MMA Preview – Kai Kamaka vs Tony Kelley at UFC 252

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THE FACTS

When is UFC 252? Sunday 16th August, 2020 – 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 252? UFC APEX Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

What channel is UFC 252? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 252? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the UFC 252 will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Where can I get tickets for UFC 252? This event will take place without spectators

THE LOWDOWN

25-year-old Kai Kamaka makes his UFC debut here in a fight that has been scheduled at the last minute after another fight fell through in fight week. The Hawaiian native is riding a five-fight win streak and brings a 7-2 record into this fight. All of his last five victories have come via the judges’ scorecards as he has fought in KOTC, Bellator and LFA.

Tony Kelley also gets the call to step up to the big time here after just six pro fights and he will be keen to make his mark. He comes off a submission win over Andy Brossett in May 2019 but his last fight prior to that came in July 2016 when he suffered his only career loss to Kevin Aguilar. The lack of activity could be an issue for the 33-year-old but there will be no shortage of motivation in what is comfortably the biggest fight of his career.

THE PREDICTION

Given the inexperience of both Kai Kamaka and Tony Kelley, this is one of the more unpredictable bouts on the undercard. The major concern around Kelley is the lack of activity he has had in recent years with just one fight in the last four years. That has to give Kamaka an advantage and he has had several fights during that time and in multiple organisations. He has struggled to stop his opponents however during his current five-fight win streak but he can grind another decision in.

Winner: Kamaka via decision

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