A card filled from top-to-tail with talent awaits our UFC 286 Prelims Predictions. If you can tear yourself away from the long-running comedy show that is Dana White’s Power Slap failure, the UFC brass has put together intriguing match-ups across almost every division.
The UFC 286 Prelims features a wealth of British talent that will be sure to light up a ravenous London crowd. Pintsized’s pick of the fights sees Jai Herbert’s kill-or-be-killed striking meet a head-kicking monster in L’udovit Klein. Keep an eye on Lerone Murphy as well – the Mancunian has consistently impressed against strong competition since he debuted in 2019.
Where are the UFC 286 Prelims taking place?
The UFC 286 Prelims take place at The 02 Arena in London, United Kingdom, on March 18, 2023.
What time does the UFC 286 Prelims start?
The UFC 286 Prelims are scheduled to start at 2PM US ET and 7PM GMT in the UK. Meanwhile, the UFC 286 Early Prelims are scheduled to start at 12AM US ET and 5PM GMT in the UK.
Where can I watch the UFC 286 Prelims?
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UFC 286 Prelims Predictions
Jack Shore vs Makwan Amirkhani
Huge fan of this match-up. The Welsh wizard looked set to climb the Bantamweight rankings without blemish until he hit a Ricky Simon-sized hurdle. Despite Simon’s transformation from gatekeeper to contender, the loss underlined many analysts’ concerns with Jack Shore’s athletic limitations. The 28-year-old is a technical mastermind on the mat but he lacked the grit or nuance to takedown a more physically fearsome opponent.
For all his viper-like submissions, Mr Finland is no such athletic beast. As Mike Grundy found out in front of his father, Amirkhani is still a mean first-round threat. Unfortunately for the Finn, he has spent much of the past few years trying to out-strike opponents and avoid his gifted submission arsenal. Shore, as a consummate game planner, should be wily enough to allow Amirkhani to self-implode.
Shore vs Amirkhani Prediction: Shore Submission Round 3
Chris Duncan vs Omar Morales
It took Chris Duncan two cracks on the DWCS but the Scot has finally earnt his UFC debut. The 29-year-old is a heavy-handed striker with a liberal attitude towards defence. Duncan’s game plan is often feint-pause-feint-pause-blind flurry. It’s then a coin flip as to whether he connects or eats a counter.
Meanwhile, Omar Morales has experienced an identity crisis since 2020. Three losses in his past five have seen the Venezuelan flip-flop between pure striking and pure grappling performances. The 37-year-old is fast running out of time to find a winning approach as he slides off an athletic cliff.
Duncan vs Morales Prediction: Duncan TKO Round 2
Sam Patterson vs Yanal Ashmoz
After plying his trades successfully in BRAVE CF, Sam Patterson earnt his UFC debut off an impressive second-round submission in the DWCS. The 26-year-old owns a massive 6’3″ frame for Lightweight and looks to impose it early. Frustratingly, Patterson is poor at cage cutting and finds his best work up close.
Israeli, Yanal Ashmoz, arrives from the PFL for his UFC debut. The 27-year-old dominated Dennis Hughes from the top in a one-sided beatdown. Patterson’s size will prevent a similar ground’n’pound spree but the wrestling threat remains.
Patterson vs Ashmoz Prediction: Patterson Decision
Muhammad Mokaev vs Jafel Filho
Muhammad Mokaev is just 22 years old. Wins over Cody Durden, Charles Johnson and Malcolm Gordon don’t scream star power, but Mokaev has not faced adversity in any of his UFC fights so far. The grappling phenomenon is being carefully managed as he progresses in an exciting Flyweight division.
Brazilian, Jafel Filho, enjoys his UFC debut following a TKO victory over the undefeated Roybert Echeverria on the DWCS. Filho throws with full-blooded intention yet often limits his volume to two-strike combinations. His telegraphed kickboxing will allow Mokaev to time takedowns, but the Brit may struggle with the physicality of such a large opponent.
Mokaev vs Filho Prediction: Mokaev Submission Round 2
Lerone Murphy vs Gabriel Santos
A string of personal and opponent injuries has seen Lerone Murphy’s UFC career splutter. The Mancunian has comfortably dispatched solid names in Makwan Amirkhani, Douglas Silva de Andrade and Ricardo Ramos. Murphy is entering his physical prime and his consistent, well-rounded skillset means he will cause any Featherweight issues.
Undefeated Brazilian, Gabriel Santos, enters the octagon after being crowned the LFA Featherweight Tournament champion just two months. The Southpaw striker is heavily reliant on his left-side head kick – a surprise considering how little he attempts to mask it. Santos’ tendency to shoot a single leg during lull periods is also a nasty habit that Murphy will viciously punish.
Murphy vs Santos Prediction: Murphy Decision
Christian Leroy Duncan vs Dusko Todorovic
Our second ‘Chris Duncan’ on the UFC 286 Prelims Predictions! Cage Warriors Middleweight champion, Christian Leroy Duncan, earns his UFC debut after Jesse Taylor pulled out following a hit-and-run. The undefeated Brit stopped all but one of his opponents in CW – utilising an array of explosive jumping strikes and exceptional back control.
Serbian, Dusko Todorovic, was hyped as a steam-rolling machine. Unfortunately, the defensive lapses have seen Todorovic fall into a win-one-lose-one UFC career. The Serb is extremely hittable when attempting to close distance. A particular tendency to duck his head will allow Duncan’s knees and front kicks to threaten down the centre line.
Duncan vs Todorovic Prediction: Duncan TKO Round 1
Jake Hadley vs Malcolm Gordon
The former Cage Warriors Flyweight champ, Jake Hadley, finally proved his worth in the UFC with a dominant submission victory over Carlos Candelario. A functional striker, Hadley’s best work comes from the top and will be put to the test against Malcolm Gordon. The experienced American has desperately struggled with his chin in the UFC, but he is a technically sound grappler. A good litmus paper test.
Hadley vs Gordon Prediction: Hadley Decision
Joanne Wood vs Luana Carolina
Staring down a three-fight skid and fast approaching a decade of experience in MMA, Joanne Wood’s days at the top are numbered in the octagon. JoJo has provided fantastic nights with her entertaining Muay Thai base but her durability has looked ragged against prime contenders. Despite the extra red flag of the personal relationship x coaching change, opponent Luana Carolina is rather bobbins. The Brazilian is a physically mean beast but relies on rock-em-sock-em pocket boxing that resembles punching underwater.
Wood vs Carolina Prediction: Wood Decision
Jai Herbert vs L’udovit Klein
DISCLAIMER: I am an unabashed Black Country Banger fanboy. Jai Herbert has suffered egregious match-making throughout his UFC career. Even so, the sniping striker was close to stopping the fast-rising hype train of Ilia Topuria in March last year. A ‘tall-man defence’ of leaning back won’t cut it against L’udovit Klein’s lethal head kicking, however. Klein is riding a career-high after out-classing Mason Jones although it did require Mr Highlight to grind out a decision on the mats. Expecting a snoozer.
Herbert vs Klein Prediction: Klein Decision
Veronica Hardy vs Juliana Miller
You won’t catch much analysis on the UFC 286 Prelims Predictions for this regional-calibre fight. Veronica Hardy returns after three years out of the octagon – a surprise considering the Venezuelan won just once in her five UFC fights. Julianna Miller won TUF Season 30, had a winning fight within the last year and is the slicker BJJ artist.
Hardy vs Miller Prediction: Miller Submission Round 2