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UFC Fight Night 221 Pick – Alexander Volkov vs Alexander Romanov Prediction & Odds

Alexander Romanov vs Alexander Volkov
March 11, 2023 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Alexander Romanov -150 / Alexander Volkov +130
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Alexander Volkov and Alexander Romanov face off on Saturday in a heavyweight showdown at UFC Fight Night 221 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. 

Alexander Volkov vs Alexander Romanov Odds

Alexander Volkov is the underdog sitting at +130 while Alexander Romanov is the favorite sitting at -150. 

Alexander Volkov Betting Preview

Alexander Volkov comes into this game with a 35-10 record overall and he’s coming off a victory in the last game. On June 4th of 2022, he faced off against Jairzinho Rozenstruik and it was two minutes and 12 seconds into the fight that he was able to win the fight with his fists. Two fights ago against Tom Aspinall he got put in a bad position and ended up losing by an armbar. Volkov is averaging 4.88 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.04 significant strikes per minute He mostly wants to keep the fight on the feet and is averaging only 0.51 takedowns every 15 minutes. He is successful on 70 percent of takedown attempts, he also stops 71 percent of his opponent’s takedown attempts. 

Alexander Romanov  Betting Preview

On the other side of this fight is Alexander Romanov who sits with a 16-1 record overall and he had won five fights in a row before losing the last fight against Marcin Tybura in August of 2022. He had two takedowns, but was outstruck 47-40 and he lost by a majority decision. Two fights ago against Chase Sherman he was able to win by submission. He is averaging 3.78 significant strikes while absorbing 1.86 significant strikes per minute. He wants to get to the fight to the ground and is averaging 5.18 takedowns every 15 minutes. He is successful on 62 percent of his takedown attempts and stops only 20 percent of his opponent’s takedown attempts. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This is a huge fight for both guys as they try to make a case for why they should get a title shot. This fight is all going to come down to if Romanov is able to get the fight to the ground. I do expect Romanov is going to dictate the fight by getting it to the ground, and that is going to be the difference as he’s going to get the job done. He might not get the finish, but he’s going to win. Back Romanov on the money line. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Alexander Romanov ML

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