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20 Feb 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Ovince Saint Preux vs Ilir Latifi at UFC on Fox 28

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 28? Saturday 24th February, 2018 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 28? Amway Center, Orlando, Florida (US)

What channel is UFC on Fox 28 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 28? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 28? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two top-10 ranked light heavyweights are next up on the Fox main card. This is a huge opportunity for Ovince Saint Preux (OSP) and Ilir Latifi, as an impressive finish can propel them into title contention.

The light heavyweight division has never been so hollow with Jon Jones out of competition, Anthony Johnson retiring and the current champion Daniel Cormier focusing on fights outside the division with wins over top contenders Alexander Gustaffson and Volkan Oezdemir already under his belt.

Neither OSP or Latifi are spring chickens so a big win will shoot them up the pecking order and into conversations for the number one contender spot while they are still in their prime; an opportunity that was hard to come by when the division was ultra-competitive.

OSP bounced back from three straight losses to Jones, Jimi Manuwa and Oezdemir with three spectacular finishes. Marcos Rogério de Lima and Yushin Okami became his second and third victims of a Von Flue choke, becoming the only fighter in UFC history to pull this off three times, and he is coming off a hellacious head kick knockout over Corey Anderson in his last fight.

Latifi is also coming off a win – a decision over Tyson Pedro but this was his only fight since September 2016 so he won’t be quite as well-oiled as OSP.

THE PREDICTION

There are a few important stats to consider in this one. OSP has a huge reach advantage which is a threat as he has exceptional power at the end of his range and will be able to keep Latifi at a distance. This will force the Swede to call upon his strengths which is his explosiveness and grappling.

Latifi will look to shoot in and take OSP down but this will not come without danger. OSP is just as dangerous on the mat with a very proactive submission offence which Latifi has to look out for. He has the strength and technique to stifle the weapons of OSP but we don’t know how long for.

OSP has the edge in too many areas of the fight making him the favourite but a win is not a certainty considering the power Latifi possesses.

Winner – Ovince Saint Preux via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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