UFC Fight Night APEX Vegas #6 Betting Preview and Free Play: Darren Stewart vs. Maki Pitolo

by Tyler Vaysman | August 5, 2020 |

This next UFC event has a great lineup of fights, with even better opportunities for sports bettors. One fight to check on is the middleweight bout on the main card between Maki Pitolo and Darren Stewart. 

  • Date: Saturday, August 8, 8:00 PM
  • Venue: UFC APEX
  • Watch on: ESPN+

The Fighters 

Maki Pitolo (13-5-0)

Pitolo has been working hard in the middleweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 7 wins by knockout, 3 by submission, and 3 by decision. 

“Coconut Bombz” has a striking accuracy at 42 percent and a grappling accuracy at 60 percent. He lands 4.20 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.21. This ratio is on a good pace but he needs to defend better if he wants this ratio to improve. 

Pitolo has a takedown defense at 33 percent and a significant strike defense at 51 percent. He also averages 2.13 takedowns and 0.71 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Darren Stewart (11-5-0)

Stewart has been showing great progress in the middleweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 7 wins by knockout and 4 wins by decision. 

“The Dentist“ has a striking accuracy at 44 percent and a grappling accuracy at 41 percent. He lands 2.96 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.67. This ratio is a decent 1 to 1, but could improve on either side of things. 

Stewart has a takedown defense at 64 percent and a significant strike defense at 53 percent. He also averages 1.84 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. 

Odds For This Event 

The market has had a few ups and downs for this matchup. BetDSI has the odds currently placed at:

Pitolo: +136

Stewart: -164

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

Both of these fighters present an excellent example of a great matchup. They both have similarities in their fight game and this should present and all out fight. 

Pitolo has a lot of positivity in his offense. However, he has a very low takedown defense that could become an issue with this matchup. He also has higher significant strikes absorbed in a minute compared to Stewart. 

Stewart also has some good positive offensive numbers and slightly better defenses than Pitolo. Due to this, he should be able to wear down Pitolo for a decision or a tko victory. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Stewart wins via decision 

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