Opening for the main card in the next UFC event is a welterweight matchup that should help set the tone for the rest of the card. Opening fights like these have a tendency to impress, and this one is likely to do the same.
This matchup is between Mickey Gall and Jordan Williams. Both fighters have steady resumes that should bode well for fans in this matchup.
- Date: Sat, Jul 24, 6:00 PM
- Venue: UFC Apex
- Watch on: ESPN+
Mickey Gall (6-3-0): Getting Back on Track is Priority
Gall is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Mike Perry back in June of last year. This fight stopped his chances at making it two straight victories after winning the previous battle.
His fighting resume shows that he has five wins by submission and one by decision. As you can see, he has dominated the ground game just about every time he faces someone.
Gall has a striking accuracy at 46 percent and a grappling accuracy at 26 percent. He lands 2.55 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.65. This ratio is a bit on the negative side and could show up here.
Gall has a takedown defense at 40 percent and a significant strike defense at 42 percent. He also averages 1.15 takedowns and 2.10 submissions every 15 minutes.
Jordan Williams (9-4-0): Will He Step To and Claim a Victory?
Williams is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Nassourdine Imavov back in October last year. This loss was a tough one for him, so he will need to do everything he can to get back on track.
His fighting resume shows that he has seven wins by knockout, one by submission, and one by decision. So far, his striking has proved to be the breadwinner for him.
“Bomaye” has a striking accuracy at 51 percent and a grappling accuracy at 50 percent. He lands 6.07 significant strikes a minute while taking on 5.77. This ratio is slightly positive but has a high volume of strikes absorbed.
Williams has a takedown defense at 88 percent and a significant strike defense at 35 percent. He also averages 0.98 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Odds For This Event
The market has this battle leaning towards Williams as a slight favorite here. For the Moneyline, BetOnline has the odds currently set at:
- Gall: +142
- Williams: -162
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Both fighters have interesting resumes, with Gall taking over the ground while Williams is best on his feet. The market appears to favor Williams, but this is arguably closer than it seems.
Gall has the experience, versus only a few battles in the UFC like Williams has. Gall also dominates the ground but struggles against fighters that tend to lead by striking.
Overall, Williams appears to be a solid pick. Look for him to win the striking battle.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Williams wins via TKO, at -163
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