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We have a pivotal fight in the Lightweight division, as Drakkar Klose takes on Rafa Garcia. Coming off an impressive knockout victory over Brandon Jenkins, which came after a two-year layoff, Klose will look to notch his second victory in 2022. A veteran of the game, Klose has nabbed six victories inside the octagon. With another, Klose could be knocking on the division’s top fifteen. Meanwhile, Garcia has found his stride of late. After dropping his first two fights inside the octagon, Garcia has turned it around with two wins. The last being the most impressive, as he dismantled and finished Jesse Ronson. Looking for three straight, Garcia will have to get by the toughest test he’s faced to date.
This is excellent matchmaking, as both gentleman are very good in their own right. Klose, is a wrestler by trade. Looking to control foes, whether against the cage or on the ground, Klose is no stranger to grinding out fights. Active on the feet, Klose brings output and accuracy on the feet. Some newfound power too apparently, as Klose recorded his first knockdown and stoppage victory in UFC appearance number eight. Having never been stopped though is Garcia. A wrestler, who has fifteen takedowns in the last three fights, Garcia has made it a priority to get the fight to the ground. With eight of his thirteen wins coming via submission, the mat has been a dangerous place to be with Garica.
In what is bound to be a competitive fight, I’m going to side with Klose. Having seen Garcia dominate with his wrestling over the last two fights, it’s possible that he may see some early success. However, Klose being a wrestler himself, with good grappling abilities, should be able to thwart off Garcia’s takedowns attempts eventually. On the feet, Klose offers more output and is the more comfortable striker. With all that said, I predict that Klose wins via decision.