<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou UFC on Fox 23 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/01/28/andrei-arlovski-vs-francis-ngannou-ufc-on-fox-23-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Andrei Arlovski and Francis Ngannou fight Saturday night during UFC on Fox 23 at the Pepsi Center.

Andrei Arlovski enters this fight with a 25-13 record and has won 68 percent of his fights by knockout. Arlovski has lost his last three fights and is coming off a September loss to Josh Barnett. Arlovski is averaging 3.13 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.8 percent. Arlovski is averaging 0.39 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.6 percent. Arlovski needs a bounce back win to snap a three-fight losing streak, as…

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Andrei Arlovski and Francis Ngannou fight Saturday night during UFC on Fox 23 at the Pepsi Center.

Andrei Arlovski enters this fight with a 25-13 record and has won 68 percent of his fights by knockout. Arlovski has lost his last three fights and is coming off a September loss to Josh Barnett. Arlovski is averaging 3.13 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.8 percent. Arlovski is averaging 0.39 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.6 percent. Arlovski needs a bounce back win to snap a three-fight losing streak, as his last win came in September of 2015 against Frank Mir. Everybody knows what they’re getting with Arlovski, as he’s a striker at heart who either knocks out his opponent or gets knocked out himself. A total of 26 of Arlovski’s 39 fights have ended in knockout, as he wants to trade strikes and hope to be on the winning end when it’s all said and done. This will be Arlovski’s first fight in Colorado.

Francis Ngannou enters this fight with a 9-1 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by knockout. Ngannou has won his last eight fights and is coming off a December win over Anthony Hamilton. Ngannou is averaging 3.27 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.6 percent. Ngannou is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Ngannou is now 4-0 in UFC and is a rising star in the heavyweight division who could soon get a title shot if he stays in this form. Ngannou has won all nine of his fights by some sort of finish and his one career decision was the fight he lost. Ngannou is a powerful striker who has produced knockouts in four of his last five fights, but he’s also improved his ground game and can be dangerous on the canvas as well. This will be Ngannou’s first fight in Colorado.

I’m big on form, and there’s no way I’m backing Arlovski to win this fight given the amount of losses he’s taken recently and his one-dimensional style of fighting to go along with his glass jaw. Ngannou is the younger, more versatile and simply the better fighter at this stage of both careers. At 37 years old, Arlovski is a one trick pony who lacks the athleticism and ability to beat somebody as hot as Ngannou.

Laying this sort of juice in a MMA fight is always risky given that anything can happen in these fights, but it would be shocking if Ngannou lost this fight.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:40 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72167
<![CDATA[Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC on Fox 23 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/01/28/donald-cerrone-vs-jorge-masvidal-ufc-on-fox-23-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal fight Saturday night during UFC on Fox 23 at the Pepsi Center.

Donald Cerrone enters this fight with a 32-7 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Cerrone has won his last four fights and is coming off a December win over Matt Brown. Cerrone is averaging 4.16 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.8 percent. Cerrone is averaging 1.38 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.6 percent. Cerrone has been one of the more consistent fighters over the years with just one…

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Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal fight Saturday night during UFC on Fox 23 at the Pepsi Center.

Donald Cerrone enters this fight with a 32-7 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Cerrone has won his last four fights and is coming off a December win over Matt Brown. Cerrone is averaging 4.16 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.8 percent. Cerrone is averaging 1.38 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.6 percent. Cerrone has been one of the more consistent fighters over the years with just one loss in his last 13 fights. Cerrone is most dangerous because he knows how to finish fights, as his last five wins have come by some sort of stoppage, and he’s going to have the advantage if he gets his opponent on the canvas. Cerrone is a submission machine with striking power and has won his last three fights by knockout. This will be Cerrone’s eighth MMA fight in Colorado, his birth state.

Jorge Masvidal enters this fight with a 31-11 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by decision. Masvidal has split last six fights and is coming off a December win over Jake Ellenberger. Masvidal is averaging 4.2 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.7 percent. Masvidal is averaging 1.98 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 61.1 percent. Masvidal has been hit or miss recently, but he is coming off a solid victory with a first round knockout over The Juggernaut. Masvidal is motivated for this fight after he believes Cerrone took away his opportunity to fight Kelvin Gastelum in New York. Masvidal is a polished striker with good boxing skills and two of his last three wins have come by knockout. This will be Masvidal’s first fight in Colorado.

