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Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16

Tumenov vs. Edwards

UFC: Saturday, October 8, 2016 (Manchester Arena)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Leon Edwards and Albert Tumenov fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Leon Edwards enters this fight with a 11-3 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by knockout. Edwards has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a May win over Dominic Waters. Edwards is averaging 2.03 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.7 percent. Edwards is averaging 0.5 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 28.5 percent. Edwards has really settled into UFC since making his debut a couple of years ago and now has a shot at the biggest victory of his career. Edwards is a power and accurate striker at heart who has produced three knockouts in his last six wins, but his ground game has improved and he’s capable of using his athleticism and slipping into a submission if his opponent isn't careful. This will be Edwards’ 10th fight in England, his current residence.

Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16

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Albert Tumenov enters this fight with a 17-3 record and has won 65 percent of his fights by knockout. Tumenov has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to Gunnar Nelson. Tumenov is averaging 4.04 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.5 percent. Tumenov is averaging 0.25 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 20 percent. Tumenov has yet to lose back-to-back fights in his career and will be fighting for the third time this year. There’s really no surprises with Tumenov, as he has a very limited ground game and relies on his power and striking attack. Tumenov has 11 victories by knockout and has yet to win by submission. Tumenov needs a fight standing up as 10 of his last 12 victories have come by knockout. This will be Tumenov’s first fight in England.

This should be a fun fight if you like strikers who have the ability to end a fight with one good shot. Neither one of these guys have shown much on the canvas, as they’d like to punch and kick their way to victory. Tumenov is the more accomplished and experienced fighter, but Edwards is more athletic and is starting to really build some confidence over the course of his last few fights. This is the moment Edwards has been waiting for and he’s only lost once in nine previous fights in England.

I’ll take a shot with Edwards in this matchup.

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