UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland – Montel Jackson vs Jesse Strader: Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/19/2021, 2:44 PM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland will be headlined by Kevin Holland and Derek Brunson in an important clash between two middleweight contenders. Montel Jackson and Jesse Strader will clash in the bantamweight division, with both men looking to get the win and springboard to a favorable situation.

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Former Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus, Jackson, will make his 6th UFC appearance against Strader. ‘Quik’ has won 3 out of his 5 fights in the organization.

The former Combate America fighter, Strader, will make his maiden appearance in the UFC against Jackson. The 29-year-old is currently on a 2-fight winning streak with his last win coming by way of knockout.

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Before this weekend’s important bantamweight clash, we take a look at the prediction and fight analysis of Jackson vs Strader.

 

Montel Jackson and Jesse Strader in numbers

The 28-year-old, Jackson, has a professional record of 9-2. He has 6 finishes under his belt with 5 coming by T/KO and 1 by submission.

After dropping a decision against Ricky Simon in his promotional debut at UFC 227, ‘Quik’defeated Brian Kelleher, Andre Soukhamthath, and Felipe Dias Colares on the trot. He submitted Kelleher at UFC 232, which has been his only finish in the UFC.

‘Sui Generis’ has a professional record of 5-1. He has finished 4 out of those 5 fights, all by knockout. Strader’s only career loss came via knockout against UFC newcomer Marcelo Rojo.

Since his loss to Rojo, Strader has managed to rack up two back-to-back finishes over his opponents. He will look to make a name for himself in his UFC debut with a statement performance over ‘Quik’.

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However, ‘Quik’ is certainly more battle-tested. What’s more, Jackson has never been finished in his professional career yet. So, that will be put to the test against ‘Sui Generis’ as Jackson will look to weather the early storm from Strader.

He should be able to use his arsenal of skills and turn the fight in his favor in the latter rounds of the contest. Strader is usually a finisher; however, if he can’t get that finish early in the fight, that might leave him vulnerable to Jackson’s own pedigree to finish fights. So, Jackson should be able to get a unanimous decision or even a late finish in the fight.

Final Prediction: ‘Quik’ by a third-round finish.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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