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UFC London: A Career Renaissance For Mr. Finland

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Iridium Sports Agency broke the news that Makwan ”Mr. Finland” Amirkhani(17-7) Will be fighting Jonathan ”JSP” Pearce(12-4) at UFC London. 

UFC London: Chasing Greatness

Makwan Amirkhani has been a real grinder within the UFC for a long time, debuting in 2015 with an 8-second KO over Andy Ogle. Since then Amirkhani has had ups and downs, however, 2020 through 2021 was not kind to Mr.Finland, going on a three-fight skid. Dropping a solid scrap against Edson Barbosa, but getting brutally knocked out against Lerone Murphy.

Things were looking rough for the prospect as going 1-4 in his last five fights meant that a win over Mike Grundy was essential. It was worrisome for fans of the Iranian-born fighter as Grundy is a fantastic wrestler, taking bronze at the commonwealth games. However, the style played well into Amirkhani’s games as he seems to be able to find front chokes with constancy, having two in his UFC career. Amirkhani found the hold early and choked out Grundy in under a minute. Amirkhani is not out of the woods yet, being cut from the promotion is still a real possibility, as Jonathan Pearce looks to solidify his spot in the 145-pound weight division.

UFC London: Make or Break 

Jonathan Pearce is a solid switch stance fighter, standing at 6 foot even, which is big for the featherweight division. As far as the UFC goes JSP has only dropped one fight to Joe Lauzon of all people back in 2019. Since then he has gone on a three-fight win streak, with a notable win over Kai Kamaka. The Southern wants to stay active in 2022, with Amirkhani being a step up in competition. Mr.Finland is a bonafide featherweight in a make-or-break situation. While beating Grundy got him back in the winners’ circle, the Englishman was on a two-fight losing streak, and a loss here would leave Amirkani in a bad spot. He has not won two fights in a row since 2019 and can’t seem to get the ball rolling.

Even with that, the potential Mr.Finland has shown over the years is undeniable, and there seems to be a change in mentality that has sparked the interest of many. While the showdown with Grundy may not have been the complete showcase, considering the poor takedown entry from Grundy, the Iranian’s ability to finish the fight can’t be overlooked. To truly solidify a return to form, a win is needed here. 

UFC London: Implications and Matchup 

Both fighters are wrestlers, so this matchup can play out in a few ways. One thing that should be addressed by JSP is the front choke game of Amirkhani, shooting in without proper setup will end badly. With a takedown average of almost seven a fight, JSP could get caught in a hold. The stand-up ability of both men is hit or miss, which seems to be the biggest X factor in this fight. On paper it seems to be Amirkhani’s match to lose, so long as he does not get complacent this fight should go his way. At 33 years of age, who knows how many years Amirkhani hopes to fight, now is the time to make that run and live up to the hype.

Of course, it may be JSP’s time to make a notable run of his own, considering the lack of top-level grapplers in the featherweight division. This sleeper fight promise to deliver at UFC London, and it’s worth keeping an eye on. 

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