Masvidal may be the more motivated fighter in this contest due to a little payback, I guess, but Cerrone is the better fighter overall. Cowboy will have the massive advantage if this fight goes to the canvas and he’s proven over the years he can handle his own sanding up as well. Masvidal also has a history of struggling against above-average fighters. Not to mention Cerrone will also be the crowd favorite with this fight taking place in Colorado.

I’ll side with Cowboy to win this anticipated fight.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:57:40 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72164
<![CDATA[Fernando Verdasco vs. Julianna Pena UFC on Fox 23 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/01/28/fernando-verdasco-vs-julianna-pena-ufc-on-fox-23-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Fernando Verdasco and Julianna Pena fight Saturday night during UFC on Fox 23 at the Pepsi Center.

Fernando Verdasco enters this fight with a 13-2 record and has won 38 percent of her fights by submission. Verdasco has won six of her last seven fights and is coming off a July win over Holly Holm. Verdasco is averaging 2.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.6 percent. Verdasco is averaging 2.18 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 47 percent. Verdasco is coming off the biggest win of her career and hopes to take…

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Fernando Verdasco and Julianna Pena fight Saturday night during UFC on Fox 23 at the Pepsi Center.

Fernando Verdasco enters this fight with a 13-2 record and has won 38 percent of her fights by submission. Verdasco has won six of her last seven fights and is coming off a July win over Holly Holm. Verdasco is averaging 2.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.6 percent. Verdasco is averaging 2.18 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 47 percent. Verdasco is coming off the biggest win of her career and hopes to take another step forward and improve on her 2-1 UFC record. Verdasco is known for her clinching and ground game, but her last four fights have ended in decisions. Verdasco also has clear knockout power and a deep kickboxing background that is sure to keep her opponents on their toes. This will be Verdasco’s first fight in Colorado.

Julianna Pena enters this fight with a 9-2 record and has won 44 percent of her fights by submission. Pena has won her last four fights and is coming off a July win over Cat Zingano. Pena is averaging 2.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.7 percent. Pena is averaging 3.08 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Pena is quickly climbing up the rankings, as she has yet to lose in UFC and has a few victories over veterans under her belt. Pena showed earlier in her career that she has the ability to finish fights on the canvas, but she’s developed an accurate striking game to go along with that attack. Pena has a variety of ways to win fights and is a possible rising star at just 27 years old if she can get through this fight. This will be Pena’s first fight in Colorado.

Pena says she’s going to be crowned champion in 2017, but it’s hard seeing her get past this fight to make that a possibility. Verdasco is one of the better strikers on the women's side, as she handled Holm with ease and out punched Amanda Nunes until she blew the fight in the later rounds. Pena doesn’t have the aggressive offensive attack to hang with Verdasco and will be in trouble if one of those hard shots land early.

Look for Verdasco to win this fight and get that much closer to competing for a championship belt.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:24:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72161
<![CDATA[Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator 170 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/21/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/01/21/tito-ortiz-vs-chael-sonnen-bellator-170-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen fight late Saturday night during Bellator 170 at The Forum.

Tito Ortiz enters this fight with a 18-12-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Ortiz has lost seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a 2015 loss to Liam McGeary. Ortiz simply hasn’t looked good the last decade and has had his focus on other things such as acting, professional wrestling and other businesses. Still, Ortiz can’t leave MMA alone despite being 41 years old and coming out of retirment multiple times. When in good form,…

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Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen fight late Saturday night during Bellator 170 at The Forum.

Tito Ortiz enters this fight with a 18-12-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Ortiz has lost seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a 2015 loss to Liam McGeary. Ortiz simply hasn’t looked good the last decade and has had his focus on other things such as acting, professional wrestling and other businesses. Still, Ortiz can’t leave MMA alone despite being 41 years old and coming out of retirment multiple times. When in good form, Ortiz is a very respectable fighter who is a polished wrestler with the ability to finish and solid striking power that’s produced eight knockout victories. Ortiz is one of the pioneers of the sport and should be respected despite his struggles over the years. However, his age, current form and time out of the ting makes you question Ortiz in this fight. This will be Ortiz’s seventh fight in California, his home state.

