<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez UFC 205 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/12/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/11/12/conor-mcgregor-vs-eddie-alvarez-ufc-205-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez fight Saturday night during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.

Conor McGregor enters this fight with a 20-3 record and has won 85 percent of his fights by knockout. McGregor has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a August win over Nate Diaz. McGregor is averaging 6.02 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.5 percent. McGregor is averaging 1.02 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. McGregor got his redemption against Diaz and will now fight for the third time this…

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Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez fight Saturday night during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.

Conor McGregor enters this fight with a 20-3 record and has won 85 percent of his fights by knockout. McGregor has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a August win over Nate Diaz. McGregor is averaging 6.02 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.5 percent. McGregor is averaging 1.02 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. McGregor got his redemption against Diaz and will now fight for the third time this year. There’s really no surprises with McGregor, as he’s a striker with terrific knockout power and has the advantage against pretty much anyone when standing up. McGregor has won five of his last six fights by knockout and has a five-inch reach advantage in this matchup. This will be McGregor’s first fight in New York.

Eddie Alvarez enters this fight with a 28-4 record and has won 61 percent of his fights by knockout. Alvarez has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a July win over Rafael dos Anjos. Alvarez is averaging 3.64 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.4 percent. Alvarez is averaging 3.9 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41 percent. Alvarez is coming off his most impressive victory yet and will defend his Lightweight Championship for the first time. Alvarez has always been a balanced fighter, as he has knockout striking power two go along with an above-average wrestling attack and successful takedown percentage. Alvarez can win in a variety of ways and should have the advantage here if the fight goes to the canvas. This will be Alvarez’s first fight in New York.

Alvarez is a fighter who can hang with McGregor in terms of striking and would have a considerable advantage if he’s successful with his takedowns. However, we all know it just takes one good strike for McGregor to change an entire gameplan. McGregor has been the most consistent fighter over the years and his only recent loss was against Diaz in which he had to make up a serious weight difference on short notice. When McGregor has time to prepare for a fighter and a game plan is established, it’s not wise to bet against him. It’s also not often you get him with these odds.

I’m siding with McGregor to win under the bright lights of New York.

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:37:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60924
<![CDATA[Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson UFC Fight Night 98 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/5/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/11/05/rafael-dos-anjos-vs-tony-ferguson-ufc-fight-night-98-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson fight Saturday night during UFC Fight Night 98 at the Arena Ciudad de México.

Rafael dos Anjos enters this fight with a 25-8 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by decision. Dos Anjos has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a July loss to Eddie Alvarez. Dos Anjos is averaging 3.07 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.8 percent. Dos Anjos is averaging 2.59 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 44.3 percent. Dos Anjos hopes to bounce back after getting knocked…

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Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson fight Saturday night during UFC Fight Night 98 at the Arena Ciudad de México.

Rafael dos Anjos enters this fight with a 25-8 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by decision. Dos Anjos has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a July loss to Eddie Alvarez. Dos Anjos is averaging 3.07 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.8 percent. Dos Anjos is averaging 2.59 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 44.3 percent. Dos Anjos hopes to bounce back after getting knocked out for the second time in his career and has lost back-to-back fights just once. Dos Anjos remains a highly aggressive striker who has knockout power but is most effective once he gets his opponents the canvas to work his ground and pound. Dos Anjos likes to stay busy and only three of his losses have come by stoppage. This will be Dos Anjos’ first fight in Mexico.

Tony Ferguson enters this fight with a 22-3 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Ferguson has won eight straight fights and is coming off a July win over Lando Vannata. Ferguson is averaging 3.56 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.8 percent. Ferguson is averaging 0.88 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Ferguson has been on quite a roll with his last loss coming to Michael Johnson in 2012. Ferguson was more of a knockout artist earlier in his career, but he’s ended four of his last fights by submission and that wrestling background needs to be respected. Even at 32 years old, it’s fair to say Ferguson is currently in the best form of his life. This will be Ferguson’s first fight in Mexico.

