MMA Preview – Shane Young vs Ludovit Klein at UFC 253

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When is UFC 253? Sunday 27th September, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 253? Flash Forum, Fight Island, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 253? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC 253 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 253? 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!


The first member of City Kickboxing up on the Fight Island card is Shane Young who has not fought since February of 2019 and was originally scheduled to fight Nate Landwehr but he had to pull out due to testing positive for COVID-19. Fortunately Young still has a fight and as he is desperate to build on his momentum of two straight wins (Rolando Dy – TKO and Austin Arnett – unanimous decision) so hopefully he is able to fight more than once a year from now.

The man filling in for Landwehr and making his UFC debut is one of the most promising prospects in Europe - Ludovit Klein. He arrives to the octagon with a healthy 16-2 record riding an impressive seven-fight win streak. Most of his recent wins have come under the Oktagon MMA banner in his native Slovakia with his last three fights ending via knockout – Willian Lima, Joao Paulo Rodrigues and Lukasz Sajewski.


Young has the UFC experience and will be the favourite, but this is a very tough match-up especially with little time prepare for a southpaw.

Klein has finished 15 of his 16 wins (seven knockouts and eight submissions). He is a well-rounded killer with a ferocious clinch and left high kick and we do not know how smoothly his preparations have gone as he heads to Fight Island, but he is more than ready for the call-up.

With Young making his return and Klein making his debut, they will no doubt leave everything behind in the octagon and we have a feeling Klein may just cause the upset on his debut. He will hunt the finish as usual but Young will make this a battle.

Prediction: Klein via Decision

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