Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17
Price vs. Jouban
UFC: Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Arena Ciudad de Mexico)
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Alan Jouban and Niko Price fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.
Alan Jouban enters this fight with a 15-5 record and has won 67 percent of his fights by knockout. Jouban has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a March loss to Gunnar Nelson. Jouban is averaging five significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.6 percent. Jouban is averaging 0.58 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Jouban will fight for the third time since December and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Jouban is still an explosive athlete even at 35 years old, and he delivers accurate and powerful strikes with one-punch knockout potential. Jouban has won seven of his last 11 fights by knockout and usually has the advantage when the fight is standing up. The downside is Jouban has been taken down four times in his last four fights. This will be Jouban’s first fight in Mexico.
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Niko Price enters this fight with a 10-0 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Price’s fifth fight since 2016 and is coming off a February win over Alex Morono. Price is averaging two significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 21.8 percent. Price is averaging 1.03 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 20 percent. Price is now 2-0 in UFC even though his last fight was ruled a no contest after he tested positive for weed. Price has finished nine of his 10 opponents, as Willie Hosch is the only fighter to take him to a decision. Price has clear knockout power and has seen the second or third round just three times in 10 fights. Price also has a strong chin and has decent takedown ability. This will be Price’s first fight outside of the United States.
This is a nice test for Price, who is just starting to get his feet wet in terms of better competition and fighting out of his comfort zone in South Florida. With both guys being far more effective standing up, hopefully this turns into a striking battle with somebody tasting the canvas at some point. And while Price is undefeated and has the longer reach, I’m giving the more experienced and powerful striker Jouban the edge. Jouban is more powerful, more accurate and has more variety when you throw in his leg kicks.
Price could have trouble keeping up with Jouban’s aggressiveness, leading to his first loss of his career.