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UFC Fight Night 127 takes place Saturday at The O2 in London. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass. Today we are going to take an in depth look at a live underdog in Jan Blachowicz.
Blachowicz will be fighting Jimi Manuwa in a rematch of their 2015 bout, which took place at UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs Cro Cop 2.
The first fight between to two was a close, back and forth affair in which Manuwa would take the win by decision, despite Blachowicz landing more significant strikes. After that Jan went through a bit of a rough stretch losing decisions to Corey Anderson, Alexander Gustafsson and Patrick Cummins. Recently however he has turned things around, with a submission win over Devin Clark and a decision over Jared Cannonier, while looking better than ever.
Manuwa has also been active since the first fight, fighting four times. A KO loss to Anthony Johnson, KO wins over Ovince St. Preux and Corey Anderson, and most recently a KO loss to Volkan Oezdemir.
At 38 years old and coming off a vicious knockout loss, I feel Manuwa is on the decline, while Blachowicz has come into his prime. Jan is the more complete fighter, has never been KO’d and has the momentum coming into this fight. Manuwa will be looking for the KO as always, but Blachowicz has a granite chin. I expect him to use his jab and body kicks to keep Jimi at bay and frustrate him, while avoiding the power shots of Manuwa.
My play is Jan Blachowicz ML (money line) at +160 (Bovada) good luck if you choose to follow!