MMA Preview – Ilir Latifi vs Corey Anderson at UFC 232

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 232? Sunday 30th December, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 232? The Forum, Inglewood, California

What channel is UFC 232 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 232? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 232? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two wrestlers meet with a keen eye on the main event between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson as an impressive win will put them on course for an eventual shot at the light heavyweight title.

They have both won two fights in a row which were two of their best career performances. Ilir Latifi is coming off a decision over Tyson Pedro and a superb submission over Ovince Saint Preux whereas Corey Anderson is coming off two decisions over Patrick Cummins and Glover Teixeira.

THE PREDICTION

Both men are phenomenal wrestlers and the last time Anderson came up against an elite Wrestler in Patrick Cummins, he dominated him at his own game, taking him down 12 out of 13 attempts and controlling him for the three rounds.

However, Latifi is a submission wrestling gold medallist and has never been taken down in the UFC. This may be concerning for Anderson but if he does not succeed to take him down at first, he has the cardio to put on an unforgiving pace until the bell so the Swede’s takedown defence will have to be sharp for all three rounds.

This will be a fascinating contest and if their skills cancel each other out and force the fight to stay on the feet, you have to back Latifi who has the technique and power to put Anderson away and a finish may be needed to avoid Anderson earning a decision with a relentless output of clinches and takedown attempts.

Winner: Latifi via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric