Saturday, August 22nd
UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs. Edgar
UFC APEX – Las Vegas, Nevada
Marcin Prachnio and Mike Rodríguez meet this weekend with both men needing to secure a win in the octagon to get their UFC careers back on track.
Marcin Prachnio (13–4) is the former Final Fight Championship light heavyweight champion who was riding an eight-fight win streak into his UFC debut in February 2018. Unfortunately, he is now 0–2 as a UFC contender, suffering back-to-back first-round KO/TKO losses.
The Polish fighter last competed against Magomed Ankalaev in Russia in September 2018, so this will be his first octagon appearance in nearly two years. He is looking to rediscover the kind of form which got him signed to the UFC; he has eleven finishes in his thirteen professional wins, all in round one and with ten coming by KO/TKO.
Despite an 8.5-inch reach disadvantage against Rodríguez, I am expecting Prachnio to try and keep this a striking contest, where he will have to utilize his movement to cause damage and get back out of range before Rodríguez can hand out too much punishment.
Mike Rodríguez (10–4–0, 1NC) won his UFC contract on DWCS series 1 and is now 1–2–0, 1NC in the organization, having lost his last fight by early first-round KO against Da Un Jung in South Korea last December. All of “Slow” Mike Rodríguez’s wins have been finishes, seven of which have come in the first round and eight coming by way of KO/TKO.
Against Prachnio, Rodríguez will look to use all of his 82.5-inch reach in order to look for a KO and get back to winning ways after being victorious in only one of his last four bouts.
Between them, these fighters have won only one of their six combined UFC appearances and they will both be desperate to claim the win this weekend. Neither man has gone three fights without winning before and both are in danger of doing so — we could be in for an explosive fight as they try to make their mark in the division.
Prediction: Rodríguez by KO/TKO.
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