MMA Preview – Josh Parisian vs Roque Martinez at UFC Vegas 29

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JOSH PARISIAN VS ROQUE MARTINEZ FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 29? Sunday 20th June, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 29? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 29? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 29 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 29? 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!

JOSH PARISIAN VS ROQUE MARTINEZ LOWDOWN

Josh Parisian (13-4) came into the UFC hot with a six-fight win streak, knocking out every opponent out in the first-round bar one. He fought for a variety of regional promotions and got the call-up after his second appearance on the Contender Series. First time around back in 2018, a spinning backfist knockout somehow was not enough to earn the contract but he made sure in August putting Chad Johnson to bed with a ruthless knockout. However, he failed his first UFC test against Parker Porter losing a unanimous decision so there are questions marks about whether he can hang in the organisation.

The same questions are hanging over Roque Martinez’s (15-7-2) head after losing his first two UFC fights. He came to the UFC with mixed fortunes for Rizin and Deep but was coming off knockouts over Seigo Mizuguchi (Deep) and Hideki Sekine (Rizin). However, he was completely outclassed on his debut getting mauled and submitted by Alexander Romanov and then made a quick return two months later later November but lost a unanimous decision to Don’Tale Mayes.

JOSH PARISIAN VS ROQUE MARTINEZ PREDICTION

Whoever loses will be lucky to keep their job here. They are not going to make a dent in the rankings anytime soon, so they need wins at this level just to keep their head above water.

Parisian will have a significant size and power advantage. He has to cut weight to make the 265 lb mark whereas Martinez is just an overweight light heavyweight. He will be giving up a seven-inch reach and six-inch height advantage and will make a difference.

Martinez has the edge in speed and cardio but as this is likely to be a slow-paced fight, we expect Parisian to land the heavier shots and leverage his weight in the clinch to control Martinez against the fence. He should be able to smother him and if he can secure a takedown, he will be easy prey for Parisian’s ground-and-pound.

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