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11 Jul 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Junior dos Santos vs Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 133? Sunday 15th July, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 133? CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho

What channel is UFC Fight Night 133 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 133? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 133? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Junior dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov tops a Fight Night card that is littered with great bouts. The former heavyweight champion dos Santos welcomes the current WSOF heavyweight champion for his UFC debut and we expect it to be an absolute barn burner.

Ivanov finally enters the UFC and arrives with a lot of hype and only one loss to his name which was to current top contender Alexander Volkov. The standard is at a much higher level in the UFC but a record of 16-1 (1) with five consecutive wins on the bounce, he has to be feared.

However, dos Santos fears no one having reigned the division and gone to war with some of the best heavyweights of all time. Cain Velasquez took years off his fighting life and he has also recently been at the wrong end of exceptional performances to Alistair Overeem and Stipe Miocic but he is out to prove he is still among the best in the division.

He also comes into this fight with extra fire after being wrongfully accused and banned for the consumption of a prohibited substance. He got pulled from his fight with Francis Ngannou at UFC 217 and has eventually cleared his name after he proved it was a tainted supplement that he consumed.

THE PREDICTION

When you see dos Santos perform it is easy to forget that he is one of the most humble and nicest fighters in the sport. He is a true gentleman but in the cage he is a violent beast with some of the most thunderous boxing in the UFC. He is technical and fast but has sledgehammers for arms that can knock out any fighter in the division and he will wait patiently to land on the Bulgarian to ruin his debut.

However, his takedown defence will have to be at its usual level as Ivanov is a master of Sambo. Combat Sambo is extremely effective in MMA but Ivanov is a well-seasoned and complete Mixed Martial Artist and although he is giving up a lot of size to dos Santos, he will be a serious threat in every area.

As dos Santos’ chin has taken a lot of damage over the years, he will be susceptible to another knockout and his cardio will have to be on point to endure the outstanding grappling of Ivanov, but the Brazilian has a habit of bouncing back form losses in spectacular fashion. His reach, height and power advantage may just set up a trademarked uppercut to turn off all the lights and cap off the show.

Winner: Junior Dos Santos via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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