Demian Maia vs. Neil Magny MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/15
Neil Magny (15-3) vs. Demian Maia (20-6)
MMA: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Rio de Janeiro)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
Demian Maia and Neil Magny fight Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 190.
Demian Maia enters this fight with a 20-6 record that includes three knockouts. Maia has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a March victory over Ryan LaFlare. Maia is averaging 1.79 significant strikes per minute and has an accuracy percentage of 41.6 percent. Maia is averaging 2.98 takedowns and has an accuracy percentage of 30.7 percent. Maia is really a shell of his former self, as he approaches 38 years old in November, and his last three victories have come by decision. While health and conditioning have been in question as of late, Maia is still one of the better grapplers there is, and he’s at home when he has his opponent on the canvas. Shell of himself or not, Maia is still no slouch and is dangerous after a takedown. This will be the eighth time Maia has fought in Brazil, his home country.
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Neil Magny enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 47 percent of his bouts by decision. Magny is riding a seven-fight winning streak and is fresh off a May win over Hyun Gyu Lim. Magny is averaging 3.92 significant strikes per minute and has an accuracy percentage of 46.7 percent. Magny is averaging 2.97 takedowns and has an accuracy percentage of 52.2 percent. Magny is good just about anywhere on his feet and has really improved his game of his last several fights. Magny is extremely well conditioned and tough to bring down, as he has a takedown defense percentage of 71.1 percent. However, two of Magny’s losses have come by submission, so he’ll have to be careful. This is going to be the third time Magny has fought in Brazil.
Even at his old age, Maia is no pushover and he’s fighting in his backyard where he’s 6-1 in Brazil. However, Magny is the better, younger and far more conditioned fighter at this stage of their careers. I would be surprised if Magny loses to a guy who is a decade older than him.