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Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16

Allen vs. Bektic

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

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

TV: PPV

Mirsad Bektic and Arnold Allen fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Mirsad Bektic enters this fight with a 10-0 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Bektic’s third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a May win over Lucas Martins. Bektic is averaging 2.82 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.5 percent. Bektic is averaging 2.96 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 58.3 percent. Bektic is now 3-0 in the UFC and is a potential rising superstar at just 25 years old. Bektic is the clear striking power to end a fight whenever, but he’s also an aggressive and accurate takedown artist who has two submission victories as well. Bektic has produced three knockouts in his last five fights. This will be Bektic’s first fight in England.

Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16

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Arnold Allen enters this fight with a 11-1 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by knockout. Allen has won his last four fights and is coming off a February win over Yaotzin Meza. Allen is averaging 2.02 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 30.6 percent. Allen is averaging 2.81 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. Allen is also an up-and-coming star who is now 2-0 in UFC and is just 22 years old. In a limited sample size, Allen has shown pop in his strikes but also the willingness and aggressiveness with his takedowns. Allen is quite polished for such a young fighter and is very sharp on the defensive end. Allen’s only loss came to Marcin Wrzosek back in 2014 during CWFC 69. This will be Allen’s ninth fight in England.

This should be a hell of a matchup between two promising and rising fighters who are eager to climb the rankings and prove they can compete with the best in the world. You can truly make a case for either fighter in the match. However, I think Allen is the slightly more polished fighter overall and he’ll be the massive crowd favorite in England and that could be the deciding factor between these two.

It’s one of the harder fights to call on the card, but I like Allen to prevail.

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