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Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt UFC Fight Night 88 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/29/16

Garbrandt vs. Almeida

UFC: Sunday, May 29, 2016 (Mandalay Bay Events Center)

The Line: Almeida -150 / Garbrandt +130 Over/Under: 1.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt fight Sunday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in UFC Fight Night 88.

Thomas Almeida enters this fight with a 21-0 record and has won 76 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Almeida’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over Anthony Birchak. Almeida is averaging 6.82 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.1 percent. Almeida is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Almeida is proving himself as a knockout artist and one of the more exciting fighters in the sport. Almeida has won three of his four UFC fights by knockout and is an aggressive & violent striker who keeps his opponent on their heels. This will be Almeida’s second fight in Las Vegas.

Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt UFC Fight Night 88 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/29/16

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Cody Garbrandt enters this fight with a 8-0 record and has won 88 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Garbrandt’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a February win over Augusto Mendes. Garbrandt is averaging 3.63 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.2 percent. Garbrandt is averaging 1.76 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 44.4 percent. Garbrandt is also climbing up the rankings, as he’s 3-0 in UFC fights and two of those have ended in knockouts. Garbrandt is a terrific combination striker and does a great job of controlling the pace of a fight. Garbrandt is also defending 67.7 percent of his opponent's strikes. This will be Garbrandt’s third fight in Las Vegas.

This match should be very, very entertaining. Both guys are undefeated and some of the best young knockout artists the sport has to offer. When it’s all said and done, I give the edge to Almeida. He’s more experienced and has a five-inch reach advantage over Garbrandt. Almeida has also shown he’s the more accurate striker.

This should be fun, but I have Almeida remaining undefeated when it’s said and done.

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