MMA Preview – Ronaldo Souza vs Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 224? Sunday 13th May, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 224? Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What channel is UFC 224 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 224? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 224? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The co-main event features another beast of a Brazilian hosting a young contender for a war in Rio de Janeiro, as Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza takes on Kelvin Gastelum in a fascinating match-up.

Jacare is a multiple world Jiu-Jitsu champion has been on the cusp of a title shot for three years after regularly disposing some of the very best fighters in the division. However, injuries and losses to Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker has denied him the opportunity but a win over Gastelum will put him right back in contention.

Gastelum has experienced a turbulent UFC career and has shown glimpses of championship calibre performances. The only time we have seen him outclassed was against Chris Weidman which was a terrible match-up for him. The elite wrestler man-handled Gastelum but it looked like a light heavyweight taking on a welterweight. However, Gastelum bounced back spectacularly by knocking out the former champion Michael Bisping.

THE PREDICTION

Their skillsets should provide an absolute spectacle especially as they are both carrying the confidence of electrifying knockouts in their last fights.

Gastelum is a phenomenal wrestler but grappling with a much larger man and one of the most dangerous submission artists in the game will be too dangerous so he must rely on his striking. Gastelum’s boxing is devastating and he will look to utilize his incredible hand speed and combinations to seek the chin and the finish.

Jacare’s strengths are obvious but he has knockout ability proven against legitimate strikers such as Vitor Belfort and Derek Brunson. So, it will be fascinating to see a stand-up battle which Gastelum will pray for but just one mistake is all Jacare needs to take the fight to the ground and cinch the finish.

As long as Jacare can avoid the quick barrage of strikes, his power advantage should enable him to drag the fight into his murky waters.

Winner: Souza via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.