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07 Jun 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Holly Holm vs Megan Anderson at UFC 225

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 225? Sunday 9th June, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 225? United Center, Chicago, Illinois

What channel is UFC 225 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 225? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 225? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Megan Anderson finally makes her UFC debut which has been thoroughly anticipated mainly because she is one of two genuine featherweights in the UFC and Cris Cyborg’s only real threat in the division right now. She has been handed Holly Holm which is the biggest test of her credentials so far.

Anderson has not earned her place just because she is a natural 145 pounder but because she is one of the best. She was the Invicta champion and since losing her second fight against Cindy Dandois, she has won four in a row – all finishes via knockouts – with all of them earning her fight bonuses.

The division is in urgent need of somebody like her but she needs to get past one of the best strikers and tacticians in women’s MMA.

THE PREDICTION

Anderson has the size, the reach and proven knockout power. However, although she has this advantage, Holm is not a good match-up for her. Holm is an incredibly illusive mover with a gas tank to keep it going for five rounds let alone three.

Holm’s striking abilities are also well known and she has the ability to negate the reach advantage and get her own punches and kicks off. That said, Anderson clearly has the ability to knock Holm out until the last minute.

However, despite the difference in form, Holm’s experience going five rounds with two of the best female strikers in Germaine de Randamie and Cris Cyborg will give her that crucial edge in executing a perfect game plan.

Winner: Holm via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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