UFC Fight Night: Jung vs Ige: Kalinn Williams vs Matthew Semelsberger: Prelims Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/16/2021, 1:43 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Jung vs Ige will see a welterweight match-up between Kalinn Williams and Matthew Semelsberger go down. Both fighters are highly touted contenders in the 170 lbs division of the UFC. With a win, either man can elevate their position further in terms of their standpoint in the division.

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‘Khaos The Ox Fighter’ is coming off a decision loss against Michel Pereira in his last fight in December 2020. That brought an end to his triumphant UFC start. Williams earned 2 knockouts within 30 seconds in his first two fights in the UFC. He will make a walk to the Octagon for the fourth time in his UFC career when he faces Semelsberger this weekend.

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Semelsberger, on the other hand, has a 100% record in his two-fight long UFC career so far. After earning a decision against Carlton Minus in his promotional debut in August 2020, ‘Semi The Jedi’ earned a sensational first-round finish against Jason Witt in his last fight inside the Octagon.

Williams has a record of 11-2 with 7 (6 T/KO and 1 submission) finishes. Semelsberger’s record stands at 8-2 with 6 finishes (5 T/KO and 1 submission).

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Kalinn Williams vs Matthew Semelsberger: Analysis

Bothy Williams and Semelsberger have legitimate knockout prowess. Williams, however, is faster, younger, and has a reach advantage that might benefit him. Also, Williams has shown more than Semelsberger in his fights so far. Furthermore, his opponents have been tougher than that of ‘Semi The Jedi’.

Semelsberger looked a bit out of sorts in his fight against Carlton Minus. Meanwhile, Williams’s loss to Pereira was a very close contest and the fight could have gone either way.

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Both fighters are fast starters. But they might just take a bit more cautious approach and respect each other’s power early in the fight. This scrap might be a grinding one from both fighters.

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However, Williams might just be too much for Semelsberger, especially considering he must have evolved after his loss to Pereira. He might just edge out a decision in his favor.

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Final prediction: Kalinn ‘Khaos The Ox Fighter‘ Williams by unanimous decision.

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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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