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Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 2/6/16

Stephen Thompson vs. Johny Hendricks

UFC: Saturday, February 6, 2016 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

The Line: Stephen Thompson +180 / Johny Hendricks -220 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson fight Saturday in UFC Fight Night 82 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Johny Hendricks enters this fight with a 17-3 record and is winning 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 a terrific and aggressive wrestler who is averaging nearly 4.5 takedowns per match and is defending 61.1 percent of his takedowns. Hendricks Hendricks has a big advantage if this fight gets to the canvas. The concern with Hendricks is that he has conditioning issues and usually does just what it takes to win. This will be Hendricks’ sixth fight in Las Vegas.

Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 2/6/16

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Stephen Thompsonenters this fight with a 11-1 record and is winning 55 percent of his fights by knockout. Thompson has won his last five fights and is coming off a July win over Jake Ellenberger. Thompson is averaging 4.68 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.4 percent. Thompson is averaging 1.17  takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55.5 percent. Thompson is one of the more aggressive and dominant strikers in the sport, as he punches with power and superb accuracy. Thompson can end a fight rather quickly due to his offensive game, as he’s won three of his last four by knockout. The issue with Thompson is that he isn’t a great wrestler and could be a at a huge disadvantage if he’s forced to fight on his back. This will be Thompson’s sixth fight in Las Vegas.

In a bout between a striker and a wrestler, I usually side with the guy with the better ground game simply because it’s easier to get a guy on the mat than to keep a fight standing up. However, there’s value to backing Thompson in this fight, as he’s on a roll right now and has the power to end this fight with one swing.

I’m backing the underdog here.

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