August 04, 2022 11:47 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Zac Pauga vs Mohammed Usman at UFC Vegas 59

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ZAC PAUGA VS MOHAMMED USMAN FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 59? Sunday 7th August, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 59? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 59? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 59 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 59? 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!

ZAC PAUGA VS MOHAMMED USMAN LOWDOWN

It is now or never for Zac Pauga (5-0) making his UFC debut at 34 years old with a chance to be crowned The Ultimate Fighter. After a successful amateur career, he made his debut in 2020 and racked up five wins between LFA and Cage Warriors before the tournament. He earnt a unanimous decision over Nyle Bartling in the first round and TKO’d the durable Jordan Heiderman in the semis to set up this finale.

Julliana Pena’s number one pick ahead of Pauga, Mohammed Usman (7-2) was riding a decent four-fight win streak leading up to the tournament but did suffer a blip getting submitted by Brandon Sayles (2021) for the PFL. He also kicked off the tournament with a unanimous decision which was over Mitchell Sipe. He then earnt a closer split decision over Eduardo Perez in the next round to secure his spot on the UFC on ESPN 40 card.

ZAC PAUGA VS MOHAMMED USMAN PREDICTION

Both men fight out of solid camps – Pauga is at Elevate Fight team and Usman is at Fortis MMA so expect them to have improved since the tournament.

Usman is a behemoth of a man with serious knockout power although he tends to fire single shots which Pauga will be able to prepare for. Usman is also athletic and has the speed advantage so if he can bring a new look to the octagon and string some combinations together, he will look very impressive.

Pauga gets better as the fight goes on and if gets out of the first round, you have to back him to begin to overwhelm Usman. Overall, this is tough to call so betting on the underdog is the smart play. They both throw low volume, so do not expect a barnburner, but Usman’s power and wrestling could be the game changer.

Prediction: Usman via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Usman via KO/TKO

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