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The Light Heavyweight division features a potential pink slip fight, as Kennedy Nzechukwu takes on Karl Roberson. Looking to halt a two-fight skid, which the first of his young career, Nzechukwu comes into this fight needing to right the ship. Having won three straight previous to the losing streak, the potential is evident, Nzechukwu just needs to harness it. Meanwhile, Roberson is in a nightmare tailspin. A loser of three straight, all of which he’s been stopped in, Roberson heads into this fight with UFC tenure likely on the line. Despite being more successful at Middleweight, weight issues have forced him up to Light Heavyweight. A division in which he is 2-2 in his career.
This is Nzechukwu’s fight to lose. Massive for the weight class, and facing a former Middleweight in Roberson, Nzechukwu carries a significant four inch height and nine inch reach advantage. Having to worry very little in regards to wrestling, Nzechukwu should be at his best against a fellow striker in Roberson. Using his reach, expect Nzechukwu to land first early and often. Averaging 5.13 significant strikes per fifteen minutes, Nzechukwu offers up excellent volume. He also has some solid power, as evident by six of his nine victories coming via knockout. Not entirely concerned by Roberson’s striking, which is pretty good, but lacks the disrupting power. I believe that Nzechukwu should win this fight fairly dominantly. Let’s say via KO.