UFC Dublin Preview – Cody Donovan vs. Nikita Krylov

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With just days to go until UFC Dublin we here at SevereMMA want to get you more familiar with some of the fighters on show with a series of profiles on each bout. From first prelim to the main event this card is full of quality mixed matrial artists with interesing careers. Next up is the light-heavyweight bout between Cody Donovan and Nikita Krylov.

Cody Donovan

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Nickname: Donnybrook
Twitter: @donnybrookcody
Record: 8 wins, 4 losses
Age: 33
Height: 6’3”
Notable wins: Peter Nolan (June 2012), Nick Penner (December 2012)
Notable losses: Ovince St. Preux (August 2013), Gian Villante (November 2013)
Facts and Stats: 7 of his 8 career wins have come inside the distance. All 4 losses have been via (T)KO Finished 4 opponents in the first round.
Strengths: Powerful striking with right hand and kicks, jiu-jitsu, trains out of strong camps (Elevation and Grudge)
Weaknesses: Open to be countered, gets taken down as he kicks, prone to the KO.
Keys to victory: Don’t rush in, keep hands up, land the right hand, get takedowns and use jiu-jitsu.


 

Nikita Krylov

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Nickname: Al Capone
Twitter: @AlCaponeMMA
Record: 16 wins, 4 losses.
Age: 22
Height: 6’3”
Notable wins: Walt Harris (January 2014)
Notable losses: Ovince St. Preux (March 2014), Soa Palelei (August 2013)
Facts and Stats: Went unbeaten in 12 fights to start his career, recently dropped down from heavyweight, all 20 fights have finished inside the distance.
Strengths: Submissions, Knockout power with hands and feet.
Weaknesses: Submission defence, wrestling
Keys to victory: Avoid the right hand, use counters and headkicks, get on top if it hits the floor.

 

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