UFC Fight Night 136 Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
UFC Fight Night 136
Where/Venue: Olimpiyskiy Arena
Where/Location: Moscow, Russia
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 10:30 AM
The UFC returns on Saturday morning, September 15, 2018, from Moscow, Russia for UFC Fight Night 136. This card currently has 12 fights scheduled with the Main Event featuring Mark Hunt taking on Alexey Oleinik. Before we get into this week's breakdown, let's talk about last week at UFC 228. We had a tremendous week, cashing all 3 of our plays for a +6.5 unit night. We cashed out very nicely and are looking to come back strong again this week at UFC Fight Night 136.
OK, enough of the small talk, let's jump into the UFC Fight Night 136 event.
UFC Fight Night 136 Fight Card
(All fight odds are as of 9/13/2018 and are the best available at our preferred online sportsbooks)
Mark Hunt 13-12-1 (-166) vs. Alexey Oleinik 56-11-1 (+153)
Nikita Krylov 25-5 (-120) vs. Jan Blachowicz 22-7 (+113)
Andrei Arlovski 27-16 (+112) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov 18-4 (-122)
Thiago Alves 22-12 (+431) vs. Alexey Kunchenko 18-0 (-500)
C.B. Dollaway 17-8 (+140) vs. Khalid Murtazaliev 13-2 (-147)
Petr Yan 9-1 (-700) vs. Jin Soo Son 9-2 (+645)
Rustam Khabilov 22-3 (-700) vs. Kajan Johnson 23-12-1 (+559)
Mairbek Taisumov 26-5 (-410) vs. Des Green 21-7 (+389)
Magomed Ankalaev 10-1 (-427) vs. Marcin Prachnio 13-3 (+363)
Adam Yandiev 9-0 (+216) vs. Jordan Johnson 9-0 (-241)
Ramazan Emeev 17-3 (-500) vs. Stefan Sekulic 12-2 (+449)
Merab Dvalishvili 7-4 (-495) vs. Terrion Ware 17-7 (+444)
UFC Fight Night 136 Handicapping
Nikita Krylov vs. Jan Blachowicz
The first fight we have handicapped for UFC Fight Night 136 is in the Light-Heavyweight Division between Nikita Krylov and Jan Blachowicz. This fight is slated for three, 5-minute rounds.
Nikita Krylov is 25-5 and will be making his return to the octagon on Saturday afternoon. Krylov left the UFC back in 2016 and went to fight in his home country of Ukraine and Russia. Since leaving the UFC, Krylov has gone 4-0 and has finished all 4 of his opponents. Krylov most recently fought UFC veteran Fabio Maldonado and KO’d him in the 2nd round. Krylov has also finished former Bellator Light-Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton in the 1st round by KO.
Jan Blachowicz is 22-7 overall and is riding a 3 fight win streak. Blachowicz is coming off a win over former top 5 contender Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 127 in March 2018, where he won a 3 round unanimous decision. Blachowicz is a tough, gritty fighter that will gladly stand toe and toe with Krylov.
Krylov is a really high-level striker and will be looking for a finish early on in this fight. Blachowicz is really difficult to finish but he does take a lot of punishment in fights. Krylov is 9 years younger than Blachowicz and will have a 1-inch height advantage in the fight. I think Krylov makes an impressive return to the octagon and starts a title run on Saturday afternoon, after finishing Blachowicz in the second round.
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C.B. Dollaway vs. Khalid Murtazaliev
The other fight that we are excited about this week is CB Dollaway taking on Khalid Murtazaliev. This fight will be scheduled for three 5-minute rounds in the Middleweight Division.
CB Dollaway enters this fight with a 17-8 record and is fresh off a win over Hector Lombard. Many people, including myself, feel that Dollaway sort of cheated the system by claiming he couldn't continue after Lombard unintentionally struck Dollaway after the bell had sounded. Now, let me say this, the strick was illegal but wasn't intentional and Dollaway knew he would get the win if he claimed he couldn't continue.
I've never really been impressed with Dollaway, as I think he has no heart. Once he gets hit, he collapses and looks for ways out of the fight. Look at fights against Lombard, Nate Marquardt or Lyoto Machida and it's obvious he doesn't like to get hit and when he does get hit, he goes on the defense, looking for ways out of the fight.
Khalid Murtazaliev is 13-2 and will be making his UFC debut. Murtazaliev is riding a 2 fight win streak at the Russian regional level over what I consider to be mediocre competition. This is a steep step up in competition for Murtazaliev but he has a good opponent to make the UFC debut, as Dollaway will crumble when hit. Murtazaliev has finished 92% of his opponents by KO, which tells me he has heavy hands and has knockout power.
The oddsmakers have set the round total in this fight at 2.5 rounds. I truly don't think this fight makes it out of the first round, more less making it to the 3rd round of the fight. Dollaway will crumble once he is hit by Murtazaliev and start looking for his way out of the fight. No chance this fight goes to 2.5 round! Play the under here!