<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/mirsad-bektic-vs-arnold-allen-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:55:34 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57963
<![CDATA[Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/stefan-struve-vs-daniel-omielanczuk-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Stefan Struve and Daniel Omielanczuk fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Stefan Struve enters this fight with a 31-8 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by submission. Struve has split his last six fights and is coming off a May win over Antônio Silva. Struve is averaging 3.51 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.6 percent. Struve is averaging 0.52 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 80 percent. Struve has been hit or miss recently and looks to win back-to-back fights for the…

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Stefan Struve and Daniel Omielanczuk fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Stefan Struve enters this fight with a 31-8 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by submission. Struve has split his last six fights and is coming off a May win over Antônio Silva. Struve is averaging 3.51 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.6 percent. Struve is averaging 0.52 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 80 percent. Struve has been hit or miss recently and looks to win back-to-back fights for the first time since 2012. Struve has been prone to knockouts in his career and five of his last six losses have been due to the stoppage. However, Struve is always one of the tougher matchups due to his massive frame and crazy reach advantages he has on all of his opponents. This will be Struve’s sixth fight in England.

Daniel Omielanczuk enters this fight with a 19-5-1 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by submission. Omielanczuk has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a July win over Oleksiy Oliynyk. Omielanczuk is averaging 3.02 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 65.7 percent. Omielanczuk is averaging 0.85 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 36.3 percent. Omielanczuk has been rather consistent throughout his career but is just now starting to improve the quality of his opponents. Omielanczuk has proven to be a highly accurate striker in the UFC and has never lost a fight due to stoppage. It’ll be interesting to see how the smaller Omielanczuk goes about this fight and this is probably his biggest fight of his career. This will be Omielanczuk’s third fight in England.

You look at the numbers between these two and you have to give Struve the massive advantage heading into this fight. Not only is he 12 inches taller than Omielanczuk, but he has 10 inch striking reach advantage and a seven inch leg reach advantage. It’s almost not fair how many ways Struve can attack while not putting himself in much danger in terms of counters. Omielanczuk is at a real disadvantage when he takes the octagon on Saturday.

Give me Struve to get the victory here.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:13:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57957
<![CDATA[Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/ovince-saint-preux-vs-jimi-manuwa-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Ovince Saint Preux and Jimi Manuwa fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Ovince Saint Preux enters this fight with a 19-8 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. OSP has split his last six fights and is coming off a April loss to Jon Jones. Saint Preux is averaging 2.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.5 percent. Saint Preux is averaging 1.27 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 53.5 percent. Saint Preux is trying to build himself back up after losing two of his last…

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Ovince Saint Preux and Jimi Manuwa fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Ovince Saint Preux enters this fight with a 19-8 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. OSP has split his last six fights and is coming off a April loss to Jon Jones. Saint Preux is averaging 2.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.5 percent. Saint Preux is averaging 1.27 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 53.5 percent. Saint Preux is trying to build himself back up after losing two of his last three fights to top tier opponents and has lost two straight since 2009. Saint Preux may have shown some chinks in the armour recently, but he’s still a guy who has ended eight of his last nine victories. OSP has the power and strength combo to give anybody a problem and ca non to be overlooked despite his recent results. This will be OSP’s first fight in England.

Jimi Manuwa enters this fight with a 15-2 record and has won 87 percent of his fights by knockout. Manuwa has lost two of his last three fights and is coming off a 2015 loss to Anthony Johnson. Manuwa is averaging 3.56 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.2 percent. Manuwa is averaging 0.87 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Manuwa has had a ton of time to prepare of this fight as he’s been out of the octagon for just over a year and his Feb fight with Nikita Krylov was cancelled due to injury. Manuwa likely needed to recharge the batteries after being knocked out twice in his last three tries. The good news for Manuwa is that he’s one of the more stronger and accurate strikers in the sport and always as a shot when standing up. This will be Manuwa’s 16th fight in England.

I’m a big supporter of Saint Preux and we’ve backed him quite a bit over the years. But there’s terrific value with Manuwa and the plus money. Manuwa has had a lot of time off to prepare for this fight and is a knockout machine who could overwhelm OSP if both of these guys want the fight standing up. I’m not sure how you can give Saint Preux the advantage in that case.

