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John Moraga vs. Deiveson Figueiredo UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/18

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. John Moraga

UFC: Saturday, August 25, 2018 (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

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

TV: FS2

John Moraga and Deiveson Figueiredo fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 135 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

John Moraga enters this fight with a 19-6 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by submission. Moraga has split his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Wilson Reis. Moraga is averaging 2.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.2 percent. Moraga is averaging 0.66 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25 percent. Moraga has been on quite a roll lately with three straight victories and is coming off a bout in which he landed 69 strikes and overcame eight takedowns. This is probably the best stretch of Moraga’s career, and he’ll keep climbing up the rankings if the results continue. Moraga knows his way around the canvas and is more than capable of finishing fighters with his takedown ability and wrestling background. Moraga is a tough fighter who has only been finished twice in his career and has above-average stamina to outlast his opponent. This will be Moraga’s first career fight in Nebraska.

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John Moraga vs. Deiveson Figueiredo UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/18

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Deiveson Figueiredo enters this fight with a 14-0 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Figueiredo’s fourth fight since last year and is coming off a February win over Joseph Morales. Figueiredo is averaging 1.94 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.9 percent. Figueiredo is averaging 2.17 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55.5 percent. Figueiredo is now 3-0 under the UFC banner and is coming off a knockout victory in which he landed 44 strikes and produced two takedowns. Figueiredo is most known for his wrestling ability and high takedown ability, but six of his last nine fights have ended in knockout and he’s proven to be an accurate striker. Figueiredo has a viscous ground and pound attack and usually has the edge whenever the fight goes to the canvas. The concern for Figueiredo is that he’s just starting to step up in competition and this will be the first time he’s fighting out of his comfort zone. Needless to say, this is a true test of the undefeated Deus Da Guerra. This will be Figueiredo’s first career fight outside of Brazil. 

It’s going to be interesting to see how Figueiredo responds to not being the home favorite for the first time, and he’s fighting a guy who can wrestle with him. Moraga is finally showing consistency and proving he’s one of the better fighters in this division. With all that said, I’m not betting against Figueiredo until he gives me a reason to. Figueiredo gets the fight where he wants it and unloads with powerful strikes, and its a formula that hasn’t been stopped up to this point. Not to mention Figueiredo has a decent size advantage here.

I like the Brazilian to remain undefeated.

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