April 13, 2019 11:59 pm
on April 13, 2019 2:05 pm
OSP to win
2.03 (min. 1.91)
In the Light Heavyweight division, we have a rematch four years in the making when OSP goes up against Nikita Krylov.
Way back in 2014 OSP managed to finish Nikita in the first round with the ever so famous but also super rare von flu choke. It didn’t take OSP long as he ended the fight within 1:29 of the first-round handing Nikita his second UFC loss at the time.
Over the years Nikita has built his resume and certainly cemented his place on the UFC roster going 9-2 since his loss to Ovince inside and outside of the UFC. Nikita returned to the UFC in September 2018 after a four-fight win streak in the Fight Night Global organization. On his return, he suffered a submission loss to Jan Blachowicz and with Ovinces consistency on the mat, I can smell a similar outcome in this fight.
11-7 in the UFC isn’t the greatest record we’ve ever seen but one thing you can’t take from OSP is his consistent will to fight. Since his debut in 2013 OSP has been an active year in and year out, and his losses have come against serious contenders, no slouches involved.
OSP has been here before and won the fight quite easily, I don’t think Krylovs fighting style has changed much and the game plan for OSP should be pretty clear… Krylov is highly susceptible to getting submitted and if OSP can keep this fight on the mat then it could be another short night for Nikita and he might have caught some serious déjà vu.