September 22, 2023 12:18 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Jacob Malkoun vs Cody Brundage at UFC Fight Night 228

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When is UFC Fight Night 228? Saturday 23rd September, 2023 - 22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 228? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Fight Night 228? Click here to buy tickets for UFC Fight Night

What channel is UFC Fight Night 228 on? TNT Sports 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 228? TNT Sports subscribers can stream the fight online via the TNT Sports website and Discovery+

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!


After Jacob Malkoun’s (7-2) devastating knockout loss on debut to Phil Hawes (2020), he has gone 3-2 in the UFC. All his fights since have ended via unanimous decision grinding out wins over Abdul Razak Alhassan (2021) and AJ Dobson (2021) before losing to Brendan Allen (2022). He then beat fellow grappler Nick Maximov (2022) four months later in October, but we have not seen him since.

Cody Brundage (8-5) has been more active fighting twice this year already, but unfortunately for him, he is on a three-fight skid. He ended 2022 by getting knocked out by Michal Oleksiejczuk in the first round. He then got submitted by Rodolfo Vieira (2023) and outpointed by Sedriques Dumas back in June.


On paper, this is a battle of wrestlers. However, Brundage is more comfortable on the feet and will hunt the knockout. Malkoun also throws wild looping shots but uses them to set up the takedown.

We often see wrestlers cancel their skills out forcing a stand-up battle. However, after seeing Malkoun’s success against Maximov taking him down nine times, we fully expect Malkoun to chain his takedowns together.

Brundage is certainly a knockout threat and there is value on him as the underdog. However, we do not have faith he will be able to execute a strategy or even have one for that matter, so we expect the Aussie to grind out another decision.

Prediction: Malkoun via Decision

Value bet: Brundage via KO/TKO

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