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Vitor Miranda vs. Clint Hester MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/15

Clint Hester (11-4) vs. Vitor Miranda (10-4)

MMA: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Rio de Janeiro)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: UFC Fight Pass

Vitor Miranda and Clint Hester fight Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 190.

Vitor Miranda enters this fight with a 10-4 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by knockout. Miranda has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Jake Collier. Miranda is averaging 1.75 significant strikes per minute and has an accuracy percentage of 51.4 percent. Grappling, Miranda has a takedown average of zero and a takedown accuracy percentage of zero. Miranda is a kickboxer at heart and wants to fight standing up to where he can take advantage of his range. Lex Luthor hasn’t consistently proven that he can win on the canvas and is defending takedowns at 22.2 percent. Miranda has two of his 10 wins by submission. Miranda has yet to fight outside his home country of Brazil.

Vitor Miranda vs. Clint Hester MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/15

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Clint Hester enters this fight with a 11-4 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by knockout. Hester has won seven of his last eight bouts but is coming off a November loss to Robert Whittaker. Hester is averaging 3.78 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.1 percent. Grappling, Hester has a takedown average of 0.97 and an accuracy percentage of 44.4 percent. Hester has improved technically and his wrestling ability, but he’s an athlete and a striker at heart. Hester moves around the ring well and wins most of his fights with his punches. Headbussa has not produced a submission victory in the UFC. This will be Hester’s first fight in Brazil and third time fighting out of the United States.

Both fighters should be comfortable for this match, as neither really wants to be on the ground wrestling the other. Miranda wants to land kicks to the head and body, while Hester is at his best when throwing punches and taking more of a boxing approach. However, Hester is the more balanced fighter of the two and can cause far more damage. To mention he’s eight years younger.

Look for Hester to bounce back and pick up a victory here.

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