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02 Jul 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis at UFC 226

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 226? Sunday 8th July, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 226? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 226 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 226? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 226? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

This fight has been rescheduled after the infamous incident involving Conor McGregor and his team prior to UFC 223. Two days before the fight, Michael Chiesa had to withdraw after suffering multiple cuts to the face after being on the receiving end of a dolly thrown by McGregor. The dolly hit the window of a bus carrying fighters and unfortunately Chiesa was sitting behind that window.

Frustrating to say the least but he now meets Anthony Pettis at UFC 226. There was a time where it was hard to think of any fighter that had more potential than Pettis. Although he earned the lightweight title, he has never quite lived up to that potential which is a shame considering some of the electrifying performances he has put on.

Despite losing five of his last seven, Pettis is desperate to display his pedigree and now he has moved back up to lightweight and his training camp is going a lot smoother than his last fight against Dustin Poirier, there is a good chance we’ll get to see him light up the T-Mobile Arena in vintage Pettis fashion.

However, he has a legitimate contender in front of him. Michael Chiesa is a tricky fighter; he has an obvious strength which is his grappling and only has two losses to his name, the second of which came in his last fight against Kevin Lee.

THE PREDICTION

These are two grappling wizards with slick submission games and lightening quick transitions, so it would be a real treat to see them battle it out on the mat which is where Chiesa will hope the fight stays.

Pettis, however, is a threat everywhere and is just as slick on the feet. It is hard to bet against Chiesa, especially if the fight is fought at a close distance but if the Pettis of old turns up, a stunning finish could be on the cards.

Winner: Pettis via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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