Kyung Ho Kang vs Muin Gafurov Prediction UFC Picks 6/22

Kyung Ho Kang vs Muin Gafurov Prediction UFC Picks 6/22

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UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov - Kyung Ho Kang vs. Muin Gafurov Preview and Prediction

On June 22, 2024, at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov will feature an intriguing bantamweight bout between Kyung Ho Kang and Muin Gafurov. This fight promises to be a thrilling contest between a seasoned Korean veteran and a dynamic Tajik finisher. Let's delve into the fighters' backgrounds and analyze who has the advantage in this matchup.

 

Kyung Ho Kang

  • Height/Weight: 5' 9", 138 lbs
  • Record: 19-10-0 (2 TKO, 12 SUB)
  • Team: Busan Team M.A.D.
  • Nickname: Mr. Perfect
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Kyung Ho Kang, known as "Mr. Perfect," is a highly skilled bantamweight with a strong grappling game. His submission skills are exceptional, with 12 of his 19 victories coming by way of submission. Kang's ability to control and finish fights on the ground makes him a dangerous opponent for anyone in the division. Training with Busan Team M.A.D. has further refined his skills, making him a well-rounded and formidable fighter.

Recent Performance:

Kang's recent performances have been a mix of wins and losses. He secured a first-round submission victory over Cristian Quiñonez at UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Cannonier, showcasing his grappling prowess. However, he suffered a unanimous decision loss to John Castaneda at UFC 295. Despite some setbacks, Kang's submission game remains a significant threat to his opponents.

Muin Gafurov

  • Height/Weight: 5' 7", 135 lbs
  • Record: 18-6-0 (10 TKO, 7 SUB)
  • Team: Kaizen MMA
  • Nickname: Tajik
  • Stance: Southpaw

Strengths:

Muin Gafurov, also known as "Tajik," is a dynamic and explosive bantamweight with a high finish rate. With 10 knockout victories and seven submissions, Gafurov is known for his ability to end fights decisively. His striking power and submission skills make him a versatile and dangerous opponent. Training with Kaizen MMA has honed his abilities, preparing him for high-level competition.

Recent Performance:

Gafurov has faced tough competition recently. He lost to Said Nurmagomedov via submission at UFC 294 but showed resilience in his unanimous decision loss to John Castaneda at UFC Fight Night: Kara-France vs. Albazi. Despite these losses, Gafurov's previous knockout victories over Diego Silva and Herbeth Sousa in LFA highlight his explosive finishing ability.

Prediction:

This bantamweight clash features Kyung Ho Kang's submission expertise against Muin Gafurov's dynamic striking and submission skills. While Kang's grappling is a significant advantage, Gafurov's well-rounded game and finishing ability give him the edge.

Gafurov's aggressive striking will likely keep Kang on the defensive, preventing him from implementing his grappling game effectively. Additionally, Gafurov's submission skills can counter Kang's attempts to control the fight on the ground.

Given Gafurov's recent performances and his ability to finish fights both on the feet and on the ground, he is expected to secure a victory. His versatility and aggression will be crucial in overcoming Kang's grappling threats.

Pick: Muin Gafurov to win

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