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UFC Fight Night APEX Betting Preview and Free Play: Jamall Emmers vs. Timur Valiev

by Tyler Vaysman | July 28, 2020 |

The upcoming UFC event has a hard to pass up prelim bout for your betting and viewer experience. This featherweight battle will be between Jamall Emmers and Timur Valiev. 

  • Date: Saturday, August 1, 5:00 PM
  • Venue: UFC APEX
  • Watch on: ESPN+

The Fighters 

Jamall Emmers (17-5-0)

Emmers has made his way into the featherweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 7 wins by knockout, 3 by submission, and 7 by decision. 

Pretty Boy” has a striking accuracy at 52 percent and a grappling accuracy at 33 percent. He lands 4.96 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 4.35. This ratio is not bad but he needs to start defending better here. 

He has a takedown defense at 100 percent and a significant strike defense at 58 percent. He also averages 1.42 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. 

Timur Valiev (16-2-0)

Valiev will be making his octagon debut for the UFC with this fight. His fighting record shows that he has 5 wins by knockout, 2 by submission, and 9 by decision. 

Since he does not have any stats yet for the UFC, we can look at a few other things. For reference, his record will give us a few ideas towards his tendencies among other things. 

He is currently on a 6 fight win streak. Of those 6 fights, 4 of them were decision victories for him. Needless to say, he is a fighter that likes to go the distance. 

Odds For This Event 

The market has gone a little up and down for this one but it has been mostly the same lines. Intertops has the odds currently placed at:


Valiev: -175

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

These two fighters have a great matchup and a potential long term success on their hands. With both of them being newer to the UFC, can these odds be justified?

At first, Emmers was very appealing for this pick. He has some solid numbers and looks to be on the right track. However, Valiev seems to be the better fighter. 

Valiev has only lost twice, both by decision. He takes his time with his fights and does not get in any hurry. He can win from any situation to get the job done, and looks to wear down his opponents on the ground. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Valiev wins via decision 

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