I like Manuwa to win this in somewhat of an upset.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:39:29 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57954
<![CDATA[Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/vitor-belfort-vs-gegard-mousasi-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Vitor Belfort enters this fight with a 25-12 record and has won 72 percent of his fights by knockout. Belfort has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to Ronaldo Souza. Belfort is averaging 1.57 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48 percent. Belfort is averaging 1.2 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Belfort is sure to provide entertainment considering his last six fights have ended…

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Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Vitor Belfort enters this fight with a 25-12 record and has won 72 percent of his fights by knockout. Belfort has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to Ronaldo Souza. Belfort is averaging 1.57 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48 percent. Belfort is averaging 1.2 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Belfort is sure to provide entertainment considering his last six fights have ended in knockout for better or worse. Belfort has terrific power in his strikes and usually always has the advantage when standing up given his accuracy. The concern with Belfort is that he is up there in age at 39 years old and isn’t nearly as quick as he once was, making him much easier to hit. This will be Belfort’s fourth fight in England.

Gegard Mousasi enters this fight with a 39-6-2 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by knockout. Mousasi has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a July win over Thiago Santos. Mousasi is averaging 3.56 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.6 percent. Mousasi is averaging 1.6 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 65.8 percent. Three of Mousasi’s six career losses have come within the last two years, but he enters this fight in rather good form. Mousasi usually does a great job of controlling the fight, as he’s a terrific defender in terms of strikes and takedowns. It’s tough to push Mousasi around in the octagon, and he can beat you either by knockout or submission. This will be Mousasi’s third fight in England.

Belfort hasn’t lost back-to-back fights since 2005, but he’s not exactly a spring chicken any more and is prone to getting knocked out. Mousasi is the more accurate striker and the more balanced fighter who can take Belfort out of his comfort zone and really take control of this fight. This feels like a bad matchup for Belfort who has just three career victories by submission.

Give me Mousasi to win this fight.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:13:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57948
<![CDATA[Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson UFC 204 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/8/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/10/08/michael-bisping-vs-dan-henderson-ufc-204-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Michael Bisping enters this fight with a 30-7 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Bisping has won four straight fights and is coming off a June win over Luke Rockhold. Bisping is averaging 4.42 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.7 percent. Bisping is averaging 1.18 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.3 percent. Bisping has been on quite a roll lately and is fresh off winning the UFC Middleweight…

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Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson fight late Saturday night during UFC 204 at the Manchester Arena.

Michael Bisping enters this fight with a 30-7 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Bisping has won four straight fights and is coming off a June win over Luke Rockhold. Bisping is averaging 4.42 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.7 percent. Bisping is averaging 1.18 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.3 percent. Bisping has been on quite a roll lately and is fresh off winning the UFC Middleweight Championship in which he won performance of the night. Bisping showed he still has the power in his hands even at 37 years old and will look to put his striking attack to work here once again. Bisping has never lost a fight that’s taken place in England. This will be Bisping’s 17th fight in England.

Dan Henderson enters this fight with a 32-14 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Henderson has split his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Hector Lombard. Henderson is averaging 2.4 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.1 percent. Henderson is averaging 1.58 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 54.3 percent. Henderson enters this fight in poor form as he’s lost six of his last nine fights and you’d kind of expect that from a guy who just turned 46 years old. Three of Henderson’s last four losses have come by knockout and that’s not a good sign when going up against a guy such as Bisping. However, when feeling good, Henderson is a balanced fighter who would have the advantage if this fight goes to the canvas. This will be Henderson’s second fight in England.

Henderson beat Bisping back in 2009 due to knockout punches, but that was quite some time ago and father time is clearly playing a role in his career. Bisping is now a more experienced fighter, has the momentum and is fighting in a country where he has never lost in his MMA career. We’re talking about an impressive 17-0 record. Henderson is just too hard to trust given his form the last few years and the fact he's prone to knockouts, something Bisping is more than capable of providing.

Give me Bisping to get his revenge victory and fifth straight overall.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:51:24 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57945
<![CDATA[Cris Cyborg vs. Lina Lansberg UFC Fight Night 95 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/24/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/09/24/cris-cyborg-vs-lina-lansberg-ufc-fight-night-95-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Cris Cyborg and Lina Lansberg fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 95 at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson.

Cris Cyborg enters this fight with a 16-1 record and has won 88 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Cyborg’s fifth fight since 2015, and she’s coming off a May win over Leslie Smith. Cyborg is averaging 7.69 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.9 percent. Cyborg is averaging 1.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Cyborg lived up to the hype in her first UFC fight after producing a first…

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Cris Cyborg and Lina Lansberg fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 95 at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson.

Cris Cyborg enters this fight with a 16-1 record and has won 88 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Cyborg’s fifth fight since 2015, and she’s coming off a May win over Leslie Smith. Cyborg is averaging 7.69 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.9 percent. Cyborg is averaging 1.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Cyborg lived up to the hype in her first UFC fight after producing a first round knockout. Cyborg is considered the next upcoming UFC superstar due to her pitbull mentality and overwhelming punching power. Cyborg is extremely aggressive with her offensive attack and has striking ability that few on the women's side can match. This will be Cyborg’s sixth fight in Brazil, her birthplace.

