MMA Preview – Shamil Gamzatov vs Klidson Abreu at UFC Fight Night 163

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 163? Saturday 9th November, 2019 - 17:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 163? CSKA Arena, Moscow, Russia

What channel is UFC Fight Night 163? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 163? 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+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 163? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The unbeaten Shamil Gamzatov and grappling powerhouse protects his perfect record against Klidson Abreu who intends to give him a violent welcome to the UFC.

Gamzatov has won all 13 of his fights and after finishing his first 10, he faced stiffer competition coming off three decisions. He battled Rodney Wallace to a split decision for the ACB promotion and is coming off two unanimous decisions for PFL against Eddie Gordon and Rex Harris, although these were over a year ago.

Abreu has been more active, fighting twice this year already. He made his UFC debut in February but was outclassed in a decision against Magomed Ankalaev which snapped a six-fight winning streak. However, he responded with the 15th win of his career by squeaking out a decision over Sam Alvey.

THE PREDICTION

This is a tough match-up for Gamzatov especially as he has not fought for a while but the Dagestani will feel at home in Moscow. He is expected to adopt his usual game plan of taking Abreu down and maintaining top position to dish out ground-and-pound but he will have to be cautious as Abreu is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. That said, Gamzatov’s wrestling should be enough to subdue the Brazilian and control the fight for long enough to earn the decision.

Winner: Gamzatov via Decision

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