May 12, 2022 9:44 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Jake Hadley vs Allan Nascimento at UFC Vegas 54

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When is UFC Vegas 54? Sunday 15th May, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 54? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 54? Click here for the tickets at the O2 Arena

What channel is UFC Vegas 54 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 54? 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!


The Brummie, Jake Hadley (8-0) is fresh off his Contender Series win in October last year when he wrapped up a rear-naked choke on Mitch Raposo in the second round. That came after his dominant unanimous decision win over Luke Shanks to claim the Cage Warriors flyweight championship extending his unbeaten record which contains four submissions and two knockouts.

He takes on Allan Nascimento (18-6) who did not have the same luck on his Contender Series audition losing a split decision to the established Raulian Paiva (2018). He responded with a submission over Elivaldo Lima Martins (2021) for PDA to earn his UFC shot, but it did not go to plan losing another split decision to Tagir Ulanbekov (2021).


Thankfully this has been rescheduled after Hadley got injured before the UFC Fight Night 204 London card. He is an exciting flyweight prospect and we expect see his grappling prowess at the APEX this weekend.

Nascimento has a wealth of experience fighting quality competition. He is a big flyweight and also has great jiu-jitsu, but he struggles with wrestlers as we saw in his fight with Ulanbekov. The Brazilian is more experienced, a better striker and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but Hadley can snatch the rounds by pinning him to the canvas with his wrestling.

We are backing the Brummie to grind out a decision or even find a submission, but if he struggles to secure the takedown, Nascimento can eat him up on the feet and represents all of the value as the underdog.

Prediction: Hadley via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Prediction: Nascimento to win

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