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The preliminary card headliner comes in the Lightweight division, as Brad Riddell takes on Jalin Turner. Coming off a defeat, one in which saw a seven-fight win streak snapped, Riddell comes into this fight looking to get back on track. Still ranked fourteenth in the division, the Kiwi is well positioned to make a run to the top ten. Meanwhile, Turner has caught fire. A winner of four-straight, all of which have comes inside the distance, Turner is knocking on the door of the top fifteen. A win here, assuredly would do the job.

A treat of a fight on the preliminary card, this could very well end up as your “Fight of the Night”. Riddell is a striker, who is technical and precise. Backed by solid cardio, Riddell lands with high output. Well rounded, the Kiwi has shown off some wrestling chops too. Landing a takedown in each of his five fights inside the octagon, Riddell isn’t afraid to mix up his attack. He’ll need to be crafty though, as Turner is beginning to look like a real problem for the Lightweight division. Standing at 6’3 and with a 77 inch reach, Turner towers over the competition. In this particular fight, he will hold a eight inch height and six inch reach advantage. Two edges in the fight that will compliment his striking. Which is powerful and precise. Landing 6.51 significant strikes per minute and with a 100% finishing rate, Turner is not someone you want to stand in front of for long.

Notoriously a slow starter, Riddell has lost the first round in four of his five UFC fights. A tendency that will not go unnoticed by Turner, who is going to bring the heat early and often. With a huge size advantage, power and some sneaky submission abilities, it’s only a matter of time before Turner connects with something that stuns Riddell. So with that said, I predict that Turner will win via TKO.

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