This should be a hell of a fight between two guys in great form who are eager to keep their momentum going. Ferguson and the plus money is intriguing considering he hasn’t lost a fight in four years and has been on a submission spree that would give him the advantage if this fight goes to the canvas. However, I give Dos Anjos the advantage overall due to his aggressive offensive attack and his ability to strike his way out of trouble. Dos Anjos likes to push the pace of the fight and that should make Ferguson uncomfortable. Dos Anjos also hasn’t lost back-to-back fights since 2008-09.

Give me Dos Anjos for the victory in what should be an entertaining matchup.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:02:26 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=59523
<![CDATA[Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota UFC Fight Night 97 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/15/cole-miller-vs-mizuto-hirota-ufc-fight-night-97-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Cole Miller and Mizuto Hirota fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 97 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Cole Miller enters this fight with a 21-10 record and has won 71 percent of his fights by submission. Miller has lost six of his last 10 fights and is coming off a June loss to Alex Caceres. Miller is averaging 3.13 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 33.2 percent. Miller is averaging 0.64 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 36.3 percent. Miller has been a complete mess as of late and that 2014 submission win over Sam…

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Cole Miller and Mizuto Hirota fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 97 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Cole Miller enters this fight with a 21-10 record and has won 71 percent of his fights by submission. Miller has lost six of his last 10 fights and is coming off a June loss to Alex Caceres. Miller is averaging 3.13 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 33.2 percent. Miller is averaging 0.64 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 36.3 percent. Miller has been a complete mess as of late and that 2014 submission win over Sam Sicilia feels like a lifetime ago. Now, the good news is that eight of Miller’s 10 career losses have come by decision and he still has the advantage over most people when the fight goes to the canvas. The problem, however, continues to be Miller struggling when he’s not ending a fight with a choke. This will be Miller’s first fight in the Philippines.

Mizuto Hirota enters this fight with a 18-7-2 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by knockout. Hirota has split his last six fights and is coming off a 2015 draw against Teruto Ishihara. Hirota is averaging 3.41 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Hirota is averaging 1.22 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55.5 percent. Hirota has also been a mixed bag as of late, but his last loss came to Rodrigo Damm back in 2013. Hirota is still in great shape at 35 years old and can win with his underrated striking attack or his aggressive and effective takedown ability. Hirota has yet to get a submission victory under his belt but he shouldn’t be underestimated in that department. This will be Hirota’s first fight in the Philippines.  

It’s hard to trust Miller given the way his last several fights have played out and he doesn’t get much done if he’s not finding a way to make his opponent submit. Hirota is polished enough in his ground game to stay out of Miller’s tricks, and he has the striking attack to take him out of his comfort zone. This seems like a bad matchup for Miller.

I like Hirota to get the job done and get the victory here.

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Wed, 05 Oct 2016 02:15:22 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58638
<![CDATA[Yao Zhikui vs. Jenel Lausa UFC Fight Night 97 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/15/yao-zhikui-vs-jenel-lausa-ufc-fight-night-97-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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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Wed, 05 Oct 2016 01:54:33 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58635
<![CDATA[Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura UFC Fight Night 97 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/15/derrick-lewis-vs-marcin-tybura-ufc-fight-night-97-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Derrick Lewis and Marcin Tybura fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 97 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Derrick Lewis enters this fight with a 16-4 record and has won 88 percent of his fights by knockout. Lewis has won his last four fights and is coming off a July win over Roy Nelson. Lewis is averaging 3.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 57.9 percent. Lewis is averaging 0.8 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Lewis is fresh off a close fight that ended in a split decision and it was the first time since…

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Derrick Lewis and Marcin Tybura fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 97 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Derrick Lewis enters this fight with a 16-4 record and has won 88 percent of his fights by knockout. Lewis has won his last four fights and is coming off a July win over Roy Nelson. Lewis is averaging 3.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 57.9 percent. Lewis is averaging 0.8 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Lewis is fresh off a close fight that ended in a split decision and it was the first time since his 2010 match against Rakim Cleveland where it didn’t end in knockout. There’s no surprises with Lewis, as he’s all power and lands a high percentage to go along with his 79 inch reach. If you can’t get Lewis on the canvas, he’s going to have the advantage against nearly anybody you put him up against. This will be Lewis’ first fight in the Philippines.

