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Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 2/6/16

Zach Makovsky vs. Joseph Benavidez

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

The Line: Zach Makovsky +345 / Joseph Benavidez -430 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Joseph Benavidez and Zach Makovsky fight Saturday in UFC Fight Night 82 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Joseph Benavidez enters this fight with a 23-4 record and has won 39 percent of his fights by submission. Benavidez has won his last four fights and is coming off a October win over Ali Bagautinov. Benavidez is averaging 3.27 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Benavidez is averaging 1.37 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 29.5 percent. Benavidez is a terrific defensive fighter who not only defends a high percentage of his strikes but also 60.9 percent of his takedowns. Benavidez also has great stamina and can wear down his opponent with a balanced attack. Benavidez has been on a roll lately, losing only one fight since 2013, which came against Demetrious Johnson. This will be Benavidez’s eighth fight in Las Vegas.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 2/6/16

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Zach Makovsky enters this fight with a 19-6 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by decision. Makovsky has split his last four fights and is coming off a May loss to John Dodson. Makovsky is averaging 1.91 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.8 percent. Makovsky is averaging 3.6 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 32.1 percent. Makovsky has had his last eight fights end in a decision, and he’s not in great form after losing to Dodson and Jussier Formiga within the last two years. However, Makovsky does a nice job of defending his strikes and is an aggressive grappler who can be a tricky fighter once he gets his opponent on the canvas. This will be Makovsky third fight in Las Vegas.

As if Makovsky’s current form wasn’t enough to scare you away, Benavidez is simply the better fighter and should have little trouble bullying his way in this fight. Makovsky has lost against lesser talented fighters and isn’t accurate enough with his strikes to make a difference here.

Look for Benavidez to stay on his hot streak.

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