Chael Sonnen enters this fight with a 28-14-1 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by decision. Sonnen has split his last eight fights and is coming off a 2013 loss to Rashad Evans. Sonnen was hit or miss the last time we saw him in the octagon, but that was four years ago when he was suspended due to failed drug tests. After trying several different gigs to pass the time, Sonnen signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA and will try to prove he’s still got it at nearly 40 years old. In his younger days, Sonnen had the ability to finish fights but would win mostly by clinching and wearing down his opponent. After being out of the sport for so long, it’ll be interesting to see how much has changed with the aging Sonnen. This will be Sonnen’s ninth fight in California.

We have two fighters clearly past their prime who have tested the waters in other fields and are looking for one last hoorah. Good luck trying to pick a winner between these two guys. If I had to pick, I’d side with Ortiz and the plus money based on the value. Ortiz has been in the octagon rather recently compared to Sonnen, is the bigger fighter and should be the crowd favorite considering this fight is in California. There’s no reason to pay extra juice with two guys in their 40s and who haven’t fought in quite some time.

If you’re an action junky who has to bet on this fight, I’d take Ortiz based on the value of the plus money.

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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:48:43 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=71069
<![CDATA[Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders UFC Fight Night 103 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/15/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/01/15/court-mcgee-vs-ben-saunders-ufc-fight-night-103-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Court McGee and Ben Saunders fight Sunday night during UFC Fight Night 103 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Court McGee enters this fight with a 19-5 record and is winning 42 percent of his fights by decision. McGee has split his last eight fights and is coming off a August win over Dominique Steele. McGee is averaging 5.03 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.3 percent. McGee is averaging 2.29 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 27.1 percent. McGee has been hit or miss as of late and looks for back-to-back wins…

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Court McGee and Ben Saunders fight Sunday night during UFC Fight Night 103 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Court McGee enters this fight with a 19-5 record and is winning 42 percent of his fights by decision. McGee has split his last eight fights and is coming off a August win over Dominique Steele. McGee is averaging 5.03 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.3 percent. McGee is averaging 2.29 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 27.1 percent. McGee has been hit or miss as of late and looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013. McGee has never been a flashy fighter, as he’s not accurate with his strikes and can struggle with his takedowns. However, McGee simply finds ways to win even in ugly fashion, and his last five victories have ended in decisions. McGee has good stamina and is always prepared to go the distance. This will be McGee’s first fight in Arizona.

Ben Saunders enters this fight with a 19-7-2 record and is winning 47 percent of his fights by knockout. Saunders has won seven of his last nine fights and is coming off a September win over Jacob Volkmann. Saunders is averaging 3.34 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.1 percent. Saunders is averaging 0.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Saunders is coming off possibly his most impressive victory yet in which he forced a submission in less than 20 seconds. Saunders is a strong, accurate striker who has won five of his last seven fights by some sort of stoppage. The downside is that Saunders can get rocked from time to time, as four of his seven losses have been knockouts. This will be Saunders’s third fight in Arizona.

This is a fight Saunders should be able to win, as he’s the more aggressive fighter and has the tools to really hurt McGee, who is looking to clinch and ware down his opponent  to victory. Saunders simply doesn’t have many decisions under his belt and five of his last nine fights have ended in the first round for better or worse. Also, Saunders will have a two-inch reach advantage and a four-inch leg advantage in this fight, allowing him to be effective with his strikes. McGee will have to change his gameplan for this matchup if he expects to win.

I like Saunders to win his fifth fight in his last six tries.

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Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:26:17 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70160
<![CDATA[Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held UFC Fight Night 103 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/15/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/01/15/joe-lauzon-vs-marcin-held-ufc-fight-night-103-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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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Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:49:15 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70157
<![CDATA[Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn UFC Fight Night 103 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/15/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/01/15/yair-rodriguez-vs-bj-penn-ufc-fight-night-103-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Yair Rodriguez and B.J. Penn fight Sunday night during UFC Fight Night 103 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Yair Rodriguez enters this fight with a 9-1 record and is winning 56 percent of his fights by decision. Rodriguez has won his last six fights and is coming off a August win over Alex Caceres. Rodriguez is averaging 3.72 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.3 percent. Rodriguez is averaging 1.55 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Rodriguez has been nothing but money since joining UFC a few years…

