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Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17

Soukhamthath vs. Perez

UFC: Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Arena Ciudad de Mexico)

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

TV: FS1

Alejandro Perez and Andre Soukhamthath fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Alejandro Perez enters this fight with a 18-6-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Perez has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a September draw to Albert Morales. Perez is averaging 4.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.7 percent. Perez is averaging 0.68 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Perez has looked sharp since his loss to Patrick Williams and would have won his last fight if he wasn’t deducted a point due to a late hit. There’s no many surprises with Perez, as he’s a standup striker at heart who relies on his boxing skills and head movement. Perez has proven he’s more than willing to trade strikes in the middle of the octagon, but he can also hold his own of the ground of need be and has three victories via the rear-naked choke. Perez has fought most of his career in Mexico, his birthplace. 

Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17

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Andre Soukhamthath enters this fight with a 11-4 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Soukhamthath has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a March loss to Albert Morales. Soukhamthath is averaging 3.07 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.6 percent. Soukhamthath is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Soukhamthath is coming off a split decision loss in his UFC debut and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Soukhamthath is a lengthy fighter with good athleticism, and he displays good striking ability that includes impressive ground and pound. Soukhamthath has a lot of the raw tools to be a really solid fighter on this stage because of his power and variety of strikes in his toolbox. Soukhamthath has won his last three fights by knockout and has finished his last six opponents overall. This will be Soukhamthath’s first fight outside of the United States.

This could end up being one of the better fights on the card because of Perez’s boxing ability and Soukhamthath’s all around striking. Neither one of these guys are that interested in takedowns and wrestling. However, I’m a big fan of Soukhamthath because of his variety, as he can knockout his opponent standing up, in the clinch or on the canvas. He’s a fighter to keep an eye on moving forward and I give him the edge against the smaller Perez even with this fight taking place on his homeland. 

Soukhamthath gets his first UFC victory.

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