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Nikita Krylov vs. Ed Herman UFC 201 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16

Herman vs. Krylov

UFC: Saturday, July 30, 2016 (Philips Arena)

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Nikita Krylov and Ed Herman fight Saturday night on UFC 201 at the Philips Arena.

Nikita Krylov enters this fight with a 20-4 record and has won 65 percent of his fights by submission. Krylov has won four straight fights and is coming off a May win over Francimar Barroso. Krylov is averaging 6.27 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 65.6 percent. Krylov is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Krylov has been on a real hot streak ever since switching to the light heavyweight division and is quickly climbing up the rankings at just 24 years old. Krylov is an accurate striker with some power, but he’s most effective on the canvas where he’s won his last three fights by submission. Krylov has won all 20 of his fights by either submission or knockout. This will be Krylov’s first fight in Atlanta.

Nikita Krylov vs. Ed Herman UFC 201 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16

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Ed Herman enters this fight with a 24-11 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by submission. Herman has split his last six fights and is coming off a January win over Tim Boetsch. Herman is averaging 3.06 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.6 percent. Herman is averaging 2.75 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50.8 percent. Herman has been hit or miss over the years, and he hasn’t won two straight fights since 2011-12. However, Herman looked sharp in his return to the light heavyweight division and even earned performance of the night. Herman is an accurate striker with knockout power but is most effective on the canvas where he has won five of his last seven fights by either submission or decision. This will be Herman’s first fight in Atlanta.

This should be an interesting fight between the experienced Herman and the rising star in Krylov. In terms of picking a winner you have to side with Krylov, who is not only in better form, younger and more athletic, but he’s also a more balanced fighter who mixes his strikes and takedowns well. Herman will have a hard time keeping up with Krylov in this fight.

Look for Krylov to win his fifth straight fight.

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