MMA Preview – Kyung Ho Kang vs Liu Pingyuan at UFC Fight Night 165

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 165? Saturday 21st December, 2019 - 08:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 165? Sajik Arena, Busan, South Korea

What channel is UFC Fight Night 165 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 165? 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 165? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Kicking off the main card in Busan, South Korea is China’s Liu Pingyuan and the hometown boy Kyung Ho Kang.

Kang has only lost once in his last six fights which was a split decision to Ricardo Ramos. However, he impressively bounced back, cinching the 11th submission of his career over Teruto Ishihara and is coming off a split decision over his toughest opponent so far in Brandon Davis.

The young Chinese is coming off a hellacious knockout courtesy of Johnathan Martinez. Martinez landed a brutal knee in the third round of their fight back in July which snapped an impressive nine-fight winning streak, including two UFC wins and decisions over Damian Stasiak and Martin Day.

THE PREDICTION

Kang fights in his hometown here but he has not fought in South Korea since 2012 so he will be champing at the bit to put on a show in Busan. It will be interesting to see how Pingyuan responds to that knockout as he will have to be at the top of his game to get past Kang.

Kang has improved a lot since his military service and he will be confident of not getting finished by Pingyuan. His grappling could make all the difference with brilliant takedowns and if he can wear Pingyuan down, he could even pull off another submission.

Winner: Kang via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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