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Richard Walsh vs. Viscardi Andrade UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/19/16

Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh

UFC: Saturday, March 19, 2016 (Brisbane Entertainment Centre)

The Line: Richard Walsh -110 / Viscardi Andrade -110 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Richard Walsh and Viscardi Andrade fight Saturday night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Richard Walsh enters this fight with a 9-4 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Walsh has split his last four fights and is coming off a November win over Steve Kennedy. Walsh is averaging 4.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55.8 percent. Walsh is averaging 1.59 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55.5 percent. Walsh is a very disruptive striker who delivers accurate blows and is most effective in the clinch. Walsh can end a fight very quickly when he gets comfortable and is also defending 63.4 percent of his opponent's strikes. The concern with Walsh is that he has yet to beat a respectable fighter at this point. Walsh has fought majority of his career in Australia, his home country.

Richard Walsh vs. Viscardi Andrade UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/19/16

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Viscardi Andrade enters this fight with a 18-7 record and has won 39 percent of his fights by decision. Andrade has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November win over Gasan Umalatov. Andrade is averaging 3.61 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.2 percent. Andrade is averaging 0.47 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25 percent. Andrade is a pretty balanced fighter who has held his own in UFC with victories over Umalatov and Bristol Marunde. Andrade packs quite a punch with his strikes and defends 62.6 percent of opponents strikes. It will be interesting to see how Andrade handles his first fight outside of his comfort zone. This will be Andrade’s first fight outside of Brazil.

This will be an interesting fight between two guys who have shown balance in their grappling and striking attacks. However, Walsh is more polished with his ground game than Andrade is, and he has the crowd advantage on his side as well. We’ve never seen Andrade fight outside of Brazil, which is an issue for me.

In a toss up, I’ll take the more balanced fighter and the guy who is fighting on his home soil.

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