Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva UFC Fight Night 89 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/16
Silva vs. Saggo
UFC: Saturday, June 18, 2016 (TD Place Arena)
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Jason Saggo and Leandro Silva fight Saturday night during UFC Fight Night 89 at the TD Place Arena.
Jason Saggo enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by submission. Saggo has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Justin Salas. Saggo is averaging 2.41 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.1 percent. Saggo is averaging 4.9 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.1 percent. Saggo has fought once since his Achilles injury back in 2014, but he looked sharp in a knockout victory in the first round. Saggo has a very slick ground game and is very effective once he gets his opponent on the canvas. Saggo is also an accurate striker who has won his last two fights by knockout. This will be Saggo’s 11th fight in Canada, his home country.
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Leandro Silva enters this fight with a 19-2-1 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by submission. Silva has won three of his last four fights and is coming off a November win over Efrain Escudero. Silva is averaging 2.33 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.5 percent. Silva is averaging 2.08 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37 percent. Silva is on a nice little run at the moment as he hasn’t lost any of his last four fights. Silva isn’t exactly the most exciting fighter in the world, but he does throw accurate strikes and is comfortable on the canvas, as he likes to wear down his opponent with his size. Silva wins a lot of decisions by doing just enough to win the judges over. This will be Silva’s first fight in Canada.
I like Saggo in this fight simply because he’s more aggressive and knows how to finish things. Silva has a lot of decisions under his belt and struggles at times to push the issue on the offensive end. Saggo has just two decisions on his resume, and they happen to be both fights he’s lost.
So, I expect Saggo to come out swinging and get the victory either by knockout or submission.