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13 Mar 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Jimi Manuwa vs Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 127

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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 STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The British fans won’t get to see Michael Bisping but they will be treated to an appearance of another fan-favourite with the devastatingly hard-hitting Jimi ‘The Poster Boy’ Manuwa. He takes on Jan Blachowicz in a rematch in which he secured the only decision win of his career back in 2015.

The Londoner seems incapable of putting on boring fights as he either delivers catastrophic knockouts or receives them. That said, the wily old veteran Blachowicz is very hard to put away and is coming off two big wins over Devin Clark and Jared Cannonier.

Manuwa on the other hand is coming off a brutal knockout loss to Volkan Oezdemir but form means nothing if the Brit connects with the skull. He doesn’t need any incentive to hunt the knockout and you have to feel anything other than a spectacular win won’t get him any nearer to a title shot with Daniel Cormier and the same can be said for Blachowicz in his attempts to creep into contention.

THE PREDICTION

The key stat has got to be the significant striking accuracy of Manuwa which is the highest in the division at 58.99%. Blachowicz has the cardio and experience to take the fight into deep waters and would be wise to close as much distance as possible and get his hands on Manuwa, especially after his phenomenal submission finish on Clark recently, but ‘The Poster Boy’ is as motivated as ever and will want to end the fight as soon as possible.

Winner: Manuwa via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.