Lina Lansberg enters this fight with a 6-1 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by knockout. Lansberg has won six straight fights and is coming off a March win over Maria Hougaard Djursaa. Lansberg is making her UFC debut with this fight and has a chance to put the sport on notice by pulling off the upset. Lansberg is known as the Elbow Queen and has made it quite clear her favorite striking technique are the elbows and she enjoys the sight of blood. Lansberg is very dangerous if she can get her opponent on the canvas and work her ground and pound. The concern for Lansberg is that this is a huge and quick step up from the people she’s fought in the past, as she just turned pro four years ago and hasn’t been in the octagon with many talented fighters at this point of her young career.

With all the upsets that take place in these big events, you almost feel like taking a flyer on Lansberg. She'll have a chance if she can get Cyborg on the canvas. However, the lack of overall experience and the rapid increase of competition makes it tough to give the newcomer much of a chance in this one. Cristiane Justino is a deadly fighter who only needs that one opening to end a fight. Her striking game is elite status and she’s relentless with her attack.

Lansberg has the potential to be a great fighter on this level but it may be a little early.

Give me Cyborg in a knockout.

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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:38:15 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57189
<![CDATA[Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor UFC 202 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/20/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/08/20/nate-diaz-vs-conor-mcgregor-ufc-202-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena during UFC 202.

Nate Diaz enters this fight with a 20-10 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Diaz has won six of his last nine fights and is coming off a March win over Conor McGregor. Diaz is averaging 4.45 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.6 percent. Diaz is averaging 1.22 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 31.8 percent. Diaz has a chance to win three straight fights for the first time since 2011-12, and he has to be confident…

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Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena during UFC 202.

Nate Diaz enters this fight with a 20-10 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Diaz has won six of his last nine fights and is coming off a March win over Conor McGregor. Diaz is averaging 4.45 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.6 percent. Diaz is averaging 1.22 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 31.8 percent. Diaz has a chance to win three straight fights for the first time since 2011-12, and he has to be confident after what he just did to McGregor earlier in the year. Diaz was able to take a ton of punches from The Notorious and eventually wear him down, as most guys are knocked out by then. If Diaz can continue to show a proven chin, he should be fine in this fight once again.

Conor McGregor enters this fight with a 19-3 record and has won 89 percent of his fights by knockout. McGregor has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a March loss to Nate Diaz. McGregor is averaging 5.74 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.4 percent. McGregor is averaging 1.55 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 71.4 percent. McGregor simply ran out of gas in the previous meeting, as none of his power shots could finish the bout. However, it’s important to note that McGregor was at a disadvantage due to the drastic change in weight class in such a short time. McGregor should be more prepared for this fight and hopefully has a different game plan rather than just punching and hoping Diaz falls.

This should be another fun fight, but I’m not sure how it ends any differently. McGregor has just one fighting style and that’s striking until his opponent gets knocked out. Diaz has shown he can eat all the punches McGregor has and then some. At the end of the day, Diaz is the bigger fighter, has a longer reach and will also have the advantage if this fight goes to the canvas.

It’s tough not to side with Diaz given what we saw several months ago.

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Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:56:21 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=52791
<![CDATA[Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres UFC Fight Night 92 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/6/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/08/06/yair-rodriguez-vs-alex-caceres-ufc-fight-night-92-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres fight Saturday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena during UFC Fight Night 92.

Yair Rodriguez enters this fight with a 8-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Rodriguez has won five straight fights and is coming off a April win over Andre Fili. Rodriguez is averaging 3.2 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.1 percent. Rodriguez is averaging 2.01 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.8 percent. Rodriguez is now an impressive 4-0 in UFC fights and is coming off a jaw…

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Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres fight Saturday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena during UFC Fight Night 92.

Yair Rodriguez enters this fight with a 8-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Rodriguez has won five straight fights and is coming off a April win over Andre Fili. Rodriguez is averaging 3.2 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.1 percent. Rodriguez is averaging 2.01 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.8 percent. Rodriguez is now an impressive 4-0 in UFC fights and is coming off a jaw dropping knockout flying head kick. Rodriguez has now produced two knockouts with his legs and has shown opponents must keep their distance. At just 23 years old, the UFC has a rising star in El Pantera, as he’s looked sharp since arriving a couple of years ago. This will be Rodriguez’s first fight in Utah.

