UFC Fight Island Betting Prediction: Fares Ziam vs. Jamie Mullarkey

by Ayden Fahlstrom | October 16, 2020 |

A couple of lightweight division rivals will face off early in the prelims for the next UFC event. These fighters looking to move up in their careers are Jamie Mullarkey and Fares Ziam.

  • Date: Saturday, October 17, 3:00 PM
  • Venue: Flash Forum
  • Watch on: ESPN+

Jamie Mullarkey (12-3-0)

Mullarkey is coming off of a decision loss nearly a year ago. His fighting resume shows that he has 8 wins by knockout, 3 by submission, and 1 by decision.

With only one UFC fight under his belt, he had a striking accuracy at 37 percent and a grappling accuracy at 20 percent. He landed 2.40 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 6.07. Obviously, he will need to change here if he wants to succeed.

Mullarkey was unable to defend against takedowns and he had a 40 percent significant strike defense. He also averaged 3.00 takedowns and nearly 1.00 submission in that 15 minutes.

Fares Ziam (10-3-0)

Ziam is also coming off of a decision loss by nearly a year ago. His fighting resume shows that he has 5 wins by knockout, 4 by submission, and 1 by decision.

He too has one UFC fight on his resume, where he had a striking accuracy at 32 percent and nothing for a grappling. He landed 0.67 significant strikes a minute and absorbed 1.40. This ratio, although negative, is also quite low in terms of any volume at all.

Ziam had a takedown defense at 75 percent and a significant strike defense at 57 percent. He did not have any averages for takedowns or submissions.

Odds For This Event

The market has been steady on their view for this one. BetDSI has the odds currently set at:

Mullarkey: -149

Ziam: +124

*odds are subject to changes

Potential Winning Pick

Both of these fighters are trying to advance in their careers with success from the UFC. They both also have debut losses that they are looking to make right.

Ziam had a very poor offensive performance. With nearly 10 strikes in 15 minutes, you cannot get anything done that way. His opponent had him on the ground 3 different times too.

Mullarkey had the better performance but still lost. In this fight, he can use his aggressive takedowns and potentially wear down Ziam just like his other opponent did.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Mullarkey wins via decision

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