UFC Fight Island 7: Punahele Soriano vs. Dusko Todorovic Picks, Odds and Predictions

UFC Fight Island 7: Punahele Soriano vs. Dusko Todorovic Picks, Odds and Predictions Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Dusko Todorovic vs. Punahele Soriano

Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST (Fight Island Abu Dhabi)

Dusko Todorovic -165 / Punahele Soriano +125 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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Punahele Soriano and Dusko Todorovic are opening the main-card at UFC Fight Island 7 on Saturday, January 16, 2021 on ABC.

In this middleweight (185lb) bout, we have Dusko “Thunder” Todorovic vs. Punahele “Story Time“ Soriano. Todorovic is fighting out of Belgrade, Serbia. Todorovic is entering this bout as a -165 favorite. His professional MMA record is 10-0-0. His current record in the UFC is 1-0-0, but he did win against Teddy Ash on Dana White’s Contender Series. Todorovic won his UFC debut against Dequan Townsend via KO in October 2020. Todorovic has 6 wins by KO/TKO (60%), 3 submissions (30%), and 1 decision (10%). 

Punahele is entering this fight as a +125 underdog. He is fighting out of Wailua, Hawaii. His professional MMA record is 7-0-0. His current record in the UFC is 1-0-0, but he did win against Jamie Pickett on Dana White’s Contender Series. In Punahele’s last bout, he won against Oskar Piechota via KO in the first round. Punahele has 4 wins via KO/TKO (57%), 2 submissions (29%), and 1 decision (14%). Both of these fighters are entering this bout undefeated. 

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Todorovic won his last bout against Dequan Townsend, but don’t put too much stock in this win. The combination of Todorovic's grappling, wrestling, and relentless pressure, will pose a significant threat to Punahele. Once Punahlele blocks headshots, it creates space for Todorovic to land a takedown or devastating body shots. My prediction is Todorovic dominates this fight. There is no value betting on Todorovic as a -165 favorite. The best value is in a prop bet. 

Todorovic by Decision or Technical Decision +330

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Payne’s Pick Todorovic by Decision or Technical Decision +330

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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