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Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba UFC on Fox 30 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/28/18

Ion Cutelaba vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov

UFC: Saturday, July 28, 2018 (Scotiabank Saddledome)

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

TV: FOX

Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Ion Cutelaba fight Saturday during UFC on Fox 30 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Gadzhimurad Antigulov enters this fight with a 20-4 record and has won 70 percent of his fights by submission. Antigulov has won each of his last 14 fights and is coming off a May (2017) win over Joachim Christensen. Antigulov is averaging 0.58 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 25 percent. Antigulov is averaging 8.65 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Antigulov only has two UFC fights under his belt, but he’s clearly shown what he’s about in the octagon. Antigulov is all wrestling and is only interested in takedowns and forcing submissions. There’s not a ton of striking to Antigulov’s game, as he goes for his takedown attempts early and usually finishes the fight right after that. Antigulov has won 12 of his last 14 fights in the first round and each of his last three victories have come by submission. Antigulov has some boxing skills and some of that Russian power in his hands, but it goes without saying that if his opponent doesn’t have a polished ground game, he stands little chance in the octagon with the guy who hasn’t lost in more than six years. This will be Antigulov’s first career fight in Canada.

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Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba UFC on Fox 30 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/28/18

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Ion Cutelaba enters this fight with a 13-3 record and has won 69 percent of his fights by knockout. Cutelaba has won nine of his last 11 fights and is coming off a June (2017) win over Henrique da Silva. Cutelaba is averaging 4.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 31 percent. Cutelaba is averaging 2.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Cutelaba is coming off a first round knockout in which he landed just 15 total strikes to get the job done. Cutelaba is known for his striking power that has one punch knockout potential, and eight of his last 10 victories have come by knockout. Cutelaba has an aggressive ground and pound, but 68 percent of his strikes have come standing up. Cutelaba also has some wrestling skills and a background in Sambo, but he’s at his best when he can let those hands go and finish a fight on his terms. Cutelaba has also shown above average takedown defense at the UFC level, which is obviously key in this bout here. This will be Cutelaba’s second career fight in Canada. 

This is sure to be a fun bout between two guys who know what their strengths and weaknesses are and usually put on a show when allowed to fight in their comfort zone. Cutelaba obviously has a clear edge in power and is probably the more balanced fighter due to his ability to wrestle when needed. However, we have yet to see Antigulov be denied when it comes to getting the fight where he wants it and controlling his opponent on the canvas. Antigulov is a wrestling machine and wastes no time finishing things once he executes. Until somebody stops him or is able to counter his game plan, it’s hard to bet against him.

I’m riding the Antigulov bandwagon.

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