MMA Preview – Tyson Nam vs Jerome Rivera at UFC Vegas 11

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THE FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 11? Sunday 20th September, 2020 – 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 11? APEX Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

What channel is UFC Vegas 11? ‘BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 11? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, UFC Vegas 11 will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 11? This event will take place without spectators

THE LOWDOWN

After back-to-back decision losses, Tyson Nam bounced back in style in June as he knocked out Zarrukh Adashev in jus 32 seconds to get back to winning ways and he will look to put together a string of victories now. The 36-year-old was slated to face Matt Schnell last weekend but that fight was scrapped after his opponent was forced off the card so he has to adjust to his new opponent with less than a week’s notice.

Jerome Rivera steps up to face Nam at short notice and he brings a 10-2 record into the Octagon. The 25-year-old emerged from Dana White’s Contender Series 2020 with a win over Luis Ronaldo Rodriguez and that was his third victory in a row. Seven of his ten wins have come via submission and there is no disguising how he will approach this fight against Nam.

THE PREDICTION

Tyson Nam may be in the twilight of his career but his 32-second performance of the night knockout in his last fight showed he still has plenty to offer. This match was scheduled this week but it is a favourable one for Nam and one he will expect to win. He is facing Jerome Rivera who is a 25-year-old submission specialist but Nam will not be concerned by the threat he poses. Nam has never been submitted in his 31 professional fights so if Rivera is going to win, his best route will be via the scorecards as he has lacks knockout power. Nam’s last three losses have come on the scorecards and he will have to match Rivera’s workrate to get the decision, but he will focus on the knockout. His knockout power seems to be improving with age and expect him to catch Rivera at some stage and stop him.

Winner: Nam via KO/KO

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