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02 Jul 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Diego Sanchez vs Michael Chiesa at UFC 239

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THE FACTS

When is UFC 239? Sunday 7th July, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 239? T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

What channel is UFC 239? BT Sport Box Office (£19.95)

Where can I stream UFC 239? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which you can sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC 239? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Michael Chiesa steps out for his second fight at welterweight and has a good match-up in the form of another former lightweight Diego Sanchez who steps out for his 30th UFC fight.

The very first winner of The Ultimate Fighter had a horrific welcome to the welterweight division back in November 2017 when Matt Brown buried him with a vicious elbow. However, in true Sanchez fashion, he dusted himself off and picked up two wins - a decision over Craig White and a TKO over Mickey Gall.

We saw the full effects of Chiesa’s cut down to lightweight in his fight with Anthony Pettis. He missed the mark and looked very depleted before getting finished with an armbar. Then, on his welterweight debut he looked energised taking on Carlos Condit, notching the 11th submission of his career.

THE PREDICTION

Chiesa will be confident with a size advantage at welterweight as Sanchez has fought as low as 145 lbs. Sanchez will have the advantage on the feet knowing Chiesa is yet pick up a knockout win in his career and he will be desperate to avoid the inevitable takedown attempts.

Chiesa is most comfortable on the floor and if he can take Sanchez down he has the attributes to control the veteran. Although Sanchez has never been submitted in his career, he will do well to avoid the grasp of Chiesa.

Winner: Chiesa via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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