Date: Sunday 3rd February, 1am (UK)
Location: Belém, Brazil
Venue: Arena Guilherme Paraense
A big heavyweight clash graces the main card in Belém between Timothy Johnson and Marcelo Golm. This will be Johnson’s fourth fight abroad in his last five fights, with wins over Marcin Tybura (Croatia) and Daniel Omielanczuk (England) but a loss against Alexander Volkov in Northern Ireland.
Golm has a growing expectation even though he has only fought once in the UFC and Johnson is looking to inflict the first loss of his career. He has a great build as a heavyweight with thunderous power as well as speed and agility which should give him the physical edge over Johnson.
Johnson has proven power with exceptional Wrestling to match which Golm will be desperate to avoid. Although the stats do not indicate much of a takedown defence, these are only based off his one UFC fight where Christian Colombo took him down. However, Golm went on to finish Colombo with a superb rear-naked choke, showing his diversity of threats.
That said, Golm will naturally hunt the knockout but will have to be careful of Johnson’s own power as well as his takedowns. See below for the statistical breakdown:
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.