MMA Preview – Jamie Pickett vs Joseph Holmes at UFC on ESPN 32
JAMIE PICKETT VS JOSEPH HOLMES FACTS
When is UFC on ESPN 32? Saturday 15th January, 2022 - 22:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC on ESPN 32? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 32? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events
What channel is UFC on ESPN 32 on? BT Sport 1
Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 32? 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!
JAMIE PICKETT VS JOSEPH HOLMES LOWDOWN
Jamie Pickett (12-6) is fresh off the biggest win of his career earning a classy unanimous decision over Laureano Staropoli to collect his first win in the UFC and keep his place on the roster. He originally earnt the call-up by knocking out Jhonoven Pati (2020) on the Contender Series but lost his first two fights – a unanimous decision to Tafon Nchukwi (2020) and a first-round knockout to Jordan Wright (2021).
Pickett was scheduled to fight Caio Borralho, but the Brazilian pulled out giving Joseph Holmes (7-1) the opportunity for his debut. The Texan is coming in hot with seven finishes on the bounce (five submissions and two knockouts). His last submission was over Shonte Barnes (2021) on the Contender Series but like Pickett, it was a knockout over Pati that convinced the UFC he is ready.
JAMIE PICKETT VS JOSEPH HOLMES PREDICTION
Pickett still has everything to prove and a dominant loss to the newcomer will put more pressure on his UFC tenure. Unfortunately for him, Holmes is a quality fighter. He does not have any notable wins on the record, but he is a natural finisher.
Pickett has gained some much-needed confidence and is a dangerous striker from his southpaw stance. He also has a huge 80-inch reach, but that is matched by Holmes who along with Adesanya is the tallest middleweight standing at 6’4”.
Holmes is also a good striker and is also very dangerous on the ground. He is brimming with confidence, and we feel he has the edge in every area and if he can get Pickett to the ground either by rocking him dragging him down, he could pick up his sixth submission.
Prediction: Holmes via Submission - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)
Value Bet: Pickett to win