MMA Preview – Derek Brunson vs Ian Heinisch at UFC 241

THE FACTS

When is UFC 241? Sunday 18th July, 2019 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 241? Honda Center, Anaheim, California

What channel is UFC 241 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 241? 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+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 241? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Derek Brunson and Ian Heinisch kick off the main card in Anaheim hoping to join the queue of middleweight title contenders, but only an impressive finish will get them in line.

In Brunson’s last fight against Elias Theodorou many felt Brunson needed exactly that to pick up the win. Theodorou’s awkwardness led to many dull decisions but uncharacteristically, Brunson kept his composure and implemented a game plan to beat the Canadian at his own game. It was an impressive performance after two crushing knockout losses to Jacare Souza and Israel Adesanya.

Heinisch is also coming off an impressive decision. He took on Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Antonio Carlos Junior and stifled his grappling remarkably. This was an incredibly tough assignment for a second UFC bout but he proved he is up to the standard and has earned a completely different opponent, stylistically, but just as tough.

THE PREDICTION

They are both great wrestlers, especially Brunson, but we are likely to see explosive exchanges on the feet. Heinisch has a monstrous over-hand right which has put many foes to sleep and his aggression is likely to coax Brunson out into his natural brawling habitat.

Brunson packs so much power he does not need to land often to finish but when he smells blood he becomes wild and unorthodox, neutralizing his reach advantage, which will leave the door open for Heinisch to connect.

Winner: Heinisch via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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