Damir Ismagulov vs Grant Dawson Prediction UFC Picks 7/1

Damir Ismagulov vs Grant Dawson Prediction UFC Picks 7/1

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UFC Fight Night Preview: Damir Ismagulov vs. Grant Dawson - A Battle of Lightweight Contenders

As the summer heats up, so does the action in the Octagon. UFC Fight Night on July 1st, 2023 will feature an exhilarating lightweight clash between the Russian phenom, Damir "Qazaq" Ismagulov, and the submission specialist from the United States, Grant "KGD" Dawson. This fight is expected to have significant implications in the lightweight division, with both fighters aiming to make a statement and climb the rankings.

 

Fighter Backgrounds

Damir Ismagulov

Damir Ismagulov, 32, boasts an impressive professional MMA record of 24-2-0. The Russian fighter, who trains out of Fighter Gym under head coach Igor Funtikov, is known for his striking prowess and has earned 12 of his wins by KO/TKO. Coming off a unanimous decision loss in December 2022 against Arman Tsarukyan, Ismagulov will be eager to bounce back and reaffirm his place among the elite in the lightweight division. With a 5'10" frame and a 74-inch reach, Ismagulov is also noted for his ability to keep opponents at bay with his range and technical striking.

Grant Dawson

Grant Dawson, on the other hand, comes into this fight on a 10-fight winning streak. At 29, he holds a record of 19-1-1 and trains at the renowned American Top Team. With a background in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Dawson is known for his ground game and has secured 13 of his victories by submission. He last fought in November 2022, submitting Mark Madsen with a rear-naked choke in the third round. Dawson also stands at 5'10", but has a slightly shorter reach than Ismagulov at 72 inches.

 

Fight Breakdown

This fight is an intriguing stylistic matchup. Ismagulov’s striking will be pitted against Dawson’s grappling prowess. Ismagulov has shown in the past that he can dictate the pace of the fight with his striking and footwork, but he has to be wary of Dawson’s takedowns and submission attempts.

Dawson’s strategy will likely involve taking the fight to the ground as soon as possible. He has been relentless with his wrestling and has a knack for finding submissions from various positions. His gas tank has also proven to be impressive, as he often wears opponents down with his pressure.

 

Prediction

While both fighters are incredibly talented, the edge in striking goes to Ismagulov, and the grappling edge goes to Dawson. The outcome may be determined by who can implement their game plan more effectively. If Ismagulov can keep the fight standing and use his range, he may be able to secure a win. However, if Dawson can get the fight to the ground, he may find success with his submissions.

This fight is too close to call, but whatever the outcome, with these two exciting fighters and the stylistic matchup that promises fireworks, the fans are in for a treat.

 

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