UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori – Grant Dawson vs. Rick Glenn: Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/22/2021, 10:51 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night 196, headlined by Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori, is stacked with some exciting fights. The lightweight co-main between Grant Dawson and Rick Glenn is one of them.

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Dawson, coming into the fight is on an eight-fight win streak, five of which have come in the UFC. His last fight was against Leonardo Santos at UFC Vegas 22. He won the fight via a knockout in the third round. He will look to keep his recent run-off form going and become a contender in the lightweight division.

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Glenn made his return to the UFC after injuries and some layoff in 2021. He moved back to the lightweight division for the first time since 2016. In his last fight, he went up against Joaquim Silva at UFC Vegas 29 and came up with a win. He won the fight via knockout in the very first round. He too will look to capitalize on his last win and keep the winning streak going, which has been an issue for him recently.

Let’s inspect the matchup to see who might have an advantage in the fight.

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Grant Dawson vs. Rick Glenn: An exciting lightweight fight

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Grant Dawson is one of the brightest prospects in the UFC right now. ‘KDB’ holds a 17-1 record in his career and is undefeated in his last eight fights. He has an excellent ground game and 11 of his 17 wins have come via submission. It is not a secret that he will try to take the fight to the ground, as he likes being in the top position. Dawson will try to get in and shoot for Glenn’s legs, looking for a takedown. Also, being on a winning streak will help him in entering the fight confident.

Rick Glenn is a man who likes to fight on his feet. Having made his pro-MMA debut back in 2006, he has a wealth of experience. He is a southpaw with impressive striking ability. Glenn’s takedown defense will be tested for sure against a superior grappler in Dawson. ‘The Gladiator’ would need to find his range early in order to land his strikes. One thing that can also benefit him is the clinch. He is quite strong in a clinch and can land heavy strikes from that position. However, Glenn hasn’t been able to get together a winning streak and is 2-2 in his last four fights.

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This fight will be a battle of styles, but Dawson’s grappling ability is way superior to Glenn’s. If he is able to take him down, the fight will become very difficult for Glenn.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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