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Sean O'Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath UFC 222 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/3/18

Soukhamthath vs. O'Malley

UFC: Saturday, March 3, 2018 (T-Mobile Arena)

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

TV: PPV

Sean O'Malley and Andre Soukhamthath fight Saturday during UFC 222 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Sean O'Malley enters this fight with a 9-0 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be O'Malley’s fifth fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a December win over Terrion Ware. O'Malley is averaging 8.73 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56.5 percent. O'Malley is averaging 2.34 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. O'Malley had possibly the best year of anybody last year, winning his first two UFC fights and going 4-0 overall. O’Malley has been nothing short of incredible in his first two fights, as he has the one punch knockout victory and is fresh off a bout in which he landed 142 strikes and produced three takedowns. O’Malley has now finished seven of his nine pro fights and is certainly somebody to keep an eye on considering he’s only 23 years old. O’Malley is an athletic, creative fighter who uses his legs well, has power in his hands and is stronger than his lengthy frame suggests, which helps with his takedowns. Fundamentals are still a question with him and he can be caught out of position at times, but O’Malley is a promising, promising fighter who is just getting his feet wet. This will be O’Malley’s third career fight in Las Vegas. 

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Sean O'Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath UFC 222 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/3/18

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Andre Soukhamthath enters this fight with a 12-5 record and has won 67 percent of his fights by knockout. Soukhamthath has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Luke Sanders. Soukhamthath is averaging 3.02 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Soukhamthath is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Soukhamthath was able to snap a string of back-to-back losses with a second round knockout, and a victory here would certainly raise some eyebrows. Soukhamthath has had a pair of recent split decision losses and has a shaky introduction to the UFC overall. When in good form, 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. However, the fact Soukhamthath hasn’t even attempted a takedown in three UFC fights is a bit concerning. Soukhamthath has produced knockouts in each of his last four victories, and he’s finished each of his last seven wins. This will be Soukhamthath’s second career fight in Las Vegas. 

Soukhamthath is a tough fighter who has never been finished in his career and has the boxing background that will allow him to hang with O’Malley standing up. In fact, some could argue that Soukhamthath would have the edge if this was a pure striking fight. The problem is O’Malley has more versatility to his game and could easily force Soukhamthath to fight a style he doesn’t want to fight. Soukhamthath has been on the losing end in both of his UFC fights in which he was taken down. O’Malley is also the longer and more athletic fighter, which will help in his strikes and keep Soukhamthath on his toes.

O’Malley has given us no reason to bet against him yet, and he’s somebody who is only going to improve. I like O’Malley to remain undefeated.

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