Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 2/24/18
Griffin vs. Perry
UFC: Sunday, February 24, 2018 (Amway Center)
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Mike Perry and Max Griffin fight Saturday in the UFC on Fox 28 at the Amway Center.
Mike Perry enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Perry has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a December loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio. Perry is averaging 4.42 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.6 percent. Perry is averaging 0.27 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Perry is coming off his second career loss in which he ate 81 strikes and was taken down three times, losing in unanimous decision. Both of Perry’s losses have gone the distance, proving he has a strong enough chin to survive these strike battles he enjoys having in the octagon. Perry is a pure striker with heavy hands and a deep boxing background that’s allowed him to win all 11 of his fights by knockout, a few that have ended with one strike. Perry wants a fight on his feet and has produced just one successful takedown in six UFC fights. There’s no surprises with Perry and what he wants to do, it’s just a matter of his opponent surviving the onslaught and trying to take him out of his element. Standing up, few can hang with Perry and his striking game. This will be Perry’s fifth fight in Florida, his current residence.
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Max Griffin enters this fight with a 13-4 record and has won 54 percent of his fights by knockout. Griffin has split his last six fights and is coming off a October loss to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. Griffin is averaging 2.8 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.9 percent. Griffin is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Griffin is now 1-2 under the UFC banner and is coming off a slugfest in which he ate 94 strikes and was knocked down twice, a battle that earned fight of the night honors. Despite the losing effort, Griffin showed that he’s one tough dude and is capable of taking a beating and hang in there when others would cave. Griffin has a brawler feel to him, as he wants to stand in there and trade strikes, and he’s produced seven knockouts that way. Griffin hasn’t even attempted a takedown in three UFC fights, and he’s been taken down just once. With one punch knockout potential, Griffin has to feel he has the advantage if he can fight standing up. This will be Griffin’s first career fight in Florida.
Considering neither of these guys have ended attempted many takedowns, we should see a powerful striking contest that’s going to be entertaining until one of these dudes possibly tastes the canvas. Then again, both of these guys have proven chins, so it could just be a blood bath for three rounds. Possible fight of the night in this matchup. As for who wins, I’m siding with Perry because I think he’s the more polished striker and has more variety to his attack. He lands at a much higher percentage, defends better and also has the edge in pure power. Griffin is aggressive and does have a five inch reach advantage, which could be key in a fight like this, but overall, Perry is the better fighter who is tough to bet against when he gets his way.
I like Perry to get his bounce back victory.