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We have a potential pink-slip fight in the Featherweight division, as Mike Grundy takes on Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani. Struggling to win since a successful debut, Grundy will look to put a halt to a two-fight skid. Seeing that Grundy had won nine straight prior to the losing streak, and that his most recent fight was a majority decision loss, I wouldn’t count out Grundy just yet. Meanwhile, Amirkhani has lost three consecutive fights. Once one of the hottest prospects to grace the octagon, Amirkhani is on the brink of seeing his UFC tenure run it’s course. One that started back in 2015.

As for a prediction, I have Grundy winning. While Amirkhani certainly has the grappling edge, Grundy is better everywhere else. Not by a wide margin, but Grundy has power on the feet, is physically strong and has solid wrestling abilities. Both men spam takedowns, but Grundy is the more relentless of two, attempting 38 takedowns in three fights inside the octagon. With immense strength, I don’t see Grundy having problems either fending off or taking down Amirkhani. The only real worry I have, is Amirkhani catching Grundy in a submission. Then again, Grundy has only been submitted once in his career. Back in 2015 no less. If Grundy elects to keep it standing, Amirkhani does very little in regards to output. Landing a mere 1.47 strikes per minute, and having never eclipsed more than 32 strikes in fight, Amirkhani isn’t one to outpoint anyone on the feet. Throw in his cardio issues and there is just too many holes in his game to overcome. So with that said, I predict that Grundy will win via decision.

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