UFC Vegas 36 Prelims: Dalcha Lungiambula vs Marc-Andre Barriault: Prediction and Analysis

Published 09/03/2021, 1:55 PM EDT


UFC Vegas 36 will take place this weekend with an all-important middleweight clash between Darren Till and Derek Brunson serving as its headliner. Apart from the main event clash, there are some other clashes that can grab eyeballs. One of those fights is between middleweights Dalcha Lungiambula and Marc-Andre Barriault.

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‘Champion’ Lungiambula will look to build upon his winning momentum. He last fought Markus Perez at UFC on ESPN 20: Chiesa vs Magny and won via unanimous decision. Prior to that, he lost to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Fight Night 163 via KO.

He has so far picked up 11 wins and lost 2 fights. Out of those 11 wins, 5 have come via KO/TKO, 1 via submissions, and 5 via decisions.

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Meanwhile, ‘Power Bar’ Barriault is coming into this match after picking a TKO win last time around against Abu Azaitar at UFC 260- Miocic vs Ngannou 2. It ended his long winless stretch of 4 fights and he will look to continue his winning momentum.

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He has so far featured in 16 professional fights. Out of those 16, he has won 12 and lost 4 and out of those 12 wins, 9 have come via KO/TKO and 3 via decisions.

Dalcha Lungiambula vs Marc-Andre Barriault- Analysis

If we look at their physical stats, ‘Champion’ has a height of 5’8 and has a reach of 76″. Meanwhile, Barriault stands at 6’1 and has a reach of 74″.

Dalcha lands 1.85 significant strikes with an accuracy of 50% per minute. He absorbs 2.27 significant strikes with a defense rate of 43%. He averages 2.07 takedowns per 15 mins with an accuracy of 50% and has a takedown defense of 75%.

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‘Power Bar’ lands 5.36 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 48%. He absorbs 4.79 significant strikes with a defense rate of 55%. He averages 0.43 takedowns per 15 mins with an accuracy of 25% and has a takedown defense of 72%.

Though Lungiambula is more arsenal and thus dangerous than Azaitar, Barriault won’t be fazed as he faced similar power-packed opponents in recent times. It will surely be a matchup between raw power and grappling against relentlessness.

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Although Dalcha has tremendous power, it hasn’t been used fully and thus could prove costly against Barriault. The latter has durability and won’t go down so easily from Lungiambula’s occasional strikes. In fact, he has twice as many significant strikes per minute. He also has done well after getting taken down by opponents and thus, deprived Lungimabula’s chances even further. It could be a slugfest with Barriault edging ahead of the ‘Champion’ in the end.

Final Prediction: Barriault via unanimous decision

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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