UFC Fight Night 188: Ben Rothwell vs Chris Barnett 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

UFC Fight Night 188: Ben Rothwell vs Chris Barnett 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The UFC Fight Night 188 is filled with main events and epic fights between top contenders. One of the most important fights is between Ben Rothwell and Chris Barnett for the Heavyweight Division. This will be the sixth fight at the UFC Fight Night 188. Ben Rothwell will enter this battle with a 15-8 record in the UCF after his most recent loss to Marcin Tybura. Rothwell lost by unanimous decision back in October 2020. Rothwell was a three-fight losing streak and will have a neat chance to take on Barnett.

Rothwell is holding an average of 3.55 with his significant strikes per minute. He has a striking accuracy of 41 percent, but his disadvantage is absorbing 4.57 strikes per minute with a defense of 46 percent. When it comes to takedowns, Rothwell is averaging 0.63 every 15 minutes with an accuracy of 33 percent. Rothwell is not too great in grappling and his takedown defense is at 69 percent in total. Rothwell was outpointed by Junior dos Santos in 2016, Blagoy Ivanov in 2019, and Andrei Arlovski in 2019.

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UFC Fight Night 188: Ben Rothwell vs Chris Barnett Predictions 5/22/2021

Chris Barnett, known as the “Huggy Bear” in the ring will enter this fight with a 21-6 record. Barnett will make his UFC debut and there is not much known about his skills in the octagon. Barnett has won all six of his last battles in a row. He has several knockouts and won 16 times by this method. The “Huggy Bear” was also knocked out thrice in his career, but his last knockout was back in 2017.

Barnett came in late as a replacement due to several dropouts. Rothwell was supposed to fight Philipe Lins at the UFC Vegas 21 but due to injury, it was rescheduled for Vegas 26. Things did not go well for Lins as he fell ill before the fight once again. Askar Mozharov was about to make his debut but was unable to get his visa on time. Barnett will get his first chance at the UFC and he is predicted to do his best, but he is up against a tough opponent.

Ben Rothwell vs Chris Barnett. The UFC Pick for this match is Ben Rothwell -110. While Barnett is still new to the scene, the odds favor Rothwell to win this battle. Rothwell has fought several big opponents in the UFC and he will try to take advantage of Barnett’s debut. Rothwell has the advantage with height, reach, and experience. Barnett might be quick, but power is the ultimate source in this game. Back Rothwell to take out Barnett and win this game with ease.

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UFC Fight Night 188: Ben Rothwell vs Chris Barnett 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

UFC Starting Time: 7:00 PM EST

Location:  UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Date: May 22, 2021.

TV: Pay Per View / ESPN+

Streak: UFC Fight Pass

UFC Odds: Ben Rothwell -110

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