UFC Vegas 36 Prelims: Jack Shore vs Liudvik Sholinian- Prediction and Analysis

Published 09/03/2021, 9:39 AM EDT


UFC Vegas 36 will take place this weekend with an all-important middleweight clash between Darren Till and Derek Brunson serving as the headliner. Apart from the main event, there are some clashes that could keep fight fans hinged on their seats. One of those clashes is between bantamweights Jack Shore and Liudvik Sholinian.

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‘Tank’ Jack Shore is currently one of the few undefeated fighters competing in the UFC. The Welsh professional last fought against Hunter Azure at UFC on ABC 2: Vettori vs Holland and defeated him via split decision. Till now, he has picked up 14 wins and incurred 0 losses. Out of those 14 wins, 4 have come via KO/TKO, 8 via submissions, and 2 via decisions.

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Meanwhile, Sholinian will make his UFC debut in the event after cutting his teeth in various other promotions. He has so far picked up 9 wins and has incurred 1 loss. Out of his 9 wins, 1 has come via KO/TKO, 3 via submissions, and 5 via decisions. He will look to make a mark in his debut against an opponent who hasn’t yet faced a defeat.

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Sholinian represented Team Ortega on The Ultimate Fighter 29. He caused one of the biggest upsets by beating first-overall-pick Mitch Raposo in the quarterfinals. But his inspiring story was cut short as Ricky Turcios outlasted him in a majestic fight.

Jack Shore vs Liudvik Sholinian- Analysis

If we compare their physical stats, Shore stands at 5’8 in height with a reach of 71″. His opponent, Sholinian, has a height of 5’10” with the same reach of 71″.

Shore lands 3.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 57%. He absorbs 1.61 significant strikes per minute with a defense rate of 56%. ‘Tank’ has an average takedown of 5.52 per 15 minutes with an accuracy of 46%. Since Sholinian will make his UFC debut from this event, his UFC stats are still to be recorded.

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Sholinian showed true grit in beating Raposo but couldn’t control his tears when he lost to Turcios. It will be a big test for him against an all-around prospect in Shore. To keep matters simple, Shore is better at everything he does.

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He is a better wrestler compared to Sholinian, the better striker, and the better submission specialist. Fans witnessed what he can really do in his fight against Azure. It will take more than pressure, simple striking, and takedowns to beat the Welshman. Alas, it looks unlikely for Sholinian to pull this upset. Shore is likely to grind him in the canvas before locking in some submission.

Final Prediction: Shore via second-round submission

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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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