MMA Preview – Andrew Sanchez vs Makmud Muradov at UFC 257

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When is UFC 257? Sunday 24th January, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 257? Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 257? No tickets are available as this event will take place with a limited number of spectators

What channel is UFC 257 on? BT Sport 1 (prelims) BT Sport Box Office (£19.95)

Where can I stream UFC 257? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website and app

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!


Andrew Sanchez (12-5) is coming off his most impressive win to date. He met Wellington Turman back in August and showed the power of the mullet sparking him in the first round claiming his first ‘performance of the night’ bonus. That made it 5-3 in the UFC for Sanchez and he needs a long run to make any impression in the middleweight division.

The perfect opportunity for an impression is a win over Makmud Muradov (24-6) who is on a 13-fight win streak and touted as future top contender. He has only had two UFC fights but his debut was a unanimous decision over Alessio Di Chirico and then followed it up with a ruthless knockout over Trevor Smith. However, that last appearance was in December 2019 and considering that was his sixth fight that year, he is not used to being inctive.


This is a step-up in competition for Muradov, but we expect the same result. Sanchez is a wrestler by trade and that has to be his plan ‘A’ and only plan as Muradov is an absolute weapon on the feet.

Considering how good Sanchez looked against Turman, he may have the confidence to stand with the Uzbekistan native and if he does, it will not end well. If Sanchez looks for the early takedowns, he can win each round but the longer he stands the more likely a knockout is as Muradov has the technique to match his raw power.

Prediction: Muradov via KO/TKO

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