MMA Preview – Joaquim Silva vs Nasrat Haqparast at UFC on ESPN 5

THE FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 5? Saturday 3rd August, 2019 - 18:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 5? Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

What channel is UFC on ESPN 5? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 5? 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 on ESPN 5? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Joaquim Silva flies up to New Jersey fresh from putting Jared Gordon to sleep on his feet but the highly touted Nasrat Haqparast meets him to stop any momentum as he is desperate to get more cage time and fulfil his potential.

Silva put on a great performance against Gordon, digging deep in the third round to get the finish, and it was a great response after suffering the first loss of his career to Vinc Pichel.

Kelvin Gastelum’s lookalike Haqparast earned his UFC shot after stringing eight knockouts in a row. However, he got a full taste of the elevated level of competition losing a decision to Marcin Held on his debut. Now, he is coming off two wins, decisions over Marc Diakiese and Thibault Gouti, discovering knockouts are harder to come by at this level.

THE PREDICTION

Both men are exhilarating strikers and will look to get the job done on the feet. This will make it a war and as they both pack a lot of power a knockout is likely.

Haqparast is the crisper striker as Silva throws more wild and looping punches. If the German can avoid these then he can counter with more precision but he has to be patient, especially as the Brazilian has a habit of emptying his gas tank in search of the knockout and tiring himself out.

Judging on how well Haqparast employed his game plan against Diakiese, who is also a wild and dangerous striker, the youngster gets the nod and may even secure his first finish in the UFC.

Winner: Haqparast via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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