MMA Preview – Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 240

THE FACTS

When is UFC 240? Sunday 28th July, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 240? Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

What channel is UFC 240? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 240? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT 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 240? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The Canadian Gangster makes his third appearance in a row on home soil and is desperate to prevent a third loss but his matchups do not get any easier as Arman Tsarukyan flies over to spoil the party.

Aubin-Mercier strung four very impressive wins together prior to his two recent losses. He beat Thibault Gouti, Drew Dober, Rocco Martin and Evan Dunham but went on to lose decisions to Alexander Hernandez and Gilbert Burns.

As for Tsarukyan, he was unbeaten going into his UFC debut with Islam Makhachev. It was a baptism of fire as Makhachev, who trains with Khabib Nurmagomedov, is championship calibre but Tsarukyan surprised everyone with an excellent performance despite losing the decision. The Russian was expected to ragdoll Tsarukyan but he held his own in the grappling exchanges and even became the first fighter to take Makhachev down.

THE PREDICTION

Tsarukyan proved he is an exceptional talent and this will be a tremendously hard task for Aubin-Mercier. Tsarukyan proved he is a beast of a grappler but he also made a name for himself with his striking and knockout power.

The Canadian’s bread and butter is his grappling, in particular his Judo, so the grappling battle will be fascinating. Although Tsarukyan’s stats look woeful, bear in mind these are based off his fight with Machachev and Aubin-Mercier will be well aware of the threat on the feet.

Aubin-Mercier needs to have a solid game plan and call upon his experience to subdue his counterpart, but we feel Tsarukyan is the dark horse in the division and may surprise a lot of people on the night.

Winner: Tsarukyan via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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