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13 May 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Neil Magny vs Vicente Luque at UFC Fight Night 152

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 152? Saturday 18th May, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 152? Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York

What channel is UFC Fight Night 152 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 152? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 152? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Neil Magny heads back home to New York to take on the surging slugger Vicente Luque who has been blazing up the welterweight rankings but winning streaks count for nothing if he can’t get past seasoned pros such as Magny.

Luque has only lost once in nine fights with five knockouts and three submissions. His loss was to Leon Edwards via a decision but since, he submitted Niko Price, knocked out Chad Laprise and Jalin Turner and was the first man to knock out Bryan Barberena after a three-round war.

Magny is not quite experiencing the same form but he has been competing with the best welterweights for four years. After getting humbled by Rafael dos Anjos, he won a decision over Carlos Condit and knocked out Craig White who he took on late notice but he got beat up on the feet by Santiago Ponzinibbio before getting slept by a glancing right hand.

THE PREDICTION

What was interesting in Magny’s fight with Ponzinibbio was that his seven-inch reach advantage was completely ineffective and Luque will be giving up two inches less. Ponzinibbio closed the distance and crippled Magny with leg kicks and jabs before eventually knocking him out.

If Luque can adopt the same strategy to get inside he can enjoy the same success. He is not quite on the same level as Ponzinibbio yet but he has the power and killer instinct that makes him dangerous in every round. Magny has the experience and attributes to bounce back with a win but if he can’t utilise that reach advantage he may be in for another painful night.

Winner: Luque via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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