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Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/1/18

Pichel vs. Gillespie

UFC: Friday, June 1, 2018 (Adirondack Bank Center)

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

TV: FS1

Gregor Gillespie and Vinc Pichel fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 131 at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Gregor Gillespie enters this fight with a 11-0 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Gillespie’s fourth fight since 2017 and is coming off a January win over Jordan Rinaldi. Gillespie is averaging 3.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.3 percent. Gillespie is averaging 5.49 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37 percent. Gillespie improves to 4-0 under the UFC banner in which he landed 42 strikes and got a first round knockout. Gillespie has quickly been turning heads recently, as he’s finished each of his last three opponents, has shown an improved striking game and has been a takedown machine. Gillespie simply gets the fight where and when he wants it, and he’s proving he’s one of the more accomplished and successful wrestlers in the sport. Takedowns and a productive ground and pound, it’s a formula that has yet to letdown the 31-year-old Gillespie. This will be Gillespie’s second career fight in New York, his birthplace. 

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Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/1/18

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Vinc Pichel enters this fight with a 11-1 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by knockout. Pichel has won each of his last four fights and is coming off a January win over Joaquim Silva. Pichel is averaging 3.54 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.6 percent. Pichel is averaging 5.01 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.9 percent. Pichel has won both of his fights since his return from a lengthy hiatus, and he’s coming off a bout in which he landed 62 strikes and had one takedown in a decision victory. Despite Pichel being known as a knockout artist with a 72 inch reach, three of his last four victories have gone the distance. Still, Pichel is a heavy handed 35-year-old who has to be respected standing up, and he’s well conditioned to be effective in all three rounds. Pichel’s only career loss came in 2012 against Rustam Khabilov. This will be Pichel’s first career fight in New York.

Both of these guys are really proven grapplers who have had a ton of takedown success on the UFC level and have heavy hands that allow them to be viscous in the ground and pound. Pichel is the bigger, lengthy guy and has answered the questions as far as rust with two quick victories. Gillespie has yet to lose a fight and almost always gets a fight where he wants it and is a nightmare once he gets his opponent off their feet. This is going to be a fun chess match between these two guys, but I’m giving the edge to Gillespie. He has a little more balance to his style and is relentless on the canvas. We could see Pichel wear down in this fight the later it goes.

The Gift remains unbeaten.

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