An excellent matchup of powerful strikers, this fight will be a war on the feet. In this bout, we’ll see two rising prospects collide in the octagon.
This fight takes place in the Featherweight (145 lbs) division.
Josh Culibao has a professional record of 10-1-1 and has won 3 of his last five fights with one draw. He holds UFC victories over Seung-Woo Choi and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke.
Melsik Baghdasaryan has a professional record of 7-1-0 and has not lost a fight since his MMA debut in 2014. He holds UFC victories over Collin Anglin and Bruno Souza.
Culibao is a technical striker who’s constantly feinting and moving and throws every shot with power. He tends to throw in combination, with his best punch being his right straight, but he also has a solid kicking game. Culibao is patient and won’t overextend, but he constantly pursues a finish and will often increase his pace as the fight continues. He holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so he has grappling capabilities. Despite this, he has not attempted a takedown in the UFC but has defended 82% of takedowns tried on him.
Baghdasaryan is a former professional kickboxer with a record of 9-2 and even challenged for a K-1 World Title before coming to MMA. Unsurprisingly he is an excellent striker with serious power in his punches and kicks. He is always coming forward and never telegraphs his shots and does a great job of varying his shots, attacking the head and body evenly. He is very defensively sound, with him, on average, landing nearly double as many strikes as he absorbs. Like his opponent, Baghdasaryan has not attempted a takedown in the UFC but has exhibited both solid takedown defense (76%) and good clinch striking.
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