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Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/12/15

Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor

UFC: Saturday, December 12, 2015 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

The Line: Conor McGregor -115 / Ronda Rousey -2000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PPV

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Conor McGregor enters this fight with a 18-2 record and has won 89 percent of his fights by knockout. McGregor has won his last 14 fights and is coming off a July win over Chad Mendes. McGregor is averaging 5.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.2 percent. McGregor is averaging 1.93 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 83.3 percent. McGregor is a striker at heart who relies on his long reach and quick hands to land power and accurate blows. McGregor is also as tough and confident as they come, and he can back that up with incredible stamina and a proven chin. The concern is that McGregor isn’t the smartest fighter in the world, as he’s more than willing to take strikes and can put himself in dangerous positions at times. This will be McGregor’s third fight in Las Vegas.  

Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/12/15

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Jose Aldo enters this fight with a 25-1 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Aldo has won his last 18 fights and is coming off an Oct 2014 win over Chad Mendes. Aldo is averaging 3.29 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.7 percent. Aldo is averaging 0.93 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 72.2 percent. Aldo isn’t averaging a ton of takedowns, but he has a nice size advantage in wrestling, ground control and kicking ability. Aldo may be the most balanced fighter in the sport. Aldo does a nice job of dictating the fight and controlling the ring. The concern for Aldo is that his stamina has been in question over the years and he doesn’t have the advantage if this fight lasts standing up. This will be Aldo’s third time fighting in Las Vegas.

This is the fight MMA fans have been waiting ages to see and the line is right on the money, as it’s truly a complete toss up. Aldo may be the more balanced fighter between the two, but it’s so damn tough to bet against the toughness and striking ability of McGregor. His technique may not always be great, but McGregor simply finds ways to win and remain on top of the sport.

I have to go with McGregor, as he has the higher ability to end this fight with one swing than Aldo does.

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