MMA Preview – Fabricio Werdum vs Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 127
13th Mar 2018 by Ewan Lavender
AT A GLANCE
When is UFC Fight Night 127? Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 21:00 (UK)
Where is UFC Fight Night 127? The O2 Arena, London, England
What channel is UFC Fight Night 127 on? BT Sport 2
Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 127? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website
Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 127? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...
The British fans were hoping to see Michael Bisping headline at the O2 arena in London but his swansong has been delayed mostly thanks to the careless decision to step in late notice against Kelvin Gastelum who almost took his head off in the first round when they met in November last year.
Nevertheless, rivalled quality has filled the void in the shape of Fabricio Werdum who takes on fellow heavyweight and former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov, who is flying up the rankings with five straight wins. This is by far the biggest fight of the Russian’s career against the most skilled opponent of his career and a win will catapult him into title contention.
Werdum is beginning to make a habit of saving cards as well as taking risky fights for little reward. He is desperate for another title shot but is prepared to pick off contender after contender to get there knowing a win will solidify his spot in the rankings, but a loss will be hugely detrimental to his chances.
The Brazilian has to be the favourite as one of the most well-skilled heavyweights in the world with experience to match. That said, the ever-improving Volkov is vastly experienced for his age and unbeaten in the UFC. His striking is his obvious strength, leveraging all 80 inches of his frame which he showcased with a superb performance and TKO of Stefan Struve who is even taller.
He has also showcased his improved wrestling since arriving to the UFC with two more great wins over heavy grapplers Roy Nelson and Timothy Johnson. However, Werdum’s skills are in a different league. Nobody has matched him on the mat and he is arguably the best heavyweight practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ever.
Werdum is also an underrated striker and considering his confidence, do not be surprised if he attempts to keep the fight standing to show off his own skills against the lanky striker. Volkov’s best chance will be to utilize his reach and keep the fight at a distance with his strong jab. However, if Werdum has any trouble, he always has the back up plan of taking the Russian to the ground and submitting him at will.
Winner: Werdum via Submission
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.
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