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08 May 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – John Lineker vs Brian Kelleher at UFC 224

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 224? Sunday 13th May, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 224? Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What channel is UFC 224 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 224? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 224? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two bantamweights are next up on the card and looking to stake a claim for a title shot. John Lineker hosts Brian Kelleher who has only lost once in his last ten fights and is also coming off the biggest win of his career after a well-earned decision over the former champion, Renan Barao.

Lineker on the other hand has only lost once in his last eight and that was to the current champion TJ Dillashaw where he took him to a decision. So, the fact that Lineker is ranked #6 and Kelleher is not ranked in the top 15 illustrates just how stacked the bantamweight division is at the moment so nothing but an impressive win will do to be in reach of a shot at gold.

THE PREDICTION

Lineker has an incredible amount of experience for his age and has wins over some of the best bantamweights and flyweights in the world which will be crucial in taming the skills of Kelleher.

Lineker’s stand-out skill is his striking but in particular the power in his hands. His power is confusing as for such a small man, he hits like a truck and Kelleher has to plan for this. Kelleher also has more than enough ability to sleep his opponent and also has the skills to finish on the ground.

Their skills are at such a high level and with the natural finishing ability they possess, the fight can end at any time but their skills may cancel each other out and force a decision. With home advantage – Lineker gets the nod.

Winner: Lineker via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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