UFC bettors have a lot to look forward to with the next event. The main card has a great fight to pay attention to, specifically the bantamweight bout between John Dodson and Merab Dvalishvili.
- Date: Saturday, August 15, 9:00 PM
- Venue: UFC APEX
- Watch on: PPV
John Dodson (22-11-0)
Dodson is currently ranked the 12th best fighter in the bantamweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 10 wins by knockout, 2 by submission, and 9 by decision.
“The Magician” has a striking accuracy at 41 percent.l and a grappling accuracy at 28 percent. He lands 3.30 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.59. This ratio is just slightly on the negative side and he needs to defend better going forward.
Dodson has a takedown defense at 80 percent and a significant strike defense at 61 percent. Per 15 minutes of fight time, he also averages 0.76 takedowns.
Merab Dvalishvili (11-4-0)
Dvalishvili is currently ranked the 15th best fighter in the bantamweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 2 wins by knockout, 1 by submission, and 8 by decision.
“The Machine” has a striking accuracy at 39 percent and a grappling accuracy at 50 percent. He lands 4.01 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.12. This is a very solid ratio, as he has a great pace and defends well.
Dvalishvili has a takedown defense at 80 percent and a significant strike defense at 59 percent. He also averages a very aggressive 8.67 takedowns and 0.30 submissions every 15 minutes.
Odds For This Event
The market has a fairly consistent opinion on the odds for this one. BetOnline has the odds currently placed at:
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Both of these fighters have positive similarities in their fighting resumes and look to put on a show. However, are the odds justified here?
Dodson has a variety of wins in multiple categories and has some solid offensive numbers. However, his defense would be in question against a solid striker.
Dvalishvili has the better stats when looking at most of his resume. However, he has led a lot of fights to decision when he probably could have capitalized on them. Overall, I still like Dvalishvili for the win here.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Dvalishvili wins via decision
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