Jordan Johnson vs Adam Yandiev UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/15/18
Adam Yandiev vs Jordan Johnson
UFC: Saturday, September 15, 2018 (Olimpiyskiy Stadium)
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Jordan Johnson will be fighting Adam Yandiev at UFC Fight Night 136 as a part of the preliminary card. Both Yandiev and Johnson will be fighting in the Light Heavyweight category.
Jordan Johnson enters this fight with an unbeaten professional MMA record of 9 wins and no losses. This will be the fourth time that Jordan Johnson is fighting in the UFC with the previous occasion being in March at UFC 222 where he beat Adam Milstead. In his 9 wins, Jordan Johnson has established himself as a submission artist having won 4 times in that method. Johnson was a former wrestler and much of his submission ability has been developed from those origins. In this fight, Johnson will try to take this fight to the mat where he will be able to best exploit his skills in submission. This is the first time that Jordan Johnson will be fighting outside of the United States which means he will have to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings.
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Adam Yandiev has an identical record to Jordan Johnson as he also enters this fight with an unbeaten record of 9 wins and no losses. It is important to note that this will be the first time that Adam Yandiev will be fighting since 2015. Yandiev has been away from the MMA scene for almost 3 years and that will be a definite negative since he will have lost the familiarity of being inside the octagon. In addition to that, this will be the first time that Yandiev will be fighting in the UFC. His previous fights were with M-1 so it will be interesting to see if Yandiev can adjust to the higher standards of the UFC. With that in mind, Yandiev is Russian and will be fighting at home so that should give his a boost since the crowd will be behind him.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to predict Jordan Johnson to win. Johnson has been more active in the MMA circuit and even though Yandiev will be at home, the Russian will be in a much more unfamiliar setup since he has neither fought in the 3 years nor in the UFC. I see Jordan Johnson winning.