UFC 251 Betting Preview and Free Play: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov

by Tyler Vaysman | July 7, 2020 |

UFC 251 will be full of surprises and definitely composed of great betting options. One fight to look out for is a welterweight bout between Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Muslim Salikhov. 

  • Date: Saturday , July 11, 7:00 PM
  • Venue: UFC Fight Island
  • Watch on: ESPN

The Fighters 

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (22-6-0)

Zaleski is steadily making his way up the welterweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 14 wins by knockout, 4 by decision, and 3 by submission. 

“Capoeira” has a striking accuracy at 41 percent and a fairly poor grappling accuracy at 15 percent. He lands 4.27 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.86. No complaints here, he has a very nice significant strike ratio. 

He has a takedown defense at 50 percent and a significant strike defense at 63 percent. He also averages 0.53 takedowns and 0.70 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Muslim Salikhov (16-2-0)

Salikhov has also been making some noise in the welterweight division. His fighting record shows him having 12 wins by knockout, 2 by submission, and 2 by decision. 

“King of Kung Fu” has a striking accuracy at 47 percent and nothing to show for a grappling accuracy. He lands 1.99 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 1.42. These are solid numbers here, but he is not very active in these regards. 

He has a takedown defense and significant strike defense both at 63 percent. He does not have much of anything for submission or takedown averages either per 15 minutes. 

Odds For This Event 

The market overall has this fight flopping back and forth making it a toss up. BetDSI has the odds currently placed at:

Zaleski: +102

Salikhov: -122

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

These two fighters look to make great strides in their careers if they keep doing what they do best. With this matchup, I believe the odds are a little off for this one. 

Salikhov has had some success with his striking accuracy and knockout power. However, he has had virtually no success at grappling or much use of a ground game. 

Zaleski on the other hand has some solid offensive numbers and a good significant strike ratio. His takedown defense is rather poor here but should not be an issue since Salikhov likes to keep the fight standing. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Zaleski wins via TKO 

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