MMA Preview – Alex Perez vs Manel Kape at UFC on ESPN 43
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ALEX PEREZ VS MANEL KAPE FACTS
When is UFC on ESPN 43? Saturday 25th March, 2023 - 21:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC on ESPN 43? AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 43? Click here to buy tickets for UFC Fight Night
What channel is UFC on ESPN 43 on? BT Sport 2
Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 43? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!
ALEX PEREZ VS MANEL KAPE LOWDOWN
Not many people would have thought Alex Perez (24-7) would be without a win in nearly three years. Inactivity has not helped only fighting twice but he got ruthlessly submitted by Deiveson Figueiredo (2020) in his title fight and submitted again by Alexandre Pantoja (2022).
In contrasting form, Manel Kape (18-6) is on a three-fight streak after losing his first two UFC fights. He bounced back with vintage knockouts over Ode Osbourne (2021) and Zhalgas Zhumagulov (2021) and followed that up with a unanimous decision over David Dvorak (2022).
ALEX PEREZ VS MANEL KAPE PREDICTION
This is a very important fight for Perez to prove he can fight for a title again. However, this is a very tough fight to bounce back as Kape has never looked better.
He is a good wrestler, but his striking has been electrifying. He is accurate and boasts deadly knockout power in his hands. He will have the speed advantage, but what will make the stand-up contest interesting, is that Perez boasts some of the best leg kicks in the division.
We fully expect Perez to try and chop down Kape’s lead right leg to disable the power and movement. His wrestling could also be key here. Kape is also a good wrestler, but Perez can time his level-changes and tie Kape up to assume some control time.
We expect this to be a very even contest so considering the odds, Perez holds all of the value especially if he incorporates his leg kicks and wrestling. However, we are backing the form, speed and power of Kape.
Prediction: Kape via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)
Value bet: Perez to win