UFC Fight Night – Fight Island #2 Betting Preview and Free Play: Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Fiziev

by Tyler Vaysman | July 15, 2020 |

If you are seeking out something else to bet on or want a great opportunity, look no further than the next UFC event. There will be a lightweight main card bout between Marc Diakiese and Rafael Fiziev. 

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

The Fighters 

Marc Diakiese (14-3-0)

Diakiese has had a good resume so far into his career within the lightweight division. His fighting record shows that he has 6 wins by knockout, 7 by decision, and 1 by submission. 

“Bonecrusher” has a striking accuracy at 37 percent and a grappling accuracy of 36 percent. He lands 2.89 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.55. This is a solid ratio of significant strikes and somewhat conservative. 

He has a takedown defense at 63 percent and a significant strike defense at 57 percent. He also averages 2.23 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. 

Rafael Fiziev (7-1-0)

Fiziev looks to keep piling up his wins in the lightweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 5 wins by knockout, 1 by submission, and 1 by decision. 

“Ataman” will be trying his third fight since joining the UFC. As such, his stats have not been averaged down with other fights so the numbers might be a little inflated. He has a takedown defense at 100 percent and a significant strike defense at 55 percent. 

He has a striking accuracy of 50 percent and a grappling accuracy of 100 percent. He lands 4.08 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 3.96. This shows a little aggression in his hits but he also receives nearly the same amount. 

Odds For This Event 

The market has been back and forth on their thoughts on this one. Intertops has their odds currently set at:

Diakiese: -165

Fiziev: +130

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

Both of these fighters have great long term potential for success. However, is this fight’s odds justified?

Fiziev has shown to be able to stay aggressive and land a handful of significant strikes. But he also appears to receive nearly as many as he delivers. His defenses are also on the lower side, though he does have a high takedown defense. 

Diakiese shows a more conservative game but that does not mean he will not attack. He should be able to deliver great hits and defend well here. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Diakiese wins via decision 

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