MMA Preview – Derrick Lewis vs Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 244

THE FACTS

When is UFC 244? Sunday 3rd October, 2019 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 244? Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

What channel is UFC 244 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 244? 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 244? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two heavyweight lumps head to Madison Square Garden for the first time as Derrick Lewis takes on Blagoy Ivanov.

After three wins in a row, Lewis crossed paths with two elite heavyweights. Firstly, he took on Daniel Cormier for the title but was predictably out grappled and eventually submitted. He then took on the former champion Junior dos Santos and was finished with an onslaught of punches in the second round.

Ivanov has flown in under the radar but after losing his debut to Dos Santos he looks to become a threat in the division. He bounced back with a hard-fought decision over Ben Rothwell and then enjoyed a more comfortable decision over Tai Tuivasa, handing the Aussie his second ever loss.

THE PREDICTION

Lewis is a bit of a ‘one trick pony’ but that one trick puts people to sleep. However, Ivanov has one of the best chins in the game and it will be fascinating to see if Lewis can topple the Bulgarian tank.

Ivanov is a mighty grappler, representing Bugaria in combat sambo, and has to try and tie Lewis up to nullify his deadly striking power. Lewis has great takedown defence but will tire come the third round so if Ivanov can avoid any early damage he should be able to grind out his third decision win in a row.

Winner: Ivanov via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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