Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/16/17
Emmett vs. Lamas
UFC: Saturday, December 16, 2017 (Bell MTS Place)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Ricardo Lamas and Josh Emmett fight Saturday on UFC on Fox 26 at the Bell MTS Place.
Ricardo Lamas enters this fight with a 18-5 record and has won 39 percent of his fights by decision. Lamas has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a July win over Jason Knight. Lamas is averaging 2.74 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.4 percent. Lamas is averaging 1.71 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 32.3 percent. Lamas has put together back-to-back victories since his loss to Max Holloway and has a shot to win two fights in one year for the first time since 2014. Lamas has now finished six of his last nine opponents and continues to display effective striking with solid takedown ability. Lamas simply bullied his last opponent, beating him in under three minutes with 42 significant strikes. Lamas has a deep background in wrestling and has never been submitted himself, while four of his career victories have come via the guillotine choke. This will be Lamas’ first fight in Canada.
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Josh Emmett enters this fight with a 12-1 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by decision. Emmett has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a October win over Felipe Arantes. Emmett is averaging 4.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.4 percent. Emmett is averaging 2.25 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. Emmett will fight for the third time this year and bounced back from his loss to Desmond Green when he returned to featherweight. Emmett isn’t the sexiest fighter in the world, but he has a deep background in wrestling, is a polished grappler and has a high IQ that allows him to be crisp defensively and avoid any serious danger. Heck, even Emmett’s only career loss was a split decision, so we have yet to see the 32-year-old clearly lose a bout. Emmett is a fundamentally sound fighter who always has a shot to win when entering the cage. This will be Emmett’s first fight in Canada.
It’s hard to bet against a fighter like Emmett, who is solid defensively and usually always one step ahead of his opponent. The problem is Lamas is the aggressor with a higher finish percentage and has proven over the years he can end things either standing up or on the canvas. Lamas also has the conditioning to last a grappling or wrestling match with Emmett while still having enough left in the tank to finish the job in the later rounds. This is a fight where Lamas can kind of force the issue a bit and control the pace of the fight, earning the victory.
Give me Lamas in this fight.