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11 Jul 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Sage Northcutt vs Zak Ottow at UFC Fight Night 133

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 133? Sunday 15th July, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 133? CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho

What channel is UFC Fight Night 133 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 133? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 133? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

After flirting with the welterweight division throughout his UFC career, Sage Northcutt now hopes to settle at 170 lbs and has been handed the tough and experienced Zak Ottow to begin his new chapter.

Northcutt is only 22 years old and as he continues to develop, the cut to 155 lbs becomes a steeper and steeper hill to climb. He is an athletic freak, born with abs and when he is at his best he has blown opponents away with his explosiveness and athleticism, so it makes sense to fight in a more natural weight division.

THE PREDICTION

Ottow is coming off a great knockout over Mike Pyle, showing off his improved striking but his biggest skill is on the ground as a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So, he will carefully study the footage of Northcutt’s only losses where he was submitted by Bryan Barberena and Mickey Gall and will attempt to get the fight to the mat.

However, footage of Northcutt may be irrelevant as the young star is evolving at such a rate he can look like a completely different fighter when he steps in the cage; especially now as he will be more comfortable as a welterweight. We should expect him to explode in the stand-up exchanges and overwhelm Ottow with his speed.

Winner: Northcutt via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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