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02 Oct 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov at UFC 229

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 229? Sunday 7th October, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 229? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 229 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 229? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 229? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

This is a titanic clash between two top contenders in the heavyweight division. A division in that is up in the air after Daniel Cormier dethroned Stipe Miocic with Miocic calling for a rematch and Cormier eyeing up a more lucrative fight with Brock Lesnar. Whatever happens, Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov need to keep winning to have any chance at a shot at gold.

As you would expect from two top class heavyweight strikers, they are knockout experts with an incredible 37 between them. Lewis has been struggling with back issues in recent years but that hasn’t stopped him from piling on the wins with eight from his last nine fights.

Volkov can easily be the dark horse in the division. He looked superb in his first two UFC fights but his most recent bout against the former champion, Fabricio Werdum, got everyone’s attention. He dominated the Brazilian, finishing him off with devastating punches.

THE PREDICTION

Lewis will rely on his brutal and explosive power to counter the Russian who will go about his business in a more technical fashion. Lewis will try and keep the fight at close range but negating the height and reach advantage of Volkov is no mean feat.

He fights from range masterfully and is expected to chop Lewis down with kicks and knees to the body and legs to set up openings to find the jaw. His speed and cardio will be key to maintaining that distance and avoiding the threat of Lewis.

Winner: Volkov via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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