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Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17

Godbeer vs. Harris

UFC: Saturday, October 7, 2017 (T-Mobile Arena)

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

TV: PPV

Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Walt Harris enters this fight with a 10-5 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Harris has split his last eight fights and is coming off a June win over Cyril Asker. Harris is averaging 2.93 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.8 percent. Harris is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Harris will fight for the third time this year and hopes to win three straight fights for the first time since 2012-13. There’s no secrets when it comes to Harris, as he’s an athletic, explosive fighter who relies on his striking ability and has won all 10 of his fights by knockout. Harris is a nightmare standing up and he does a lot of his work in the early rounds. However, if an opponent can survive the early onslaught from Harris, they have a really good chance of wearing him down and stealing the fight. This will be Harris’ fourth fight in Las Vegas.

Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17

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Mark Godbeer enters this fight with a 12-3 record and has won 75 percent of his fights by knockout. Godbeer has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Daniel Spitz. Godbeer is averaging 5.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.4 percent. Godbeer is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Godbeer bounced back nicely from his loss to Justin Ledet and will fight for the second time this year. Godbeer is also primary a striker who has produced knockouts in five of his last six victories and has won just one fight by decision overall. Godbeer has done majority of his work standing up at the UFC level, but he does have two career submission victories, so there’s a little more to his game than just raw punching power and aggressiveness. This will be Godbeer’s second fight in Las Vegas.

This should be a fun slugfest between two power strikers who do most of their work standing up and have seen a combined four decision between them. This one has stoppage written all over it for the winner. You could make a case for either guy in a matchup like this, but I’m siding with Harris. He’s the bigger fighter between the two and is the more powerful puncher, as he has raw, one-punch KO potential. His three inch height advantage, longer legs and extra 10 pounds will be key in a fight like this one.

Give me the American in this heavyweight bout.

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