MMA Preview – Michael Johnson vs Jamie Mullarkey at UFC Vegas 58
MICHAEL JOHNSON VS JAMIE MULLARKEY FACTS
When is UFC Vegas 58? Sunday 10th July, 2022 - 00:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Vegas 58? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 58? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events
What channel is UFC Vegas 58 on? BT Sport 1
Where can I stream UFC Vegas 58? 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!
MICHAEL JOHNSON VS JAMIE MULLARKEY LOWDOWN
Michael Johnson (20-17) has the most unflattering record in the UFC, but he still has skills. He has fought a ‘who’s who’ of lightweight assassins in his long UFC career which started all the way back in 2010. In that time, he has collected the valuable scalps of Tony Ferguson (2012), Edson Barboza (2015) and Dustin Poirier (2016). However, four losses on the bounce brought his UFC record down to 12-13 last year. He was then paired with Alan Patrick and turned back the clock to knock him out in vintage fashion.
Jamie Mullarkey (14-5) returns after suffering his third knockout. He just put on two of the best performances of his career TKOing Khama Worthy and Devonte Smith last year but ran into the surging Jalin Turner back in March. Turner could easily be a future title contender, but Mullarkey needs to show that same character to bounce back like he did when he lost his first two UFC fights and has a good match-up here to do so.
MICHAEL JOHNSON VS JAMIE MULLARKEY PREDICTION
This is a tough fight for the veteran and a great opportunity for Mullarkey to add a big name to the record. Johnson’s consistency has always been his issue losing fights he should win, but when he is on, his speed and hands are enough to trouble anyone.
If the Johnson that fought Patrick turns up, Mullarkey’s chin is getting tested. His recent knockout loss to Turner was worrying as he was left as a wreck on the canvas, so he cannot afford to trade with Johnson.
He is a good striker, but he does not have the speed to keep up, however he has the cardio and grappling to smother Johnson and shut him down. If he embraces the grind while mixing in strikes with level changes to close the distance, we can see the Aussie bagging all three rounds at least with value on Johnson as a significant underdog.
Prediction: Mullarkey via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)
Value Bet: Johnson to win