Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16
Stasiak vs. Grant
UFC: Saturday, October 8, 2016 (Manchester Arena)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Davey Grant and Damian Stasiak fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.
Davey Grant enters this fight with a 10-2 record and has won 70 percent of his fights by submission. Grant has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Marlon Vera. Grant is averaging 4.06 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.8 percent. Grant is averaging 0.68 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 12.5 percent. Grant is now 1-1 in UFC fights and hopes to make a statement in front of his home fans of England. Grant has been a submission machine throughout his career and usually always has the advantage if a fight goes to the canvas. However, Grant has also shown great accuracy with his strikes as of late and is defending nearly 70 percent of opponent's counters. Still, Grant wants a fight in his comfort zone where he can work his opponent on the canvas.
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Damian Stasiak enters this fight with a 10-2 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Stasiak has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Filip Pejić. Stasiak is averaging 0.93 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 61.5 percent. Stasiak is averaging 2.61 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 75 percent. Stasiak is also 1-1 in his UFC career and will be fighting for the fifth time since 2015. Stasiak is an aggressive takedown artist who wrestles and grapples his way to victory with six f his 10 career wins coming by submission. Stasiak does a good job of dictating the pace of the fight and all three of his losses have come by decision. This will be Stasiak’s second fight in England.
We have two fighters who have a knack for finishing a fight on the canvas and will want to spend much of the time grappling and wrestling. It really comes down to who can dictate the fight and be the successor in terms of the takedown. It’s really a toss-up given the numbers are so similar and the style of both guys. However, I give the slight edge to Grant simply because he’s shown more in terms of striking and is probably the better defender of the takedown. It also doesn't hurt that Grant will be the crowd favorite, giving him that extra motivation to get his second career UFC victory.
I’ll side with Grant in this contest.