MMA Preview – Karl Roberson vs Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night 172

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 172? Sunday 14th June, 2020 – 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 172? The APEX Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada

What channel is UFC Fight Night 172 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 172? 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!

THE STATISTICS

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric
Stats sourced via Ewan Lavender's UFC Form Guide

Click here for Ewan Lavender's full UFC Form Guide

THE LOWDOWN

After various fight cancellations and postponements, Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori finally meet at UFC Fight Night 172 in what has to be the most fascinating fight on the card.

Roberson is ready after dropping out of his fight with Vettori at the last minute at UFC Fight Night 171 due to a botched weight cut. Roberson was also scheduled to fight Makhmud Muradov at UFC 249, but he could not fly out due to travel restrictions. He now meets an angry Vettori and comes into this fight with two wins - a decision over over Wellington Turman and a submission over Roman Kopylov.

Vettori was also scheduled to fight Darren Stewart in London before UFC Fight Night 171 and he has been raging with all the disruption. He went off on Roberson in the hotel lobby after the American dropped out last minute and the Italian's frustrations are understandable but he needs a cool head to build on his own two-fight winning streak (decisions over Cezar Ferreira and Andrew Sanchez).

THE PREDICTION

These two tough and powerful middleweights are expected to put on an attritional and exciting battle. Roberson is a beast with many tools in the locker as a top grappler and almost put Glover Teixeira away with his hands which very few of the elite have managed to do.

However, Vettori is also a beast and we have not seen the best of him yet. He should be able to take everything Roberson can throw at him. He can also grapple and is an excellent technical striker with a great chin. This will be competitive, but it could be the start of a long streak for Vettori.

Winner: Vettori via Decision

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