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Yair Rodriguez and B.J. Penn fight Sunday night during UFC Fight Night 103 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Yair Rodriguez enters this fight with a 9-1 record and is winning 56 percent of his fights by decision. Rodriguez has won his last six fights and is coming off a August win over Alex Caceres. Rodriguez is averaging 3.72 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.3 percent. Rodriguez is averaging 1.55 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Rodriguez has been nothing but money since joining UFC a few years ago and is one of the top rising stars at just 24 years old. Rodriguez is an athletic fighter who puts his 41-inch leg reach to good use and has a lot of stamina to go the distance and wear down his opponent. Rodriguez may not be a flashy finisher, but his style is effective and he’s proven to be a force at such a young age. This will be Rodriguez’s first fight in Arizona.

B.J. Penn enters this fight with a 16-10-2 record and is winning 44 percent 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 2.1 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 is arguably the greatest lightweight of all time who has knockout power and is more than comfortable on the canvas. The problem is that Penn hasn’t fought since July of 2014 and hasn’t won a fight since November of 2010. It’s safe to say Penn is on the downside of his career at 38 years old and the time out of the octagon can’t exactly help. However, Penn is wildly experienced and can’t be overlooked due to his hall of fame track record. This will be Penn’s first fight in Arizona.

This chalk is insane given that Penn is a hall of fame fighter and has forgotten more about MMA than Rodriguez knows at his young age. However, you just can’t back Penn given his age, recent performances and the time out of the octagon. Rodriguez is the better fighter right now and has looked sharp since joining the UFC. We see fighters and boxers struggle to leave the sport alone all the time, trying to make a comeback and it usually doesn’t end well. Father time is undefeated.

Give me Rodriguez in this fight for his seventh straight victory.

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Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:14:54 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70154
<![CDATA[Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg UFC 207 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/30/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/12/30/louis-smolka-vs-ray-borg-ufc-207-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Louis Smolka and Ray Borg fight Friday night during UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Louis Smolka enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by submission. Smolka has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off an October loss to Brandon Moreno. Smolka is averaging 4.86 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.9 percent. Smolka is averaging 2.35 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.5 percent. Smolka is coming off a tough loss in which he was forced to tap, and now he hopes to avoid…

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Louis Smolka and Ray Borg fight Friday night during UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Louis Smolka enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by submission. Smolka has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off an October loss to Brandon Moreno. Smolka is averaging 4.86 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.9 percent. Smolka is averaging 2.35 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.5 percent. Smolka is coming off a tough loss in which he was forced to tap, and now he hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Smolka is one of the more accurate strikers in his division and is also very creative when taking the fight to the canvas. Only two of Smolka’s 11 wins have ended in decision and his balanced offensive attack makes him a tough match for his opponents. This will be Smolka’s second fight in Las Vegas.

Ray Borg enters this fight with a 9-2 record and has won 67 percent of his fights by submission. Borg has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a February loss to Justin Scoggins. Borg is averaging 1.31 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.9 percent. Borg is averaging 3.74 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 57.6 percent. Borg has also never lost back-to-back fights in his career and both of his losses have ended in decisions. Borg is an accurate striker, but he’s most effective when he gets a fight to the canvas where four of his last five victories have ended in submission. Borg will want this fight on the canvas where he can wear down his opponent and set up a rear-naked choke. This will be Borg’s second fight in Las Vegas.

This is going to be an interesting fight between two guys who know how to finish things before a decision and have never lost two fights in a row. Borg also has to like his chances given that he’s never lost outside of a decision. However, the difference in this matchup for me is the striking ability of Smolka and the fact he has a five-inch reach advantage over Borg. Smolka can hold his own on the ground game, but I’m not sure The Tazmexican Devil can trade shots with Smolka if this fight is standing up.

I’ll side with Smolka and the slight plus money.

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Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:14:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=69050
<![CDATA[T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker UFC 207 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/30/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/12/30/tj-dillashaw-vs-john-lineker-ufc-207-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments T.J. Dillashaw and John Lineker fight Friday night during UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena.

