MMA Preview – Gunnar Nelson vs Bryan Barberena at UFC 286

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MMA Preview – Gunnar Nelson vs Bryan Barberena at UFC 286



When is UFC 286? Saturday 18th March, 2023 – 19:00 (Prelims) 21:00 (PPV – £19.95)

The place is UFC 286? The O2 Area, London (US)

The place can I get tickets for UFC 286? Click on right here to purchase tickets for UFC 286

What channel is UFC 286 on? BT Sport 1

The place can I stream UFC 286? BT Sport subscribers can stream the battle on-line through the BT Sport web site

For viewers within the United States, the occasion might be proven reside on ESPN+ and you’ll join entry as a part of a Disney Bundle right here!


It’s nice to see Gunnar Nelson (18-5-1) once more as he has solely fought as soon as since 2019. Again then, he was on a two-fight skid dropping selections to the present champion Leon Edwards (2019) and former title challenger Gilbert Burns (2019). The pandemic halted his comeback together with one other rib damage he sustained grappling with ‘The Mountain’. Nevertheless, he lastly returned a 12 months in the past in London to seal a snug unanimous determination over Takashi Sato.

Since Nelson’s loss to Burns, Bryan Barberena (18-9) has had six fights. In that point, he surged into the type of his profession by incomes selections over Darian Weeks (2021) and Matt Brown (2022) earlier than pulling off a second-round TKO over the legend Robbie Lawler (2022) which earnt him his second ‘Battle of the Evening’ bonus in a row. That led him into the trail of one other legend however who nonetheless possesses his prowess. Rafael dos Anjos (2022) submitted him within the second spherical to halt the momentum.


Barberena steps in for Daniel Rodriguez and that is arguably a greater match up for Nelson. Bam Bam’s takedown defence has all the time been a gap in his sport and Nelson has a number of the finest jiu-jitsu within the division.

As regular, Nelson might be lighter on the night time, however his high management will make him really feel like a middleweight. Barberena must hold this on the toes, power the stress and get in Nelson’s face with a relentless quantity.

Nevertheless, Nelson could be very illusive in his karate model and he has the motion and footwork to frustrate Barberena which is able to make it simpler to take him down. If Barberena begins shortly, he may simply pull off the upset, however we’re backing the Icelander to tug the battle into his area and exhibit his elite submission abilities.

Prediction: Nelson through SubmissionCLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH’S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Worth guess: Barberena to win

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