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04 Dec 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos at UFC 231

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 231? Sunday 9th December, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 231? Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada

What channel is UFC 231 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC 231? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 231? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

For a stacked event, it is only fitting for the main card to kick off with two electrifying knockout artists. Fans love watching Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos – their aggression and unholy power makes every fight incredibly tense and as they meet in the cage, we can only expect fireworks.

The English powerhouse is in unfamiliar territory after losing two fights in a row and a rare decision to Jan Blachowicz. He is desperate to get back to winning ways and feel his leather glove on someone’s chin. Santos shares these motives but he is coming off two wins and a knockout over Eryk Anders in his last fight. This will also be his fifth fight this year so he has all the momentum.

THE PREDICTION

In their combined 46 fights, they have been involved in 34 knockouts so we have a good idea of what to expect. They won’t come out swinging but they will both be extremely aggressive and technical, taking any opportunity to attack the head. Their defence is so crucial as they possess such destructive power; one mistake will mean waking up to the doctor’s flashlight.

Despite being so active and coming off a war with Anders, Santos is less likely to suffer as he has moved up from middleweight and has less weight to cut. Manuwa is always in terrific shape and after a few months out of action, he will be well-prepared to avoid the onslaught of the Brazilian and deliver a trademarked one-punch sleeper.

Winner: Manuwa via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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