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Julio Arce vs. Daniel Teymur UFC Fight Night 131 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/1/18

Teymur vs. Arce

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

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

TV: FS1

Julio Arce and Daniel Teymur fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 131 at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Julio Arce enters this fight with a 14-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Arce has won each of his last six fights and is coming off a January win over Dan Ige. Arce is averaging 5.96 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.8 percent. Arce is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Arce improved to 2-0 under the UFC banner with a decision victory in which he landed 87 strikes and survived a takedown. Arce hasn’t lost since his 2016 fight against Brian Kelleher, which was a third round submission. Arce has shown great defense in his UFC bouts, as he’s defending 73 percent of his strikes and 93 percent of his takedowns. Offensively, Arce is a polished wrestler and grappler who outworks his opponent on the canvas and has won seven of his eight career decisions. Arce has a shot to really make a name for himself with a victory on the main card here. This will be Arce’s first carer fight in New York, his birthplace.  

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Julio Arce vs. Daniel Teymur UFC Fight Night 131 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/1/18

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Daniel Teymur enters this fight with a 6-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Teymur has won five his last six fights and is coming off a July loss to Danny Henry. Teymur is averaging 4.6 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.4 percent. Teymur is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Teymur lost his UFC debut, a fight that earned fight of the night honors, as he ate 153 strikes and responded with 78 strikes of his own. Teymur has proven to be an exciting fighter, as he’s finished all six of his victories and was involved in a heavy offensive battle in his most recent battle. Teymur has a deep background in kickboxing and Muay Thai, and he has raw knockout power. Teymur has won three of his last four fights by submission, but his standup striking can not go unnoticed. While the offense is there, Teymur has to be better defensively if he hopes to survive on this level, as he took too many shots in his UFC debut. This will be Teymur’s first career fight in the United States.

Arce is a smart fighter who has been really said defensively in his last few fights and finds ways to win that may not always be pretty. Teymur was treated like a punching bag in his UFC debut and can be a bit wild at times. This is a clear clash of styles between two guys looking to make a name for themselves on the big stage. This is also the first time Arce gets to fight in his home state, so there should be a nice crowd advantage here for the American.

Give me the better defender in Arce to win this fight.

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