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Sam Stout vs. Frankie Perez MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/15

Frankie Perez (9-2) vs. Sam Stout (21-11-1)

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

The Line: Perez -125 / Stout +105 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 1

Sam Stout and Frankie Perez fight Sunday night at the SaskTel Centre during UFC Fight Night.

Sam Stout enters this fight with a 21-11-1 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by decision. Stout has lost four of his last six fights and is coming off a March loss to Ross Pearson. Stout is averaging 4.18 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 28.9 percent. Stout is averaging 0.63 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.4 percent. Stout is a striker first and won a lot of his early fights by way of knockout. Stout is a volume striker with a defensive percentage of 57.5 percent, and he’s improved his grappling game over the years. Still, Stout has won just three fights since 2012 and isn’t completely comfortable when he finds himself on the canvas. This will be Stout’s 19th fight in Canada, his home country.

Sam Stout vs. Frankie Perez MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/15

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Frankie Perez enters this fight with a 9-2 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by submission. Perez has split his last four fights and is coming off a January loss to Johnny Case. Perez is averaging 1.34 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41 percent. Perez is averaging 1.26 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25 percent. Perez is pretty much in a must-win position as an 0-2 start could send him packing for a while. Perez is a decent wrestler and comfortable of the canvas, but he didn’t get a great chance to show that in his match against Case. If Perez can work the mat, he controls his fights and knows how to put it away with a submission. Three of Perez’s five victories have come by way of submission.

This is an interesting match between a guy who throws a ton of strikes against a guy who wants a fight on the canvas. However, Stout has improved as a wrestler as of late and has shown more willingness to take his opponent to the ground. Add in more experience, and I like the slight underdog in Stout.

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