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Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/15

Jimi Manuwa (15-1) vs. Anthony Johnson (19-4)

MMA: Sunday, September 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

The Line: Johnson -500 / Manuwa +400 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PPV

Anthony Johnson and Jimi Manuwa fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Anthony Johnson enters this fight with a 19-4 record and has won 68 percent of his fights by knockout. Johnson has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to Daniel Cormier. Johnson is averaging 3.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.5 percent. Johnson is averaging 2.36 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 57.1 percent. Johnson is a very dangerous striker who has won six of his last eight bouts by knockout. It’s tough to beat Johnson on your feet, and he’s defending an impressive 64.5 percent of strikes. Johnson’s weakness is that he’s not a great wrestler and struggles on his back, as we saw in his last fight. This will Johnson’s sixth time fighting in Las Vegas.

Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/15

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Jimi Manuwa enters this fight with a 15-1 record and has won 87 percent of his fights by knockout. Manuwa has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Jan B?achowicz. Manuwa is averaging 3.81 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 59.5 percent. Manuwa is averaging 0.98 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Manuwa hits like a truck and lands a high percentage of his strikes, as only two of his wins have not come by knockout. Manuwa simply isn’t the guy you want to trade punches with, as he is extremely strong and accurate. Manuwa hasn’t shown much on the canvas, however, he is defending 78.5 percent of his takedown attempts. This will be Manuwa’s first career fight in Las Vegas and first fight in the U.S.

This could be a blood bath, as both guys aren't much into the wrestling and grappling. They both want to stand and throw punch after punch. This should be fun.

Overall, Johnson is the more polished fighter and has far more experience against better fighters. I like Johnson to bounce back with a big victory. 

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