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We have a showdown in the Lightweight division, as Fares Ziam takes on newcomer Michal Figlak. Returning to France for the first time since 2016, Ziam will to look to move past a recent defeat. One in which ended a two-fight win streak and halted his accession up a stacked Lightweight division. Meanwhile, Figlak enters his UFC debut undefeated. Fighting less than a month ago, the Cage Warriors prospect gets his opportunity to fight under the bright lights. With little time to prepare and fighting on enemy territory, it should be interesting to see if the young upstart has what it takes.
Since joining the UFC in 2019, Ziam hasn’t particularly lit up the octagon. Going to 2-2 in four UFC appearances, the former K1 European Champion has met resistance in the form of wrestling and grappling. This fight I expect no different, as Figlak has proven to be well rounded. With a knack for putting together combinations along with volume, Figlak can overwhelm opponents on the feet. Targeting the body often, Figlak does a good job wearing down opponents. However, it’s likely we will see him utilize his wrestling, which can be best described as relentless. Then again, Ziam hasn’t looked all that special on the feet. Which given his background, you’d assume he would be landing more than 2.06 significant strikes at a 40% accuracy. Regardless, wherever this fight goes, I’m more confident in Figlak’s ability to get the job done. So with that said, I predict that Figlak remains undefeated, winning via submission.