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04 Mar 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Tim Boetsch vs Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 146

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 146? Saturday 9th March, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 146? Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas

What channel is UFC Fight Night 146 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 146? 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 146? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Tim Boetsch returns after nearly a year out. ‘The Barbarian’ has been around for a hot minute, making his UFC debut all the way back in 2008, and has since compiled 23 UFC fights. He has experienced mixed fortunes in the octagon but he has come up against some of the best middleweights including Luke Rockhold, Dan Henderson and Jacare Souza and is hoping to bounce back from a submission loss to Antonio Carlos Junior.

Omari Akhmedov, another grappling beast from Dagestan, had a two-fight win streak interrupted by a draw with Martin Vettori. The Russian has not quite lived up to his potential since joining the UFC but is hoping to remind everyone of his ability against the veteran.

THE PREDICTION

As well as Akhmedov’s impressive grappling credentials he is also a ferocious striker, so it is a surprise he has not had more success in the octagon. He will look to hurt Boetsch on the feet and finish him on the ground if necessary.

‘The Barbarian’ will feel his Wrestling can subdue the takedown threat and will be very confident in his stand-up skills. With his experience and knockout power he will be dangerous in every round but the Russian looks more comfortable at middleweight and if he doesn’t find a finish he is likely to earn the decision.

Winner: Akhmedov via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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