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Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders UFC Fight Night 103 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/15/17

Saunders vs. McGee

UFC: Sunday, January 15, 2017 (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

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.

Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders UFC Fight Night 103 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/15/17

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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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