Marcin Tybura enters this fight with a 14-2 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by knockout. Tybura has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a August win over Viktor Pesta. Tybura is averaging 3.02 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.6 percent. Tybura is averaging 0.72 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Tybura is now 1-1 in his UFC career and has a chance to get the biggest victory of his career yet at 30 years old. Tybura is a big guy who has a leg reach of 46 inches and simply knows how to finish fights. In fact, only two of Tybura’s 14 victories have ended in decision. Tybura has a powerful striking attack but is also polished on the canvas and would have the advantage if the fight goes there. This will be Tybura’s first fight in the Philippines.

There’s great value with Tybura and the plus money considering he’s the more balanced fighter and would have the advantage if he’s able to takedown Lewis. However, Lewis’ power and striking ability is always the x-factor and makes him tough to bet against. Tybura may have more ways to win, but Lewis has the quickest and most effective way to get it done. One good punch from The Black Beast and this thing is all over. Tybura has also been knocked out once in his career, which was against Stephan Puetz in 2015.

I like the value with Tybura, but I have to side with Lewis to win his fifth straight fight.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:58:53 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58623
<![CDATA[Ricardo Lamas vs. B.J. Penn UFC Fight Night 97 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/15/ricardo-lamas-vs-bj-penn-ufc-fight-night-97-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Ricardo Lamas and B.J. Penn fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 97 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ricardo Lamas enters this fight with a 16-5 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by decision. Lamas has split his last six fights and is coming off a June loss to Max Holloway. Lamas is averaging 2.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.8 percent. Lamas is averaging 1.66 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 30.1 percent. Lamas has been a mixed bag recently with three losses since 2014, but the good news for him…

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Ricardo Lamas and B.J. Penn fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 97 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ricardo Lamas enters this fight with a 16-5 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by decision. Lamas has split his last six fights and is coming off a June loss to Max Holloway. Lamas is averaging 2.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.8 percent. Lamas is averaging 1.66 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 30.1 percent. Lamas has been a mixed bag recently with three losses since 2014, but the good news for him is that he’s never lost two straight fights in his career. Lamas is a grinder who simply finds ways to win and five of his last eight fights have ended in decision for better or worse. Lamas would have a big advantage here if he can take the fight to the canvas. This will be Lamas’ first fight in the Philippines.

B.J. Penn enters this fight with a 16-10-2 record and has won seven of his fights by knockout. Penn has lost his last three fights and is coming off a 2014 loss to Frankie Edgar. Penn is averaging 2.7 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.1 percent. Penn is averaging 1.31 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55 percent. Penn has tried to make a comeback from his retirement for quite some time just to see scheduled flights canceled for various reasons. Penn didn’t look good when he was last in the octagon, as he hasn’t won a fight since 2010. Add the fact Penn hasn’t been in the octagon in more than two years and one could only guess what to expect. When in good form, Penn is an accurate striker with a comfortable attack on the canvas where he can also finish a fight. This will be Penn’s first fight in the Philippines.

I’m not sure how anybody can pick Penn to win this fight considering how long he’s been away from action and the fact he hasn’t won a fight in six years. Lamas also hasn’t lost back-to-back fights in his career and should be ready to go with this being his fourth fight since 2015. Nothing can prepare Penn the way being active can and Lamas has the advantage times 10 in that area. That's good enough for me. Penn still has a lot to show and prove before anybody can take him seriously at this stage.

