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?
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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