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We have a scrap in the Light Heavyweight division, as Maxim Grishin takes on Philipe Lins. Out of action for nearly eight months, Grishin returns to the octagon looking to build off his victory over William Knight in February of 2022. Known to be a standout on the regional scene, Grishin will look to prove he’s better than the mediocrity he’s shown in four UFC appearances. Meanwhile, Lins comes into this fight off his first UFC victory. A much needed one at that, as the former PFL 2018 Heavyweight Champion had not only lost two straight, but had saw six fights cancelled in between.
Known for his counter striking and power, Lins showed off some wrestling chops in his last fight. With four takedowns and over five minutes of control, Lins was able to nab a much needed win. While he could realistically implement a similar strategy, Grishin has vastly improved his ability to fend off takedowns and not be held down since taking on Marcin Tybura. A striker by trade, Grishin uses his length well and paws out an excellent jab. With solid cardio and durability, Grishin is never one to waver in a fight. Something which I see aiding him to victory, especially against Lins, who has been chinny at times. In the end though, give me Grishin to nab a decision victory.