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An exciting fight takes place in the Bantamweight division, as Trevin “5 Star” Jones takes on UFC newcomer Javid “The Snow Leopard” Basharat. Coming off his his first loss in three years, Jones will look to begin a new unbeaten streak. Heavy handed, the Guam native has been a fighter to watch and one to be feared to stand across the octagon from. Meanwhile, Basharat comes into his UFC debut, a perfect 11-0. Having most recently competed on Dana White’s Contender Series, defeating Oron Kahlon, Basharat brings a killer instinct into the octagon. One in which has seen Basharat finish every fight.

As for a prediction, I have Basharat winning. While Jones carries power and has some skills on the ground, he is often too hesitant on the feet. Seemingly looking for the perfect shot, which has worked sometimes, Jones is only landing a mere 2.22 significant strikes per minute. Against someone like Basharat, who is a workhorse and looks to pick opponents apart from the outside, Jones is going to be in for a long night should he not land that finishing blow. It’s plausible though, Jones looks to take this fight to mat like he did in his most recent contest. However, that could be Jones’ downfall. Basharat is an excellent scrambler, always finding himself on top. From there, he is relentless, with devastating elbows from top. A scenario in which I see playing out. So with that, I predict that Basharat wins via TKO.

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