MMA Preview – Jack Marshman vs John Phillips at UFC Fight Night 147

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 147? Saturday 16th March, 2019 - 18:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 147? The O2 Arena, London

What channel is UFC Fight Night 147 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 147? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Welsh fans may be gutted to see two of their own match-up but at least we can all be confident of seeing one hell of a fight. Both men prefer to let their hands do the talking as aggressive and powerful strikers.

Jack Marshman has won two of his five UFC fights and will be grateful that he is fighting a fellow slugger after losing his last two fights to exceptional grapplers: Antonio Carlos Junior and Karl Roberson.

John Phillips has suffered a similar fate in losing his last two fights against Charles Byrd and Kevin Holland who both submitted him. He is desperate to show the UFC what he is capable of and display the skills that earned him four knockouts in a row before making his debut.

THE PREDICTION

Matching these two fighters against grapplers has a sense of inevitability about it but as these strikers have been matched-up we will get to witness their quality. Expect to see a violent Boxing contest and, considering their power, both men are capable of a knockout.

This will come down to whomever has the better defence and although Phillips has absorbed a lot of shots in his last two fights, most of these were on the ground so it will be a different story on the feet.

Marshman is a better grappler as a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but he is unlikely to use these skills and as long as he avoids the power left hand of Phillips he could break him down to earn a knockout of his own.

Winner: Marshman via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.