MMA Preview – Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera at UFC 252

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SEAN O'MALLEY VS MARLON VERA FACTS

When is UFC 252? Sunday 16th August, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 252? UFC APEX Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

What channel is UFC 252 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 252? 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!

SEAN O'MALLEY VS MARLON VERA STATISTICS

Stats sourced via ufcstats.com
Stats sourced via Ewan Lavender's UFC Form Guide

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SEAN O'MALLEY VS MARLON VERA LOWDOWN

Sean O’Malley has all the hype right now coming off that spectacular walk-off knockout over Eddie Wineland two months ago and the UFC are clearly big fans placing him on the co-main event. All the hype comes from boasting an unbeaten record with an exciting skill set and rocketing from score behind only the champion Petr Yan.

Marlon Vera represents a substantial step-up in standard. His form was also surging after five finishes in a row (three knockouts and two submissions) but he is coming off a loss to Song Yadong. He somehow lost the fight via a unanimous decision, but the it was very close and few people would have raised an eyebrow of the decision went in Vera’s favour.

SEAN O'MALLEY VS MARLON VERA PREDICTION

We are well aware of Vera’s submission threat and O’Malley is very underrated on the ground, but this fight is likely to take place on the feet.

If O’Malley can get past Vera in any way, the hype is real. Vera will force the pace which could get him in trouble. The range, movement and accuracy of O’Malley is the difference and with the rate in which he is improving, we could easily see another knockout.

Winner: O’Malley via KO/TKO

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