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Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held UFC Fight Night 103 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/15/17

Held vs. Lauzon

UFC: Sunday, January 15, 2017 (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Lauzon -140 / Held +120 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Joe Lauzon and Marcin Held fight Sunday night during UFC Fight Night 103 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Joe Lauzon enters this fight with a 26-13 record and is winning 65 percent of his fights by submission. Lauzon has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a August loss to Jim Miller. Lauzon is averaging 2.73 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.5 percent. Lauzon is averaging 2.38 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.5 percent. Lauzon has been hit or miss as of late, but he should be highly motivated for a bounce back performance after losing in a controversial decision a few months ago. Lauzon is mostly known as a submission artist who has a big advantage on the canvas, but his last three victories have come by knockout. Overall, Lauzon knows how to finish fights, as 25 of his 26 wins have come by some sort of stoppage. This will be Lauzon’s first fight in Arizona.

Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held UFC Fight Night 103 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/15/17

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Marcin Held enters this fight with a 22-5 record and is winning 55 percent of his fights by submission. Held has won seven of his last nine fights and is coming off a November loss to Diego Sanchez. Held is averaging 1.09 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.5 percent. Held is averaging 0.88 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 23 percent. Held will make his second UFC fight after holding his own in his UFC debut which ended in a decision. Held is an aggressive grappler who has 12 submission victories under his belt and has proven he has the stamina to go the distance against solid opponents. At just 24 years old, Held is a name to watch as he hopes to climb up the UFC ladder. This will be Held’s second fight in Arizona.

Held will be eager to prove himself on the big stage and has never lost back-to-back fights in his career. However, Lauzon will have the advantage in this fight based on his experience and the fact he’s elite when it comes to finishing fights. Whether it’s on the canvas or standing up, Lauzon can end a fight at any moment and should keep Held guessing throughout this battle. I’m just not sure Held is polished or experienced enough at this young age to outlast a fighter as consistent as Lauzon.

I look for Lauzon to win this fight.

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