Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is an excellent opportunity for fighters to make the leap to the UFC. It also gives bettors an opportunity to see the rising talent and make some money.
One battle in the upcoming event to check out is the lightweight showdown between Lucas Almeida and Daniel Zellhuber. Both fighters are still undefeated after 10 wins each, so this should be an exciting matchup.
Date: September 28, 2021
Location: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV
Main Card on ESPN+ at 7:00 PM
Lucas Almeida (12-0-0): Can he Win this Striking War?
Almeida enters this battle after a third-round knockout victory against Nicolas Cocuccio back in November of 2019. Indeed, it has been a while since his last professional battle.
His fighting resume shows that he has eight wins by knockout and four by submission. This is a great start, especially since he can close out fights without the need for judges to intervene.
In addition, he also has eight first-round finishes. This makes his resume appear more deadly, but it could play a role in this fight.
He has competed in several fighting leagues during his professional career. These include Predator FC, ECC, and a Brazil Regional.
Almeida’s best wins are his most recent, as they were part of Jungle Fight and Max Fight. These battles were against quality opponents that had winning records.
Daniel Zellhuber (11-0-0): Will he put up Another Early Finish?
Zellhuber also has a winning streak to match Almeida, but he has fought more recently. His last battle was a first-round TKO against Jafeth Herrera Quiros back in May this year.
His fighting resume shows that he has seven wins by knockout, two by submission, and two by decision. As you can see, striking performances have been the way for him.
Looking deeper into his resume, he has put up five first-round finishes. So not only does he strike well, but he can put an end to a battle quickly.
“Golden Boy” has battled solid competition throughout his career thus far. This was definitely shown in his battles with the iKon Fighting Federation and Liz Fight League.
Zellhuber has also competed in Combate 28, Jasaji FL, and Lutador Expertos del Combate. All of these were against solid opponents that were just establishing their resumes.
Odds for This Event
The market shows this matchup to be in favor of Zellhuber. For the Moneyline, BetOnline has the odds currently placed at:
Free Betting Pick
Looking at both fighters on paper, they appear evenly matched. They also have plenty of wins by knockout, so you can expect that this fight will most likely stay standing.
When looking at who could win the striking war, it could be a toss-up. However, Zellhuber has battled against quality competition most recently and has put up three straight first-round finishes.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Zellhuber wins via TKO, at -190
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