Chris Beal vs. Joe Soto UFC Fight Night 89 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/16
Soto vs. Beal
UFC: Saturday, June 18, 2016 (TD Place Arena)
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Chris Beal and Joe Soto fight Saturday night during UFC Fight Night 89 at the TD Place Arena.
Chris Beal enters this fight with a 10-2 record and has won 70 percent of his fights by decision. Beal has lost his last two fights and is coming off a August loss to Chris Kelades. Beal is averaging 2.89 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.7 percent. Beal is averaging 2.03 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 58.3 percent. Beal needs a victory here after losing back-to-back fights and dropping to 2-2 in UFC overall. Beal is accurate and sharp striker due to his boxing background, and he wants a fight on his feet. Beal has improved his wrestling in his last few fights but is much more effective off the canvas when he can land punches with his 69 inch reach. This will be Beal’s second fight in Canada.
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Joe Soto enters this fight with a 15-5 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by submission. Soto has lost his last three fights and is coming off a January loss to Michinori Tanaka. Soto is averaging 3.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.2 percent. Soto is averaging 0.39 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 12.5 percent. Soto is taking this fight on short notice after Norifumi Yamamoto pulled out due to injury. Soto is now 0-3 in UFC fights and two of those losses have come by knockout. The positives for Soto is that he’s a pretty solid striker who lands often and knows how to finish a fight if it goes to the canvas. Four of Soto’s last five victories have come by submission. This will be Soto’s first fight in Canada.
Neither fighter is in great form, so you may be better off flipping a coin. However, Soto has yet to win a fight in UFC after three tries and is taking this on short notice which often isn’t good. Beal has only lost one clear time and has proven himself more than Soto at this level.
So, I’m going to side with Beal in this fight.