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Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/15

Charles Oliveira (20-4) vs. Max Holloway (13-3)

MMA: Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm (SaskTel Centre)

The Line: Oliveira +180 / Holloway -220 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 1

Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira meet Sunday night at the SaskTel Centre for UFC Fight Night.

Max Holloway enters this fight with a 13-3 record and is winning 46 percent of his fights by decision. Holloway has won his last six fights and is coming off a April victory over Cub Swanson. Holloway is averaging 5.64 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.7 percent. Holloway is averaging 0.11 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Holloway is one of the top up-and-comers in the sport at 23 years old and is a violent striker who uses his length to his advantage. Three of Holloway’s last six wins have come by knockout, but he’s also improved his grappling and his takedown defense has made strides as well. Holloway can, however, still improve his overall ground game. This will be Holloway’s first career fight in Canada and third fight out of the U.S.

Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/15

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Charles Oliveira enters this fight with a 20-4 record and is winning 60 percent of his fights by submission. Oliveira has won his last four fights and is coming off a May victory over Nik Lentz. Oliveira is averaging 3.29 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.4 percent. Oliveira is averaging 2.24 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34.8 percent. Oliveira has a ton of experience for a fighter who is still just 25 years old, and he’s beaten some decent competition as of late. Oliveira is a natural grappler who knows how to finish matches when given the chance. Seven of Oliveira’s last eight wins have come by submission. However, Oliveira has yet to really beat that guy to really put him over the top. This will be Oliveira’s third time fighting in Canada.

This is an interesting fight between two young guys who are just itching to take their career to the next level. It’s also a contrast in styles with Oliveira looking to fight on the canvas and Holloway wanting to take advantage of his striking game.

Overall, I have to side with Holloway in this bout, as I think he’s more powerful and the more polished fighter at this stage of his career.

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