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We have an intriguing fight in the Middleweight division, as newcomers Aliaskhab Khizriev and Denis Tiuliulin clash. Coming in the UFC undefeated at 13-0, Khizriev will look to insert his dominance inside the octagon. A truly talented fighter and one of the more UFC ready fighters, Khizriev is one to keep an eye at 185 pounds. Meanwhile, Tiuliulin steps into his UFC debut on short notice. A winner of four of his last five, in which all four wins came via knockout, Tiuliulin brings legitimate knockout power to the octagon.

As for a prediction, I have Khizriev winning. While Tiuliulin packs a punch, he’s in for a rough night. Khizriev is good striker, who’s arsenal includes a heavy overhand left, fast hands and deadly leg kicks. However, Khizriev strength is in his wrestling. Using it to maul opponents and get off his heavy ground-and-pound, Khizriev is not someone you want to see in top control. Unfortunately for Tiuliulin, it’s something he’s going to have to deal with. So with that said, I predict that Khizriev wins this fight early via submission.

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