MMA Preview – Gabriel Silva vs Kyler Phillips at UFC Fight Night 169

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 169? Sunday 1st March, 2020 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 169? Chartway Arena, Norfolk, Virginia

What channel is UFC Fight Night 169 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 169? 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 169? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Bantamweights Gabriel Silva and Kyler Phillips kick off the main card in Norfolk Virginia.

Silva is coming off the first loss of his career which came on his UFC debut back in July last year at UFC on ESPN 4. Ray Borg snapped his eight-fight winning streak, wrestling his way to a unanimous decision and landing six out of nine takedowns.

Phillips also only has one loss on his record which came after his TKO win over James Gray Jr. on Dana White’s Contender Series. He did not get a UFC contract and lost his next fight to Victor Henry but after a knockout over Emeka Ifekandu a year ago, Phillips has eventually got his shot.

THE PREDICTION

Silva has a lot of power for a bantamweight, particularly in his hands. He is a heavy hitter but also a technical boxer and after his fight with Borg he will hope this stays on the feet. Luckily for him Phillips will oblige, though he is also a dangerous striker and he will look to stay out of boxing range to hurt Silva from a distance with a variety of kicks.

All of their knockouts have come in the first round so expect both to start fast. This fight should be a ferocious pace with high outputs, with Phillip getting the nod if he can control the range.

Winner: Phillips via Decision

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