A middleweight showdown is headed your way soon in the UFC 255 event. Before you go to the main card, you should take a look at the prelims to find a betting opportunity. One fight to look into further would be between Joaquin Buckley and Jordan Wright.
Date: Sat, Nov 21, 7:00 PM
Venue: UFC Apex
Watch on: ESPN 2
Betting Preview: Joaquin Buckley (11-3-0)
Buckley is coming into this matchup fresh off of a knockout victory back in October against Impa Kasanganay. This was his second bout since joining the UFC.
His fighting resume shows that he has eight wins by knockout and three by decision. Out of his 11 victories, he has four of those knockouts being finished in the first round.
With only two UFC fights on his resume, “New Mansa” has a striking accuracy at 32% and a grappling accuracy at 25%. He landed 3.92 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 6.09. This ratio is slightly inflated, given that in his first fight, he was greatly outstriked.
Buckley has been unable to defend against takedowns yet but has a significant strike defense at 49%. He also averages 0.85 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Betting Preview: Jordan Wright (11-0-0)
Wright comes into this bout with an undefeated 11 fight winning streak. His most recent victory was back in August against Isaac Villanueva with a first-round TKO.
His fighting resume shows that he has six wins by knockout and five by submission. Out of his 11 wins, 10 of them have been first-round finishes with a combined effort from knockouts and submissions.
“The Beverly Hills Ninja” only has two UFC fights on his resume so far. One was a no-contest back in 2018 that was part of the Dana White’s Contender Series.
In his recent bout, he was able to land 15 strikes compared to his opponent's seven. Shortly after just a minute and a half of action, he landed several consecutive strikes that ended the bout via TKO.
Buckley vs. Wright Betting Odds & Lines
The market is showing Buckley to be the favorite here. For the moneyline, Intertops has the odds currently placed at:
- Buckley: -250
- Wright: +190
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Wright arguably came close to losing his first UFC bout back in 2018, but the bout was overturned and resulted in a no contest. In just 40 seconds, he was already outstriked 10-2 and had been knocked down.
Buckley has shown that he is a great striker with potential to land serious power punches. In this matchup, you can see he has a slight edge in that regard.
Although Wright has been on a tear, he has not faced a lot of high-quality fighters. His last few bouts have been more impressive and on par with what the UFC can offer him.
Overall, Buckley should come away with this. He will need to stay standing and look to land strikes accurately.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Buckley wins via TKO, at -250
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