Magnus Cedenblad vs. Garreth McLellan UFC Fight Night 87 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/8/16
Garreth McLellan vs. Magnus Cedenblad
UFC: Sunday, March 8, 2016 (Ahoy Rotterdam)
The Line: Magnus Cedenblad -275 / Garreth McLellan +235 Over/Under: 1.5 See the Latest Odds
Magnus Cedenblad and Garreth McLellan fight Sunday at the Ahoy Rotterdam during UFC Fight Night 87.
Magnus Cedenblad enters this fight with a 13-4 record and has won 46 percent of his fights by knockout. Cedenblad has won seven of his last eight fights and is coming off a 2014 win over Scott Askham. Cedenblad is averaging 1.69 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 59.7 percent. Cedenblad is averaging 2.76 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 54.5 percent. Cedenblad hasn’t had a fight since UFC Fight Night 53 and has really become an afterthought in his division. Still, Cedenblad is riding a three-fight winning streak and is a tough fighter due to his girding mentality. Cedenblad likes to wear down his opponent with his grappling and wrestling, and he’s an accurate striker. The concern with Cedenblad is obvious ring rust. This will be Cedenblad’s first fight in the Netherlands.
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Garreth McLellan enters this fight with a 13-3 record and has won 69 percent of his fights by submission. McLellan has won five of his last six fights and is coming off an October win over Bubba Bush. McLellan is averaging 3.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 71.4 percent. McLellan is averaging one takedown with an accuracy percentage of 22.2 percent. McLellan is a very physical fighter who is still trying to find his way in the UFC after two fights. McLellan relies on his overwhelming power and is an extremely accurate striker who is coming off a knockout victory. McLellan obviously knows his way around the canvas and finishes fights at a high clip, but he hasn’t had a ton of success with his takedowns at the UFC level. McLellan needs a win here to really introduce himself to UFC fans.
I like experience and I like balance, and Cedenblad has the advantage over McLellan in both areas. McLellan is still trying to figure himself out as a fighter and hasn’t looked overly impressive in his limited time in the UFC.
I like Cedenblad to get the victory here.