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Tavares, a jiu-jitsu player by trade, has developed a pretty solid Muay Thai game over the past few years. He doesn't wield much power, though, and his standup more complements his submission skills than stands alone as a threat all its own.
Against Nurmagomedov, the key will be gaining the clinch. From there Tavares can work in some knees or look for a way to bring the bout to the canvas.
Defensively, Tavares tends to get hit a lot. This continues to be a problem for him and is something he'll need to figure out before sharing the Octagon with an active striker like Nurmagomedov.
In just two fights under the UFC banner, Nurmagomedov has shown himself a capable striker.
Like Tavares, he lacks one-punch knockout power, but he has rattled opponents in the past and taken the opportunity to end the fight from the mat, either with follow up strikes or a submission.
Nurmagomedov would be wise to establish some range in this bout. He won't want to enter the clinch—at least not for striking purposes—with Tavares but could do some real damage by peppering his opponent from the outside.
Each fighter owns an advantage in different aspects of the standup game, but the time spent in range usually exceeds that in the clinch, and in range is where Nurmagomedov will have the edge.
It may very well be the young Russian's strategy to keep this one on the feet and outpoint, or try to stop his Brazilian counterpart, with strikes.