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Yao Zhikui vs. Jenel Lausa UFC Fight Night 97 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16

Lausa vs. Zhikui

UFC: Saturday, October 15, 2016 (Mall of Asia Arena)

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Yao Zhikui and Jenel Lausa fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 97 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Yao Zhikui enters this fight with a 2-4 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Zhikui has split his last four fights and is coming off a November loss to Fredy Serrano. Zhikui is averaging 1.2 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 20.4 percent. Zhikui is averaging 0.49 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 16.6 percent. Zhikui hopes to bounce back after suffering a nasty arm injury trying to defend a takedown in the first minute of his last fight. It’s been an eventful three fights for Zhikui in the UFC, and the 25-year-old has yet to lose back-to-back fights in his young career. Zhikui should be aggressive with his wrestling attack in this matchup. This will be Zhikui’s second fight in the Philippines.

Yao Zhikui vs. Jenel Lausa UFC Fight Night 97 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16

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Jenel Lausa enters this fight with a 6-2 record and has won 33 percent of his fights by knockout. Lausa has won four straight fights and is coming off a January win over Crisanto Pitpitunge. Lausa will make his UFC with this fight and enters with a ton of confidence given his nice little winning streak he has going. Lausa has a deep boxing background where he was 7-0 with four knockouts and recently won the ornamental Philippine Boxing Federation super bantamweight title back in July. However, a four-fight contract has forced Lausa to step away from the spot for now. There’s very little mma film out there on the 28-year-old Lausa, but we do now he’s quick and is a very accurate striker giving his boxing past. Lausa will have to prove he can hold his own when it comes to wrestling and grappling.

This fight is very interesting and could go either way if Lausa is able to stay on his feet and get his strikes in play. Zhikui is obviously the more experienced and would probably have the advantage if the fight foes to the canvas, but he hasn’t exactly blown the doors off in his first three fights anyway. Lausa is a natural with his striking attack and will be a heavy crowd favorite with this match taking place in the Philippines.

While I haven’t seen much mma from Lausa, there is a boxing match out there on Youtube. I’ll take a shot in the dark and back Lausa to win this fight.

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