April 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Last modified date: April 08, 2021 11:37 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Hunter Azure vs Jack Shore at UFC Vegas 23

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HUNTER AZURE VS JACK SHORE FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 23? Saturday 10th April, 2021 - 18:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 23? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 23? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 23 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 23? 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!

HUNTER AZURE VS JACK SHORE LOWDOWN

Hunter Azure’s (9-1) only loss on the record was when he moved up to featherweight to take on Brian Kelleher. It was a great scrap and he even picked up a ‘fight of the night’ bonus, but he ended up getting knocked out in the second round. He returned four months later in September last year and got straight back in the win column with a unanimous decision over Cole Smith.

Jack Shore (13-0) is yet to taste defeat as he makes his third UFC appearance. He arrived to the UFC after smashing it under the Cage Warriors banner and only went to the bell once. He continued his predator behaviour stepping up into the UFC notching the seventh and eighth submissions of his career over Nohelin Hernandez in 2019 and then Aaron Phillips in July last year.

HUNTER AZURE VS JACK SHORE PREDICTION

This is a great match-up between two young bantamweight prospects and an impressive win will really catapult them up the pecking order.

The striking exchanges will be very interesting and Azure will try and keep the fight on the feet at all costs. Shore will be happy to trade and will be dangerous, but he will be waiting to pounce on any opportunity to take Azure’s back.

Azure is a good grappler himself and he has never been in any real danger on the ground so it will be very interesting to see what happens if the fight goes to the floor. We expect this fight to be very evenly unless Shore gets an early takedown.

Azure has good takedown defence but Shore’s wrestling will be relentless. If Shore can defend the heavy shots and leg kicks and time his takedown attempts, he can find the opening he needs to take the back or earn top position to ultimately find another submission.

Prediction: Shore via Submission

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