UFC 257: Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Picks, Odds and Predictions

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Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares

Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:00 PM EST (Fight Island Abu Dhabi)

Antonio Carlos Junior -112 / Tavares -102 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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Brad Tavares and Antonio Carlos Junior are fighting at UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23, 2021 on ESPN. 

In this middleweight (185lb) bout, we have Brad Tavares vs. Antino Carlos Junior. Tavares is fighting out of Kailua, Hawaii. Tavares is currently on a two-fight losing streak. In his last two bouts, he lost to Edmen Shahbazyan and Israel Adesanya. Before these losses, he was on a four fight win streak and had notable wins over Elias Theodorou and Thales Leites. He is entering this bout as a -102 slight underdog. He has a professional MMA record of 17-6-0. Tavares has 5 wins by KO/TKO (29%), 2 submissions (12%), and 10 decisions (59%). 

Antonio Carlos is entering this fight as a -112 slight favorite. He is fighting out of Joao Pessoa, Brazil. He has a professional MMA record of 10-4-0. Carlos is currently on a two fight losing streak. In those last two fights, he lost to Uriah Hall and Ian Heinisch. Before those losses, he was on a five fight win streak. He has notable wins over Jack Marshman, Marvin Vettori, and Eric Spicely. Carlos has 0 wins via KO/TKO (0%), 8 submissions (80%), and 2 decisions (20%).  

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Antonio opened up as a +135 underdog, so a lot of money is being put on him. He’s a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, but his cardio is a little concerning. Tavares has a significant striking advantage, but Antonio has relatively good wrestling. He averages 3.78 takedowns per fifteen minutes. Basically, Antonino needs to get this fight to the ground. If he does this, he will have a lot of success. However, Tavares has never been submitted, but Antonio’s wrestling and Jiu Jitsu advantage should be the difference in this fight. For these reasons, my pick is...J

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Payne’s Pick Antonio Carlos Junior ML -112

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

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