MMA Preview – Keita Nakamura vs Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 237

THE FACTS

When is Bellator 237? Sunday 29th December, 2019 - 03:00 start (UK)

Where is Bellator 237? Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan

What channel is Bellator 237 on? Sky Sports Main Event

Where can I stream Bellator 237? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the fight via the Sky Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the fight will be available to stream via the DAZN website and app

Are tickets still available for Bellator 237? https://intl.stubhub.com/rizin-fighting-federation-tickets/ca10998

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two UFC veterans feature on the Bellator Rizin card as Keita Nakamura welcomes Lorenz Larkin to Japan for the first time.

This will be Nakamura’s first fight under the Rizin banner, an opportunity that has come after another relatively unsuccessful stint in the UFC. His total UFC record ended at 4-7 but he picked up wins over impressive opponents in that time including submissions over Li Jingliang and Kyle Noke as well as decisions over Alex Morono and Salim Touahri.

Larkin made a name for himself at Strikeforce and joined the UFC undefeated after a decision win over Robbie Lawler. His UFC record was 5-5 but he decided that Bellator was a better fit for him. However, he lost his first two fights against Douglas Lima and Paul Daley, illustrating the top of the welterweight division in Bellator is no easier than in the UFC. However, he has responded with three decision wins on the bounce coming off the win over Andrey Koreshkov.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a technical battle in which Nakamura will be wise to get the fight to the floor to unleash his grappling skills. However, Larkin has great takedown defence and although he has not finished anyone since 2016, his knockout power is still there. The longer the fight stays on the feet, the more you have to favour Larkin but Nakamura’s toughness should keep him in the fight until the bell.

Winner: Larkin via Decision

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