MMA Preview – Jan Blachowicz vs Ronaldo Souza at UFC Fight Night 164

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 164? Saturday 16th November, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 164? Ginasio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil

What channel is UFC Fight Night 164? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 164? 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 164? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza looks to make a splash in the light heavyweight division and has no time to waste as he is welcomed by the #6 ranked Jan Blachowicz.

Blachowicz gave the best response possible after suffering a brutal TKO loss to Thiago Santos back in February this year which snapped a four-fight winning streak. He welcomed another former middleweight, Luke Rockhold, to the division and smoked the former champion in the second round.

Jacare just will not give up hopes of winning a UFC belt. He has been on the verge of a title shot for years, especially after finishes over the likes of Vitor Belfort, Tim Boetsch, Derek Brunson and Chris Weidman, but he has come up short against Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum and Jack Hermansson who he lost a one-sided decision to in his last fight, which has sparked the move up to 205 lbs.

THE PREDICTION

Jacare at light heavyweight is a fascinating prospect but the decision may have come too late in his career. However, despite being 39 years old, he is still a weapon with some of the most dangerous ground skills in the sport and improved knockout power on the feet.

That said, this is not a great match-up for him. Blachowicz has the grappling skills and experience to avoid the submission threat and will have the size, power, technique and importantly, a six-inch reach advantage which will only become more potent as Jacare begins to tire.

Winner: Blachowicz via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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