Give me Lamas to get the big victory and keep that streak of zero back-to-back losses intact.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:08:53 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58611
<![CDATA[Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/leon-edwards-vs-albert-tumenov-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:52:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58203
<![CDATA[Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/davey-grant-vs-damian-stasiak-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:01:51 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58200
<![CDATA[Ian Entwistle vs. Rob Font UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/ian-entwistle-vs-rob-font-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Ian Entwistle and Rob Font fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Ian Entwistle enters this fight with a 9-3 record and has won 78 percent of his fights by submission. Entwistle has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a April loss to Alejandro Pérez. Entwistle is averaging 0.11 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 7.69 percent. Entwistle is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Entwistle needs a statement performance after getting knocked out in two…

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Ian Entwistle and Rob Font fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Ian Entwistle enters this fight with a 9-3 record and has won 78 percent of his fights by submission. Entwistle has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a April loss to Alejandro Pérez. Entwistle is averaging 0.11 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 7.69 percent. Entwistle is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Entwistle needs a statement performance after getting knocked out in two of his UFC fights. Entwistle has a very limited striking attack and needs a fight on the canvas to have the advantage. Entwistle has yet to see a fight go past the first round in his career and he's deadly if he’s able to successfully takedown his opponent. Entwistle has fought much of his career in England, his birthplace.

Rob Font enters this fight with a 12-2 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by knockout. Font has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to John Lineker. Font is averaging 3.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.1 percent. Font is averaging 0.57 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 12.5 percent. Font is coming off his first UFC loss and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. While Font hasn't fought a ton of great competition, he’s proven to be a knockout artist and his last three victories have come by the stoppage. Font has the power to end a fight at any moment and his only losses of his career have ended in decisions. This will be Font’s first fight in England and second outside of the United States.

This will be a fun fight considering Entwistle wants to get the fight to the canvas and Font wants a fight standing up where he can work his striking attack. The concern with me is that Entwistle isn’t effective when he’s not working the takedown and two of his three losses have come by knockout. Font also has a seven inch reach advantage over Entwistle, which could be the tipping point in the fight. This is a very dangerous fight for the home favorite.

I like Font winning this fight given the striking power and reach advantage.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:56:02 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58197
<![CDATA[Brad Pickett vs. Iuri Alcantara UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/brad-pickett-vs-iuri-alcantara-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Brad Pickett and Iuri Alcantara fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Brad Pickett enters this fight with a 26-11 record and has won 38 percent of his fights by submission. Pickett has lost four of his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Francisco Rivera. Pickett is averaging 3.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 31 percent. Pickett is averaging 2.65 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.6 percent. Pickett has hit a rough patch in his career as he just turned 38 years…

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Brad Pickett and Iuri Alcantara fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Brad Pickett enters this fight with a 26-11 record and has won 38 percent of his fights by submission. Pickett has lost four of his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Francisco Rivera. Pickett is averaging 3.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 31 percent. Pickett is averaging 2.65 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.6 percent. Pickett has hit a rough patch in his career as he just turned 38 years old, and he’ll look for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2012. When in good form, Pickett is an effective takedown artist with the ability to finish fights on the canvas. Pickett also has knockout power in his strikes, but he’s produced just one knockout victory since 2009. Pickett has fought much of his career in England, his birthplace.

Iuri Alcantara enters this fight with a 32-7 record and has won 41 percent of his fights by knockout. Alcantara has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a January loss to Jimmie Rivera. Alcantara is averaging 2.49 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.9 percent. Alcantara is averaging 1.46 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 70 percent. Alcantara could also use a statement performance after losing two of his last three fights and having his last four end in decision for better or worse. Alcantara is a striker at heart who lands accurate and powerful blows, but his takedown ability can’t be underestimated and he does have 12 career wins by submission. This will be Alcantara’s first fight in England. This will also be the sixth time Alcantara fights outside of his home in Brazil.

This should be an entertaining fight between two balanced guys who have proven they can win standing up or on the canvas. However, I give the edge to Pickett because he’s the more polished grappler and would have the advantage if this fight was to go to the canvas. Pickett would also be the heavy crowd favorite and hasn’t lost many fights when in England. Alcantara is going to be out of his comfort zone and is likely to struggle.

I like Pickett putting together two straight victories for the first time in four years.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:33:38 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58194