MMA Preview – Sean Strickland vs Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Vegas 25

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SEAN STRICKLAND VS KRZYSZTOF JOTKO FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 25? Sunday 2nd May, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 25? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 25? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 25 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 25? 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 STRICKLAND VS KRZYSZTOF JOTKO LOWDOWN

After a motorbike accident requiring knee surgery kept him out for two years, Sean Strickland (22-3) is back and it was like he never left. His three losses were to savages – Santiago Ponzinibbio (2015), Kamaru Usman (2017) and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (2018) and after getting knocked out and highlight reeled by dos Santos, he responded by knocking out Nordine Taleb and then suffered the accident. He made his comeback moving up to middleweight in a kind match-up against Jack Marshman earning a unanimous decision and then clearly wanted to make up for lost time by taking on Brendan Allen a couple weeks later and finished him in the second round via TKO.

Krysztof Jotko (22-4) is on a resurgence of his own after a three-fight skid. He lost a split decision to David Branch to halt his momentum and then it got crushed by Uriah Hall and Brad Tavares with TKO’s. However, he bounced back with a unanimous decision over Alen Amedovski, a split decision over Marc-Andre Barriault and is coming off another unanimous decision over Eryk Anders which was nearly a year ago in May.

SEAN STRICKLAND VS KRZYSZTOF JOTKO PREDICTION

They match up very similarly physically, but Strickland will have the power advantage. Strickland is an orthodox boxer and very efficient with his jab and short combinations so Jotko needs to make this an awkward and scrappy fight.

Expect him to mix in takedowns and keep moving from his southpaw stance. Strickland will be open for Jotko to land to his jab and leg kicks but Jotko’s lack of power should swing this in Strickland’s favour.

If Strickland can avoid the takedown and clinch he should have enough to hurt Jotko and even earn a late knockout but this will be a close scrap with Jotko holding all the value as the underdog.

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

Value Bet: Jotko via Decision

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