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We have an intriguing clash of styles in the Bantamweight division, as “Mr. Perfect” Kyung Ho Kang takes on Danaa “Storm” Batgerel. After seeing a three-fight win streak snapped in a recent defeat, Kang returns to the octagon for the first time in 2022 looking to get back in the win column. Previous to the defeat, Kang had won six of his last seven. Meanwhile, Batgerel returns to the octagon less than three month’s after being knocked out by Chris Gutierrez. Seemingly looking to get back on the horse and put aside that defeat, Batgerel will attempt to get back in the win column in short order. Prior to the loss, Baterel had rattled off three straight first round stoppage victories.
This is a tough fight to call, as I see various aspects potentially impacting the result. For one, getting knocked out is never great. Usually, fighters will take some time off to recover. However, Batgerel is returning to the octagon less than three month’s since being stopped. A major risk, but one that Batgerel seems determined to hurdle. The other aspect in this fight, is what Kang are we going to see? Never knowing if Kang is a striker or a wrestler, Kang just seemingly fights in a way where he barely wins. In fact, in Kang’s last seven fights, five have gone to the scorecards. Of those five, four have been decided via split decision.
As for a prediction, I’m siding with Batgerel. Despite the concerns regarding returning too soon, I know what Batgerel brings to the table. He’s a fearsome striker, who has legitimate knockout power and isn’t afraid to brawl. While his takedown defense needs some work, Batgerel has shown an ability to pop back up. Kang, being physically strong and having some good wrestling abilities, will certainly put that to the test. Landing 2.23 takedowns at a 59% clip, Kang could very well find success implementing a heavy wrestling approach. I however, believe that Batgerel will avoid being smothered and land the more damaging blows on the feet – eventually leading to a TKO victory.