adesanya is in a different league when it comes to technique.

If Brunson rushes forward in his usual reckless style, Adesanya will eat him up with all limbs which is likely considering the animosity between them. Brunson needs to take the fight to the ground but the difference in class will allow Adesanya to pick Brunson apart, leading to a finish.

Winner: Adesanya via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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