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Dennis Bermudez vs. Andre Fili UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/27/18

Fili vs. Bermudez

UFC: Sunday, January 27, 2018 (Spectrum Center)

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

TV: FOX

Dennis Bermudez and Andre Fili fight Saturday during UFC on Fox 27 at the Spectrum Center.

Dennis Bermudez enters this fight with a 17-7 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by decision. Bermudez has split his last eight fights and is coming off a July loss to Darren Elkins. Bermudez is averaging 4.36 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.6 percent. Bermudez is averaging 3.85 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.9 percent. Bermudez continues to be hit or miss the last several years and now hopes to avoid his third straight loss for the second time in his career. Bermudez is coming off a tight split decision in which he struck well but was taken down three times. When in good form, Bermudez is a well conditioned fighter who is highly successful with his takedowns and executes a solid ground and pound attack. Bermudez seems to get better the deeper a fight goes and has won nine of his 13 career decisions, so if he can avoid being finished, he gives himself a good chance to win o the cards. This will be Bermudez’s first fight in North Carolina. 

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Dennis Bermudez vs. Andre Fili UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/27/18

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Andre Fili enters this fight with a 17-5 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by knockout. Fili has split his last eight fights and is coming off a October win over Artem Lobov. Fili is averaging 3.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.1 percent. Fili is averaging 2.74 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Fili is another fighter struggling with consistency, as he looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013. Fili is 5-4 under the UFC banner and is coming off an impressive bout in which he produced five takedowns. Fili is more of a grappler than anything with aggressive takedowns, and he likes to wear down his opponent. Fili isn’t accurate with his strikes, but he does defend well and has eight knockout victories under his belt, so his stand up can’t be overlooked. Fili is simply an athletic fighter who can do a little bit of everything and should be entering his peak, as he’s now 27 years old and has several bouts under his belt. This will be Fili’s first fight in North Carolina. 

This is a tough fight to pick, as both guys have similar skill sets and are hard to get a read on. Bermudez is a proven fighter, but he’s lost his last two bouts and can be a bit conservative with his offensive attack. Fili has the skills to be a bigger name, but he hasn’t won two fights in a row in the last five years. Flip a coin? I’m siding with Fili here because he has an eight-inch reach advantage, has the power advantage and will be the aggressor in this bout. It’s also only a matter of time before Fili strings wins together, as the skills are there to be better than a win-loss-win-loss fighter.

Give me Fili in I guess what would be considered an upset.

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