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21 Aug 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Justin Gaethje vs James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 135? Sunday 26th August, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 135? Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

What channel is UFC Fight Night 135 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 135? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 135? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

LAST EIGHT FIGHTS

JUSTIN GAETHJE

JAMES VICK

2018

Dustin Poirier
UFC

L
(TKO)

W
(Dec)

Francisco Trinaldo
UFC

2018

2017

Eddie Alvarez
UFC

L
(KO)

W
(TKO)

Joe Duffy
UFC

2017

2017

Michael Johnson
UFC

W
(TKO)

W
(TKO)

Polo Reyes
UFC

2017

2016

Luiz Firmino
WSOF

W
(TKO)

W
(SUB)

Abel Trujillo
UFC

2017

2016

Brian Foster
WSOF

W
(TKO)

L
(KO)

Beneil Dariush
UFC

2016

THE BREAKDOWN

As you can see, they are experiencing contrasting form as Gaethhje has struggled to find the dominance that made him a World Series of Fighting champion. Vick on the other hand has put his sole career loss firmly behind him and now has the big name fight he has been requesting for some time.

These two have exchanged heated words in the build up which, along with their fighting styles, should provide an absolute spectacle. They are terrific grapplers, especially Gaethje who is a NCAA Division 1 wrestler but we expect both contenders to keep the fight standing and slug it out in search of the big knockout.

Vick is the more composed and accurate striker whereas Gaethje is more powerful and explosive but has been too reckless. As we have seen in his three UFC wars, it is exciting for the fans but using your head as your only defence is the best way to take years off your fighting career and Vick is looking to expose that.

If Gaethje can inflict his devastating leg kicks with takedowns he can easily find a route to victory but if he abandons a game plan he will be looking at three losses in a row.

Winner: Gaethje via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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