Kicking off the next UFC event will definitely be one to set the tone. This bantamweight bout in the prelims will feature Said Nurmagomedov and Mark Striegl.
- Date: Saturday, October 17, 3:00 PM
- Venue: Flash Forum
- Watch on: ESPN+
Said Nurmagomedov (13-2-0)
Nurmagomedov is coming off of a decision loss back in December of 2019. His fighting resume shows that he has 3 wins by knockout, 3 by submission, and 7 by decision.
He has a striking accuracy at 44 percent and a grappling accuracy at 7 percent. He lands 4.22 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.34. This is a great ratio, as he strikes nearly double what he takes on.
Nurmagomedov has a takedown defense at 66 percent and a significant strike defense at 61 percent. He also averages 0.46 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Mark Striegl (18-2-0)
Striegl was coming off of a 4 fight win streak before his no contest back in April of 2019. His fighting resume shows that he has 14 wins by submission and 4 by decision.
“Mugen” will be attempting to make another debut in the UFC. His last fight was cancelled due to him having Covid-19. His opponent will be a tough first match.
However, his resume points to him being well versed on the ground and he has a lot of strength for his size. He will be interesting to watch for sure, since he has not faced consistent high level talent like the UFC offers.
Odds For This Event
The market is definitely favoring Nurmagomedov for this one. BookMaker has the odds currently placed at:
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Both of these fighters have put forth some very solid resumes. With that being said, can their odds be justified here?
Striegl is a known submission artist and will look to work on the ground as much as possible. However, he will be tested if the fight stays on the feet most of the time.
Nurmagomedov has not been aggressive on the ground as many would think. He has actually performed better on stand up, so he would need to utilize that in this fight.
Overall, Striegl makes this fight very interesting. However, Nurmagomedov looks slightly more appealing if he can keep the fight standing.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Nurmagomedov wins via decision
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