MMA Preview – Roman Dolidze vs Laureano Staropoli at UFC Vegas 28

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ROMAN DOLIDZE VS LAUREANO STAROPOLI FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 28? Saturday 5th June, 2021 -22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 28? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 28? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 28 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 28? 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!

ROMAN DOLIDZE VS LAUREANO STAROPOLI LOWDOWN

Roman Dolidze (8-1) appears after suffering the first loss of her career. He made his UFC debut after 19 months out but made a statement throwing a vicious head kick with his knee cracking Khadis Ibragimov leaving him unaware what day it was. He followed it up with a split decision over John Allan and then decided to step down to middleweight where he took on Trevin Giles back in March but he suffered his first setback losing a unanimous decision.

Laureano Staropoli (9-3) is without a win since May 2019 which is a surprise considering his potential and how good he looked after his first two UFC fights. He earnt unanimous decisions over Hector Aldana (2018) and Thiago Alves (2019) to extend his record to 9-1 but then ran into the Russian assassin Muslim Salikhov. He lost another unanimous decision and then returned nearly a year later in August last year only to receive the same fate, this time against Tim Means.

ROMAN DOLIDZE VS LAUREANO STAROPOLI PREDICTION

Staropoli takes this fight on short notice replacing Alessio Di Chirico and steps up to middleweight which will be very interesting as he missed the 170 lb mark in his last fight so he could look better.

Dolidze has fought most his career at 205 lbs so he will be the bigger man and will boast a four-and-a-half-inch reach advantage. He will look to make this count as he fires from range, particularly his kicks to the calf, body and head. He is also a very strong grappler and will look to utilise his power advantage when the distance closes by tying him up in the clinch and pressing him up against the fence.

Staropoli will have the edge when it comes to speed and cardio. It is hard to see him knocking out or submitting Dolidze so he needs to utilise his movement to avoid the power kicks and the takedown to drag the fight into the third round when the Georgian will begin to tire.

If Staropoli can snatch the second round and finish strong in the third, he has a chance to earn a decision, but he have to back Dolidze who has had a full training camp and is the bigger and more powerful man. As long as he paces himself and improves his striking defence, he should be able inflict enough damage on the feet and control him with his grappling.

Prediction: Dolidze via KO/TKO - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Staropoli via Decision

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