MMA Preview – Khadis Ibragimov vs Danilo Marques at UFC 253

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When is UFC 253? Sunday 27th September, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 253? Flash Forum, Fight Island, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 253? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC 253 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 253? 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!


Khadis Ibragimov arrived to the UFC with some serious pedigree as the M-1 light heavyweight champion but he has had a rough time in the octagon. He arrived with an 8-0 record but got submitted on his debut against Da Un Jung, then lost a unanimous decision to Ed Herman and is coming off a violent knockout courtesy of a Roman Dolidze knee.

Danilo Marques makes his UFC debut. The 34-year-old Brazilian is 9-2 and is coming off two wins for the Gladiator Combat Fight promotion although his last fight was in February 2018. He submitted Marck Polimeno in July 2017 and that latest win is a unanimous decision against Cleiton Caetano.


Marques is buzzing to make his debut but after a long spell out the game and now making the step-up to the UFC, it is unclear what kind of shape he is in. He has three inches of height on Ibragimov but has virtually the same reach.

All the pressure is on Ibragimov. He is expected to and on paper, he has all the tools to get the win but four wins in a row and to a rusty newcomer could spell the end of his UFC career. That said, we are backing him to get the much-needed win and show off the skills that got him to the UFC.

Prediction: Ibragimov via Decision

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