MMA Preview – Davey Grant vs Louis Smolka at UFC Vegas 54
DAVEY GRANT VS LOUIS SMOLKA FACTS
When is UFC Vegas 54? Sunday 15th May, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Vegas 54? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 54? Click here for the tickets at the O2 Arena
What channel is UFC Vegas 54 on? BT Sport 1
Where can I stream UFC Vegas 54? 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!
DAVEY GRANT VS LOUIS SMOLKA LOWDOWN
Davey Grant (13-6) is coming off two losses, but they were both to two bantamweights we can see fighting for the title in the future. He rematched Marlon Vera (2021) losing a unanimous decision, but that does not look like a bad performance considering Vera is well on his way to a title shot. Grant then took on Adrian Yanez (2021) who is at the start of his UFC career but got all the makings of a future contender and the Brit took him to a split decision. Those losses snapped a three-fight win streak that included knockouts over Martin Day (2020) and Jonathan Martinez (2021) and now he would love to pick that form back up.
Louis Smolka (17-8) has been incredibly inconsistent in the UFC. After losing four in a row and getting cut, he returned to the big time in 2018 and submitted Su Mudaerji up at bantamweight. However, he then got submitted by Matt Schnell (2019), knocked out Ryan McDonald (2019), got submitted again by Casey Kenney (2020) responded with another TKO over Jose Alberto Quinonez (2020) but is coming off another first round finish getting sparked out cold by Vince Morales (2021).
DAVEY GRANT VS LOUIS SMOLKA PREDICTION
Smolka has a lot of skill, but he is 8-8 in the UFC now and just got knocked out which is a worry taking on someone with the power of Grant. The Brit has devastating hooks, countering with venom and he will only need one hit to turn the lights off.
Expect Grant to start with a furious pace, throwing flashy kicks and combinations. If the fight goes to the floor, Smolka will be confident, but Grant is also slick on the mat and should have too much for Smolka everywhere here and we are backing him to land his combinations and end the fight with one a clean hook.
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