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We have a showdown in the Welterweight division, as Dwight “The Body Snatcher” Grant takes on Sergey “Honda” Khandozhko. Coming off a split decision loss to Francisco Trinaldo, Grant will look to get back in the win column. Having gone 3-3 in the UFC thus far, Grant will need to find some consistency if he wants to stand out in a stacked Welterweight division. Meanwhile, Khandozhko returns to the octagon for the first time since November of 2019. Having seen two fights cancelled due to an injury and testing positive for COVID, Khandozhko is probably chomping at the bit to get back inside the octagon.

As for a prediction, I have Khandozhko winning. While I expect this fight to be close and could even see Grant winning via knockout early, I ultimately can’t trust the American. He’s a powerful striker, but is often held back by his hesitancy to throw his hands. In fact, Grant’s highest significant strike total in a fight is 49. Throw in his four split decisions in six fights, and it’s evident why he hasn’t had much success thus far inside the octagon. Now, Khandozhko has been out for awhile and could be rusty. An advantage for Grant, should he come out swinging. However, Khandozhko is the more dynamic and volume-based striker. Featuring snappy leg kicks and a patented spinning back kick, Khandozhko has stopped ten foes via knockout. Also not out of his element on the mat, Khandozhko has submitted seven opponents. In the end, I believe Khandozhko will be the more active of the two. Something in which will aid the karate-based fighter to a decision victory.

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