MMA Preview – Damir Ismagulov vs Guram Kutateladze at UFC on ESPN 37
DAMIR ISMAGULOV VS GURAM KUTATELADZE FACTS
When is UFC on ESPN 37? Sunday 19th June, 2022 - 12:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC on ESPN 37? Moody Center, Austin, Texas (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 37? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events
What channel is UFC on ESPN 37 on? BT Sport 1
Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 37? 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!
DAMIR ISMAGULOV VS GURAM KUTATELADZE LOWDOWN
Damir Ismagulov (20-1) is riding a 15-fight win streak and has only fought once since August 2019 – unacceptable. That fight was a unanimous decision win over Rafael Alves over a year ago which made it four unanimous decision wins out of his four UFC caps. After defending the M-1 lightweight championship a couple times back in 2018, he added Alex Gorgees (2018) then Joel Alvarez (2019) and Thiago Moises (2019) to the dub column which continue to age well. Now, he just needs to stay in that octagon and show the fans what he is capable of.
Guram Kutateladze (12-2) is flying completely under the radar in the lightweight division. That is because he has only had one fight in the UFC, but he has all the skills to climb his way up the packed rankings. He is on a healthy win streak himself with nine and after his comeback knockout over Felipe Silva (2019) for Brave CF he got the call up to make his debut. He met one of the hottest prospects in Europe - Mateusz Gamrot and managed to scrape a split decision win to hand the Pole his first loss.
DAMIR ISMAGULOV VS GURAM KUTATELADZE PREDICTION
Ismagulov has been inactive with his last fight being over a year ago, but Kutateladze has not fought since October 2020. It is going to be very interesting to see how they look and whether there is any rustiness.
One thing we can be sure about is that they will bring an elite level of martial arts to the table. Ismagulov is right at the top of the food chain when it comes to striking. He has speed, power with excellent timing and distance control. Kutateladze is also a devastating striker with ferocious power and they can both grapple.
So, this is bound to be extremely competitive with the majority of the fight remaining of the feet. Ismagulov is the favourite and on paper we can see why. He has the experience, reach and technique to land more volume, but the Georgian has the tools to cause the upset.
He possesses thunderous kicks and if he can land to the legs and body of the Russian early, he can slow him down and pick up momentum. This is tough to call, and we are leaning slightly towards Ismagulov winning a close decision, but all the value is on Kutateladze.
Prediction: Ismagulov via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)
Prediction: Kutateladze to win