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Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/3/15

Tyron Woodley vs. Johny Hendricks

MMA: Sunday, October 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Toyota Center)

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

TV: PPV

Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley fight Saturday night in UFC 192 at the Toyota Center.

Johny Hendricks enters this fight with a 17-3 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by knockout. Hendricks has split his last four fights and is coming off a March win over Matt Brown. Hendricks is averaging 3.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.8 percent. Hendricks is averaging 4.44 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48 percent. Hendricks is one of the more successful wrestlers, as he averages four takedowns and can bring the fight to the canvas whenever he likes. But Hendricks has also become a top tier striker in the welterweight class and two of his last six wins have been knockouts. The concern with Hendricks is that he has had conditioning issues in the past and tends to ware down in the later rounds. This will be Hendricks’ fourth time fighting in Texas.

Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/3/15

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Tyron Woodley enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 40 percent of his fights by knockout. Woodley has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a January win over Kelvin Gastelum. Woodley is averaging 2.56 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.4 percent. Woodley is averaging 1.92 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 44.1 percent. Woodley has gone from college wrestler to nasty striker who has won four of his last five fights by knockout. Woodley is an accurate and powerful striker who has ended four of his last five wins in the second round or earlier. Woodley is also defending 91.6 percent of his takedowns, proving he’s an all-around fighter and tough to beat when on top of his game. This will be Woodley’s second time fighting in Texas.

This is going to be an interesting fight as both have heavy backgrounds in the ground game but have become above-average strikers at the UFC level. Overall, however, I give the slight edge to Woodley given his current form and the fact I think he’s slightly more balanced in terms of holding his own wherever this fight ends up.

Give me Woodley to win his third straight fight.

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