The next UFC event has a lot of betting opportunities within the preliminary card. For bettors wanting to gain some experience, this is a great time to get some quality bets in.
One battle to take a look at is the middleweight showdown between Punahele Soriano and Brendan Allen. Both fighters have compelling resumes that could help sway the battle in their favor.
- Date: Sat, Jul 24, 3:00 PM
- Venue: UFC Apex
- Watch on: ESPN
Punahele Soriano (8-0-0): Can He Keep His Undefeated Record?
Soriano is looking to make it nine straight victories but has a tough matchup ahead of him. His most recent performance was a first round TKO against Dusko Todorovic back in January of this year.
His fighting resume shows that he has five wins by knockout, two by submission, and one by decision. Based on his resume so far, he has established a solid striking performance in every battle he encounters.
“Story Time” has a striking accuracy of 43 percent and a grappling accuracy at 66 percent. He lands 4.46 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.86. This is a solid ratio that has some separation between the two averages.
Soriano does not yet have a takedown defense but has a significant strike defense at 52 percent. He also averages 2.60 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Brendan Allen (16-4-0): Getting Back on Track, but Needs Another Definitive Win
Allen is coming off of a first round submission victory against Karl Roberson back in April of this year. This was a much-needed victory after dropping the previous battle.
His fighting resume shows that he has five wins by knockout, nine by submission, and two by decision. So far, he has been able to finish fights without many of them going to the judges.
“All In” has a striking accuracy of 58 percent and a grappling accuracy at 50 percent. He lands 3.35 significant strikes a minute while taking on 4.19. This is a negative ratio, so this could be a factor in this fight.
Allen has a takedown defense at 50 percent and a significant strike defense at 39 percent. He also averages 1.73 takedowns and 2.10 submissions every 15 minutes.
Odds For This Event
The market has this battle looking like a toss-up. For the Moneyline, MyBookie has the odds currently set at:
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Both fighters have what it takes to finish this fight. They both have very few decision victories combined, so this battle will most likely end before the third round.
Allen will need to keep the fight on the ground if he wants to succeed. His poor significant strike ratio could be the difference maker in this battle.
Overall, Soriano has a solid opportunity if he is aggressive with his strikes. Look for him to win this by some form of a knockout.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Soriano wins via TKO
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