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Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/15

Beneil Dariush (11-1) vs. Michael Johnson (17-8)

MMA: Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Nashville)

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

TV: FOX Sports 1

Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush fight Saturday night in Tennessee at UFC Fight Night.

Michael Johnson enters this fight with a 17-8 record and is winning 47 percent of his fights by decision. Johnson has won his last four fights and is coming off a February win over Edson Barboza. Johnson is averaging 3.38 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.7 percent. Johnson is averaging 0.66 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. The Menace is one of the best strikers in the lightweight division and two of his last five wins have come by knockout by punches. Johnson’s weakness continues to be his grappling game, as he hates fighting on the canvas and six of his eight losses have come by submission. However, Johnson is defending 78.4 percent of takedowns and can compete with anyone when on his feet. This will be the first time Johnson fights in Tennessee.

Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/15

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Beneil Dariush enters this fight with a 11-1 record and is winning 55 percent of his fights by submission. Dariush has won his last four fights and is coming off a April win over Jim Miller. Dariush is averaging 2.48 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.2 percent. Dariush is averaging 2.29 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 53.3 percent. Dariush is one of the better grapplers in the lightweight division and three of his last five wins have come by submission. Benny wants a fight on the canvas and is always a threat to end it when he has his opponent on his back. Dariush’s main weakness is that he has holes in his defense when on his feet, as he gets hit way too often. This will be Dariush’s first fight in Tennessee.

They say styles make fights and this is really a clash between styles. Johnson wants to stay on his feet and throw haymakers, while Dariush wants to be on the canvas and wrestle his way during the fight. This should be interesting and could probably go either way.

However, I’m siding with Johnson in this match, as I think he can defend the takedowns enough to land some solid strikes and tilt this fight in his favor. Give me Johnson to pull out his fifth straight victory.

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