MMA Preview – Karl Roberson vs Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night 171

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 171? Thursday 14th May, 2020 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 171? VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

What channel is UFC Fight Night 171 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 171 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 171? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

After Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori both had fights scrapped due to the postponement and restrictions caused by the current pandemic, they cross paths which should be a fantastic fight.

After a decision over Wellington Turman and a submission over Roman Kopylov, Roberson was scheduled to fight Makhmud Muradov at UFC 249 but he could not fly out due to travel restrictions.

Vettori was expected to fight Darren Stewart in London before UFC Fight Night 171 was cancelled. Fortunately, we will get to see the Italian back in action as he looks 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 but exciting fight. 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 Vettori gets the nod.

Winner: Vettori via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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