MMA Preview – Polyana Viana vs Mallory Martin at UFC 258

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POLYANA VIANA VS MALLORY MARTIN FACTS

When is UFC 258? Sunday 14th February, 2021 – 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 258? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 258? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC 258 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 258? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

POLYANA VIANA VS MALLORY MARTIN LOWDOWN

Polyana Viana (11-4) fought once last year and it came with great relief as she prevented a four-fight skid. After submitting Maia Stevenson on her debut, she lost decisions to JJ Aldrich and Hannah Cifers before getting submitted in an armbar by Veronica Macedo. However, she saved her UFC career with an exceptional armbar of her own, beating Emily Whitmire in the first round.

Mallory Martin (7-3) is also coming off a bounce-back submission win which was also on the UFC Fight Night 175 card back in August. Martin suffered the fate of many – getting submitted by Virna Jandiroba which was not the UFC debut she wanted but she responded with a rear-naked choke win over Hannah Cifers.

POLYANA VIANA VS MALLORY MARTIN PREDICTION

These ladies match up very similarly. They both have decent striking with brown belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Viana is slightly bigger with a four-inch reach advantage and she is one of few strawweights that can finish fights regularly. In fact, all her wins have been finishes (four knockouts and seven submissions).

Martin is a scrapper and has only been submitted by an elite practitioner and it is hard to see her getting submitted here unless she gets rocked. We expect a lot of wrestling and clinch work here but Viana will back herself to find Mallory’s dome piece whenever there is space.

However, considering the improvements we saw in Martin’s last fight and how well she can close the distance, we expect this to be a scrap until the bell. It can go either way, but we give Martin the slight edge.

Prediction: Martin via DecisionCLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH’S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)