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Ross Pearson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 201 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16

Masvidal vs. Pearson

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

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Ross Pearson and Jorge Masvidal fight Saturday night on UFC 201 at the Philips Arena.

Ross Pearson enters this fight with a 21-11 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by decision. Pearson has split his last eight fights and is coming off a July loss to Will Brooks. Pearson is averaging 3.61 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.3 percent. Pearson is averaging 0.84 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 35.1 percent. Pearson took this fight on short notice after Siyar Bahadurzada pulled out due to illness. Pearson has been widely inconsistent the last couple of years but has still never lost back-to-back fights in his career. Pearson has shown what he’s capable of when in good form, but it’s truly tough to expect much of anything from the 31-year-old at this stage. This will be Pearson’s first fight in Atlanta.

Ross Pearson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 201 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16

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Jorge Masvidal enters this fight with a 29-11 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by decision. Masvidal has lost three of his last four fights and is coming off a May loss to Lorenz Larkin. Masvidal is averaging 3.86 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.3 percent. Masvidal is averaging 2.08 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60.3 percent. Masvidal is also in questionable form after losing back-to-back fights by split decision. In fact, three of Masvidal’s last four losses have been controversial. Either way, Masvidal kind of puts it on himself by not being aggressive enough offensively, as 15 of his last 17 fights have ended in decisions for better or worse. Masvidal must impress the judges more in order to flip those scorecards. This will be Masvidal’s first fight in Atlanta.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Pearson responds after taking on his second fight this month. He certainly has the talent to beat a guy in Masvidal who does tend to be conservative and does just enough to get the victory most nights. However, you have to like the fact Pearson always responds strong after a loss and has never lost two straight fights.

So, I’m going to side with Pearson in this matchup.

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