UFC Fight Night: Kai Kamaka vs Jonathan Pearce: Predictions and Analysis

November 27, 2020 5:57 pm

In a featherweight bout, Kai Kamaka will confront Jonathan Pearce at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Lewis. This is one of the highly charismatic matchups on the preliminary card. ‘The Fighting Hawaiian’ Kamaka will look to terrify Pearce, who’s coming off a loss in his last UFC fight. Both the fighters are currently unranked in the featherweight division and would look to seal a spot in the top-15 post this fight.

Let’s have a look at their strengths, weaknesses, and determine who’s winning this battle.

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Jonathan Pearce or Kai Kamaka? who makes it to the top-15 Featherweights?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Kai Kamaka stands in his corner between rounds of his featherweight bout against Tony Kelley during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Kai Kamaka debuted with the UFC in August and beat Tony Kelly through a unanimous decision. ‘The Fighting Hawaiian’ has an 8-2 record and is on a six-fight win streak.

‘The Fighting Hawaiian’ is a solid grappler and dominates his opponents with an equal display of standup and ground game. In his UFC debut, Kamaka landed 7.60 strikes per minute with 61% striking accuracy.

The six-foot-tall KO artist, Jonathan Pearce, will look to capitalize on his height and 71-inch reach. Out of 9 wins in his pro-MMA career, Pearce has knocked out 7 opponents. Thus far, he has landed a whopping 11.21 strikes per minute.

The fighter also has a steep ground game. His takedown accuracy is 50% and goes for 4.48 takedowns on an average in 15 mins. ‘JSP’ has also defended up to 80% of takedowns in his entire career.

This will be the most lucrative matchup on this card, as it’s a striker vs grappler game. ‘The Fighting Hawaiian’ will look to give a stern test to Pearce in this fight and put him to the test. Pearce will move ahead with huge shots, pressurizing Kamaka to get a ‘W’ to his resume and fix a place in the top-15.

Prediction – Jonathan Pearce wins via TKO.

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