MMA Preview – Gabriel Benitez vs Jonathan Pearce at UFC Vegas 25

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GABIREL BENITEZ VS JONATHAN PEARCE FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 25? Sunday 2nd May, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 25? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 25? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 25 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 25? 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!

GABIREL BENITEZ VS JONATHAN PEARCE LOWDOWN

Gabriel Benitez (22-8) is back after his vintage TKO win and ‘performance of the night’ against Justin Jaynes. It came after two losses on the bounce, but they were to beasts – Sodiq Yusuff who finished him with a TKO and then he stepped back up to lightweight to take on Omar Morales losing a unanimous decision.

Jonathan Pearce (10-4) also heads to the APEX coming off a brilliant TKO win. He took on Kai Kamaka III who is also on the card and had a great scrap eventually finishing him with ground-and-pound. It came after his UFC debut loss to the veteran Joe Lauzon who turned back the clock and pulled out a first round knockout – the first knockout loss of Pearce’s career.

GABIREL BENITEZ VS JONATHAN PEARCE PREDICTION

This will be an exciting and violent scrap. They are both aggressive and powerful strikers with solid gas tanks, but Pearce needs to focus on his grappling here. He is a good wrestler but considering the Benitez’s threat on the feet, his best bet is to grind out the rounds by keeping him on his back.

However, Benitez also has decent jiu-jitsu and he will be ready to snap on a guillotine when Pearce shoots in but, the difference will be on the feet. Benitez is a level above in the striking department with a speed and power advantage. His leg kicks in particular are absolutely devastating and he will only need to land a few to disable Pearce.

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