January 15, 2021 12:00 PM
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Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Carlos Felipe vs Justin Tafa at UFC Fight Island 7

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CARLOS FELIPE VS JUSTIN TAFA FACTS

When is UFC Fight Island 7? Saturday 16th January, 2021 - 20:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Island 7? Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Fight Island 7? No tickets are available as this event will take place with a limited amount of spectators

What channel is UFC Fight Island 7 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Island 7? 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!

CARLOS FELIPE VS JUSTIN TAFA LOWDOWN

Carlos Felipe (9-1) bounced back after suffering the first loss of his career last year. After eight wins, he met Sergey Spivak on his UFC debut losing a majority decision. He returned three months later to take on Yorgan De Castro and outclassed the Cape Verde native earning a unanimous decision.

Justin Tafa (4-1) also bounced back from the first loss of his career last year. After colliding with De Castro and his monstrous right hand, he suffered a brutal knockout loss on his UFC debut in October 2019. He returned to fight Juan Adams in February last year as the underdog but got back to his old ways with a first-round knockout sending him out of the UFC.

CARLOS FELIPE VS JUSTIN TAFA PREDICTION

These rotund sluggers are likely to stand and trade until someone falls. Tafa will be the underdog again but he has the power to cause the upset in a second. Felipe will be aware of this and if he can successfully avoid Tafa’s hands, he should pick up the win.

Felipe has the power to get the knockout himself, so a knockout is likely either way, but we back Felipe to weather the first round and finish stronger to seal a decision or late knockout.

Prediction: Felipe via KO/TKO

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