T.J. Dillashaw enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by knockout. Dillashaw has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Raphael Assuncao. Dillashaw is averaging 5.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.1 percent. Dillashaw is averaging 1.5 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 32.6 percent. Dillashaw looked sharp in his bounce back victory during the summer and hopes…

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T.J. Dillashaw and John Lineker fight Friday night during UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena.

T.J. Dillashaw enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by knockout. Dillashaw has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Raphael Assuncao. Dillashaw is averaging 5.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.1 percent. Dillashaw is averaging 1.5 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 32.6 percent. Dillashaw looked sharp in his bounce back victory during the summer and hopes to win his sixth fight since 2014. Dillashaw really needs no introduction, as he’s one of the more balanced fighters in the world with a strong striking attack and above-average wrestling. Dillashaw also hasn’t lost a clear fight since being knocked out by John Dodsonin 2011. This will be Dillashaw’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.

John Lineker enters this fight with a 29-7 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by knockout. Lineker has won six straight fights and is coming off an October win over John Dodson. Lineker is averaging 5.3 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.9 percent. Lineker is averaging 0.58 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. Lineker is enjoying his most successful stretch in the UFC and would love to take down one of the top names in the sport. Lineker is most known for his striking power and ability to change fights in an instant, but he does have just one knockout in four of his last five fights. Lineker has shown recently that he’s more than just a striker and can win fights by wrestling and grappling, and he does have a submission victory he earned a year ago. This will be Lineker’s third fight in Las Vegas.

This should be a fun fight between a red hot Lineker and one of the top names in the sport who always shows up in Dillashaw. The difference for me here is the balance and the consistency of Dillashaw. Besides his 2011 knockout loss, Dillashaw hasn’t clearly lost a fight and his wrestling game gives him a massive advantage over the heavy striker Lineker. Unless Lineker lands a vicious strike that ends this thing, which is certainly possible, it’s going to be tough to beat Dillashaw round by round.

I look for Dillashaw to win his second fight of the year.

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Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:09:52 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=68801
<![CDATA[Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez UFC 207 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/30/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/12/30/fabricio-werdum-vs-cain-velasquez-ufc-207-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez fight Friday night during UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Fabricio Werdum enters this fight with a 21-6-1 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by submission. Werdum has won seven of his last eight fights and is coming off a September win over Travis Browne. Werdum is averaging 3.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.4 percent. Werdum is averaging 1.67 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 31.1 percent. Werdum bounced back nicely with a convincing victory after losing the UFC…

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Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez fight Friday night during UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Fabricio Werdum enters this fight with a 21-6-1 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by submission. Werdum has won seven of his last eight fights and is coming off a September win over Travis Browne. Werdum is averaging 3.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.4 percent. Werdum is averaging 1.67 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 31.1 percent. Werdum bounced back nicely with a convincing victory after losing the UFC Heavyweight Championship back in May, and he looks for his second victory over Velasquez. Werdum is a strong, accurate striker who has a feel for the canvas and has 10 submission victories under his belt. Werdum has ended five of his last eight victories. This will be Werdum’s second fight in Las Vegas.

Cain Velasquez enters this fight with a 14-2 record and has won 86 percent of his fights by knockout. Velasquez has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Travis Browne. Velasquez is averaging 6.38 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 57.9 percent. Velasquez is averaging 5.15 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 45.9 percent. Velasquez has had plenty of time to prepare for this rematch, as he’s fought just once since that 2015 loss, which earned Performance of the Night. It’s no secret Velasquez is known for his striking power, as seven of his last eight wins have been knockouts and he has a relentless motor that forces him to be the aggressor on the offensive end. It’s the ground game that can be Velasquez’s downfall at times. This will be Velasquez’s sixth fight in Las Vegas.

It’s hard to turn down Werdum and the plus money here given that he does have the advantage if this fight goes to the canvas. However, it’s tough to beat a guy two times in a row and you know Velasquez is super motivated to redeem himself. Velasquez is well rested for this fight and has the overwhelming advantage as long as this fight is standing up. Werdum has been knocked out twice in his career, including this year against Stipe Miocic. Velasquez and his constant aggressive striking attack should dictate this fight and give him the advantage towards a victory.

I like Velasquez to get the win in this rematch.

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Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:24:56 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=68798