MMA Preview – Vanessa Melo vs Karol Rosa at UFC 251

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THE FACTS

When is UFC 251? Sunday 12th July, 2020 – 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 251? UFC Fight Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

What channel is UFC 251 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 251? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the UFC 251 will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Where can I get tickets for UFC 251? This event will take place without spectators

THE LOWDOWN

Vanessa Melo comes into this fight at UFC 251 desperate to get her first win in the Octagon as she has lost both fights to Irene Aldana and Tracy Cortez since signing for the organisation. Those losses came after a five-fight win streak that saw her earn the contract but now she is under some pressure to improve her 10-7 record. All but three of her 17 pro bouts have gone the distance and she will know that she is going to have to outwork her opponent given she lacks knockout power and submission skills.

Karol Rosa comes into what is her second bout in the UFC after she made a successful debut by beating Lara Fritzen Procopio. That split decision victory was her third consecutive win and takes her record to 12-3. While have of her wins have come via the judges’ scorecards, she has four knockouts on her resume and she does carry that greater threat with her fists.

THE PREDICTION

This fight in the women’s flyweight division sees Vanessa Melo face off against Karol Rosa in a fight that will likely go the distance. It is Rosa who has the more ways to win this fight and why she is preferred to edge it. She has won her last three fights and has the greater confidence coming in unlike Melo who has lost her last two. Melo is resilient however and will likely go the distance, but Rosa just has the greater all-round skillset that should make the difference.

Winner: Rosa via decision

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