The next UFC fight night event has a lightweight bout in the prelims that you should take a look at. This battle will be between Nasrat Haqparast as he takes on the newcomer Alex Munoz.
- Date: Saturday, August 8, 5:00 PM
- Venue: UFC APEX
- Watch on: ESPN+
Nasrat Haqparast (11-3-0)
Haqparast has had no pressure with his success so far in the lightweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 9 wins by knockout and 2 by decision.
He has a striking accuracy at 47 percent and a grappling accuracy at 25 percent. He lands 5.24 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.20. This is a great ratio but it would be much better if he could defend more.
Haqparast has a takedown defense at 79 percent and a significant strike defense at 75 percent. He also averages 0.30 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Alex Munoz (6-0-0)
Munoz will be making his UFC lightweight debut for this fight. His fighting resume shows that he has 2 wins by knockout, 1 by submission, and 3 by decision.
Since he does not have any UFC fights, there are not any updates for his stats to go by. So, we will need to look at his resume to get an idea of some of his tendencies.
His last 3 fights have ended in decision victories. He has not had a knockout or submission victory since late 2015 and early 2016. His fights have been a mix of early finishes or full round decisions.
Odds For This Event
The market is taking a heavy liking to Haqparast for this matchup. Intertops has the odds currently placed at:
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Both of these fighters present a great matchup on paper. They both have some potential to long term success, but are the odds correct here for the outcome?
Munoz has shown to have a very quick reaction to submission and knockout victories. He has a few first round finishes in under 30 seconds of fight time. However, can he defend well against Haqparast or counter with more strikes than him?
I like Haqparast for this one. He should be able to get a feel for Munoz in the first round and potentially finish him off in the second round with punches.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Haqparast wins via tko
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