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We have an important fight in the Light Heavyweight division, as Devin Clark takes on Azamat Murzakanov. Coming off a win over William Knight at Heavyweight, Clark returns to 205 pounds. Having had a hard time finding consistency since joining the UFC in 2016, going 7-6 in thirteen fights, Clark will need to begin his run if he wants to avoid being just another name. Meanwhile, Murzakanov rolls into this fight off a successful UFC debut. A fight in which the Russian ended via an impressive flying knee. Improving his record to a sterling 11-0, Murzakanov has his eyes set on using Clark as a stepping stone to a top fifteen foe next.

A tough fight to read, I’m going to side with the underdog in Clark. The reason behind this prediction stems from his wrestling and overall improvements in his ability to absorb damage. Knowing all well, that Murzakanov is a power puncher and has the ability to put anyone’s lights, there is an obvious concern that Clark will crumple. However, Clark is a relentless wrestler and has never been shy about spamming takedowns. Murzakanov may have success in keeping the fight upright early, as he is fairly strong, but with the Russian having an iffy gas tank, the takedowns will come easier for Clark as the fight wanes. In the end, I’m banking on Clark to weather any initial storm and take the later rounds in a decision victory.

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