Alex Caceres enters this fight with a 12-8 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Caceres has split his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Cole Miller. Caceres is averaging 3.95 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.3 percent. Caceres is averaging 0.73 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 80 percent. Caceres has been a mixed bag as of late but does look for his third straight win for the first time since 2008-09. Four of Caceres’ last five wins have come by decision and you’d like to see him be a little more aggressive with his accurate striking. Caceres is highly effective with his takedowns and should have the advantage on the canvas. This will be Caceres’ first fight in Utah.

Rodriguez has given us no reason to bet against him, as he’s passed every test so far in the UFC and has shown a balanced attack while doing so. Caceres continues to be hit or miss and his inconsistencies make me pause when giving him a shot to beat a guy like Rodriguez.

I like Rodriguez to improve to 5-0 in UFC.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:18:39 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=51750
<![CDATA[Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown UFC 201 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/07/30/cesar-arzamendia-vs-damien-brown-ufc-201-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Cesar Arzamendia and Damien Brown fight Saturday night on UFC 201 at the Philips Arena.

Cesar Arzamendia enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by submission. Arzamendia has split his last split four fights and is coming off a November loss to Marco Polo Reyes. Arzamendia is averaging 4.32 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 34.7 percent. Arzamendia is averaging 12.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 75 percent. Arzamendia hopes to redeem himself after getting knocked out in the…

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Cesar Arzamendia and Damien Brown fight Saturday night on UFC 201 at the Philips Arena.

Cesar Arzamendia enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by submission. Arzamendia has split his last split four fights and is coming off a November loss to Marco Polo Reyes. Arzamendia is averaging 4.32 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 34.7 percent. Arzamendia is averaging 12.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 75 percent. Arzamendia hopes to redeem himself after getting knocked out in the first round of his UFC debut. Arzamendia isn’t much of a striker at all, as he’s most effective on the canvas and his last three victories have come by submission. Arzamendia wants to go for the takedowns early and often to put his quickness and athleticism to good use.

Damien Brown enters this fight with a 15-9 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by submission. Brown has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a March loss to Alan Patrick Silva Alves. Brown is averaging one significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Brown is averaging one takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Brown also looks for a bounce back performance after losing his UFC debut by unanimous decision. Brown is what he is at 31 years old, as he’s a wrestler at heart and likes to grind things out, resulting in either a decision or a submission. Brown has shown he can be an effective striker at times, but he’s not aggressive enough. Four of Brown’s last six victories have come by submission.

It’s hard to judge either one of these guys based on their very limited time on the UFC level. As of right now, I think Arzamendia is the better overall fighter and has the quickness to give Brown issues on takedown attempts and in the clinch. However, this fight could go either way with both guys not being much of a striker and wanting a fight on the mat.

If forced to pick, I’d side with Arzamendia simply due to his quickness, youth and athleticism.

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:40:15 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=50937
<![CDATA[Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic UFC 201 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2016/07/30/michael-graves-vs-bojan-velickovic-ufc-201-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic fight Saturday night on UFC 201 at the Philips Arena.

Michael Graves enters this fight with a 6-0 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Graves’ third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a April win over Randy Brown. Graves is averaging 1.69 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56.7 percent. Graves is averaging six takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. Graves has lived up to the hype so far, as he’s now 2-0 in UFC and just gave Rude Boy…

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Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic fight Saturday night on UFC 201 at the Philips Arena.

Michael Graves enters this fight with a 6-0 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Graves’ third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a April win over Randy Brown. Graves is averaging 1.69 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56.7 percent. Graves is averaging six takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. Graves has lived up to the hype so far, as he’s now 2-0 in UFC and just gave Rude Boy his first career loss. Graves has been a takedown machine and has won two of his last three fights by submission. We knew Graves has knockout striking power coming into the UFC, but his wrestling and grappling is impressive for a 25-year-old. This will be Graves’ first fight in Atlanta.

Bojan Velickovic enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by submission. Velickovic has won five straight fights and is coming off a April win over Alessio Di Chirico. Velickovic is averaging three significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Velickovic is averaging one takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 20 percent. Velickovic shined in his UFC debut after giving Di Chirico his first loss by unanimous decision. Velickovic has been on quite a roll lately and would love to make another statement in this match. Velickovic is a grinder at heart who is at his best when grappling and has a decent wrestling game as well. The concern is that Velickovic doesn’t have a great striking attack, so he’ll need to get this fight on the canvas in order to have a shot.

I really like Graves and his potential. And while he hasn’t beaten any worldbeaters up to this point, he’s still 6-0 and has finished five of his six victories. I’m also not sure Velickovic will be able to handle the versatility of Graves, as the American can hold his own on the canvas as well as striking. This is a fight where Velickovic may not have the advantage with the takedowns.

I look for Graves to remain undefeated.

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:16:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=50934