UFC Fight Night – Fight Island #2 Betting Preview and Free Play: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov

by Tyler Vaysman | July 15, 2020 |

Heading into the next UFC Fight Night event, there are betting opportunities aplenty. One fight to take a look at on the main card is between two Flyweights in Alexandre Pantoja and Askar Askarov.  

  • Date: Saturday, July 18, 7:00 PM
  • Venue: Flash Forum
  • Watch on: ESPN+

The Fighters 

Alexandre Pantoja (22-4-0)

Pantoja is making strong moves and is currently ranked 4th in the flyweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 8 wins by knockout, 8 by decision, and 6 by decision. 

“The Cannibal” has a striking accuracy at 47 percent and a grappling accuracy of 35 percent. He lands 4.58 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.53. This is a solid ratio here, with a little more work to go on defending. 

He has a takedown defense at 61 percent and a significant strike defense at 57 percent. He also averages 1.10 takedowns and 1.28 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Askar Askarov (11-0-1)

Askarov is also working his way up the flyweight division, currently ranked at 7th best. His fighting resume shows that he has 3 wins by knockout, 7 by submission, and 1 by decision.  

“Bullet” has a striking accuracy at 48 percent and a grappling accuracy of 22 percent. He lands 3.43 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.70. These are also solid numbers here. 

He has a takedown defense at 67 percent and a significant strike defense at 58 percent. He also averages 2 takedowns every 15 minutes of fighting time. 

Odds For This Event 

The market has been consistent with their views on this fight. BetOnline has the odds currently placed at:

Pantoja: -200

Askarov: +170

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

Both of these fighters are climbing their way up the flyweight division. They both are looking to prove themselves, so the motivation is there. This should be an excellent fight to watch, but are the odds justified?

Askarov has some solid offensive and defensive numbers. However, he has some lower defenses than needed here, and could present an opportunity for Pantoja. 

Pantoja has some moderate defenses but shines offensively. He has shown to have a great stand up. However, his significant strike ratio could appear reckless at times. 

Overall, I like Pantoja for this fight. He should be able to handle Askarov here with solid stand up fighting and some ground game. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Pantoja wins via decision 

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