UFC 263 Betting Preview – Hakeem Dawodu vs. Movsar Evloev – Saturday, June 12, 2021

by Earl Campbell | June 10, 2021 |

Opening for the preliminary card in UFC 263 is a featherweight battle that you do not want to miss for your next betting experience. In this matchup, check out the fight between Movsar Evloev and Hakeem Dawodu, as these fighters are looking to make statements.

Date: Sat, Jun 12, 7:00 PM

Venue: Gila River Arena

Watch on: ESPN

Movsar Evloev (14-0-0)

Evloev is looking to extend his undefeated record with another fight in the UFC. His most recent battle was a split decision against Nik Lentz back in January of this year.

His fighting resume shows that he has three wins by knockout, four by submission, and seven by decision. He also has put up two first-round finishes, with one each coming from a knockout and a submission.

He has a striking accuracy at 44 percent and a grappling accuracy at 37 percent. He lands 4.70 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.83. This is a great start for a ratio, as he separates the two averages well.

Evloev has a takedown defense at 70 percent and a significant strike defense at 64 percent. He also averages 2.75 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.

Hakeem Dawodu (12-1-1)

Dawodu is currently on a five-fight winning streak heading into this battle. His most recent performance was a split decision against Zubaira Tukhugov back in September of last year.

His fighting resume shows that he has seven wins by knockout and five by decision. He also has put up two first-round knockout finishes.

“Mean” has a striking accuracy at 47 percent but nothing for a grappling accuracy. He lands 5.15 significant strikes a minute while taking on 2.31. This ratio is excellent if he can continue this separation.

Dawodu has a takedown defense at 85 percent and a significant strike defense at 63 percent. He does not yet have any averages for takedowns or submissions.

Dawodu vs. Evloev Betting Odds & Lines

The market has this battle favoring Evloev here moderately. For the moneyline, BetDSI has the odds currently placed at:

Dawodu: +188

Evloev: -233

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Both fighters have displayed excellent fights so far in their short time in the UFC. They each bring forward something unique to the fight and could possibly have the fight of the night award.

Dawodu has been excellent at striking and has been able to out-strike his opponents with ease. If this fight stays standing, then there is a good chance for him to win this.

Evloev has arguably a better all-around performance and is currently undefeated. With this in mind, you should hope that he comes out focused, looking to defend that streak.

Overall, Evloev has a great opportunity to win this battle if he can move the fight to the ground and earn points that way. Look for him to pull out all of his tricks to get the victory by decision.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Evloev wins via decision, at -233

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