Brad Tavares vs Edmen Shahbazyan UFC Predictions & Tips - 11/2/2019
Brad Tavares vs Edmen Shahbazyan
Madison Square Garden
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Brad Tavares will enter the Octagon against Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The odds have Tavares at +115 while Shahbazyan is at -135.
Brad Tavares looks to add a victory to his total of 17-6-0. The 31-year-old will fight at 185 lbs and measures in at 6' 1". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 74". Edmen "The Golden Boy" Shahbazyan measures 6' 2" and weighs in at 185 lbs. The orthodox fighter steps into the Octagon with a mark of 10-0-0. The 21-year-old has an arm span of 74". Regarding significant strikes, Brad Tavares connects on 3.02 per minute and Edmen Shahbazyan connects on 3.89 significant strikes per minute. Tavares is landing 40% of the significant strikes he attempts and Shahbazyan connects on 58%. In terms of defending in the Octagon, Tavares allows 2.73 significant strikes per min and "The Golden Boy" allows 2.29. Tavares also defends 55% of the significant strikes his opponents throw at him while Shahbazyan is able to stop 56% of the shots thrown in his direction.
When it comes to grappling, Brad Tavares is the not as competent as a grappler as he gets a takedown 1.04 times per 3 rounds. Tavares is taking his opponents to the canvas on 27% of his attempts and thwarting 77% of all takedown attempts. Shahbazyan is finishing his takedowns on 40% of his takedown tries and defending 75% of takedowns his opponents have attempted. Regarding submissions, Tavares is the less likely of the two fighters to go for the finish by attempting 0 submissions per 15 min while Shahbazyan looks to get 0.9 submissions per 3 rounds.
The last time he stepped into the Octagon, Brad Tavares squared up with Israel Adesanya and was defeated by way of unanimous decision in round 5. Adesanya landed 127 of 223 total strikes attempted in that fight. Tavares ended the night having landed 46 of 181 total strikes. Concerning significant strikes, Adesanya landed 119 of 215, which means his percentage was 55%. He finished the fight landing 61 of 144 significant strikes directed at the head. On the other side of the cage, Tavares landed 22% of his significant strikes by connecting on 40 of 174. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he connected on 34 of 163 aimed at the head. 83% of the significant strikes landed by Adesanya and 92% of them connected on by Tavares were thrown at distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Edmen Shahbazyan, he faced off with Jack Marshman and ended up winning this fight by way of rear naked choke in round 1. Shahbazyan ended up connecting on 23% of the significant strikes he attempted from distance. Shahbazyan landed 54% of his significant strikes attempted by connecting on 13 of 24. He ended up landing 11 of 22 significant strikes to the head. Marshman landed 0 of 7 significant strikes in that contest. When discussing total strikes that he let go, Marshman ended up connecting on 0 of 7 while Shahbazyan landed 13 of 24 of all the strikes he threw.
Other fights on the card to keep an eye on
One more match to look forward to is when Andrei Arlovski will enter the Octagon against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Arlovski steps into the cage holding a mark of 28-18-0. The 40-year-old weighs 240 lbs and stands in at 6' 3". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 77". Rozenstruik stands in at 6' 4" and records a weight of 242 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a win to his total of 8-0-0. The 31-year-old has an arm span of 78". In terms of takedowns, Andrei Arlovski gets his opposition to the mat 0.53 times per 3 rds while Jairzinho Rozenstruik gets a takedown 0 times per 15 min. In the striking category, Arlovski connects on 3.54 strikes per min and is landing 44% of his attempted strikes. On the other side of the cage you've got Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who tags the opposition on 74% of the strikes he attempts and is connecting on 3.80 per minute.
Another bout to watch is when Chance Rencountre is set to square up in the Octagon against Lyman Good. Good looks to add a win to his total of 20-5-0. The 34-year-old will fight at 170 lbs and stands 6' 0". The orthodox fighter has a reach of 74". Rencountre comes in at 6' 2" and will fight at 170 lbs. The southpaw fighter will be looking to add a victory to his career record of 14-3-0. The 32-year-old reaches 75". In terms of grappling, Lyman Good stops 72% of his opponents' takedown tries and is scoring a takedown on 100% of his attempts. Rencountre is finishing his takedowns on 28% of the tries he takes and defends against 16% of takedowns his opponents have tried. With reference to striking, Good takes 4.14 strikes/min while he deals 5.18 per min. Rencountre, in contrast, is taking 2.87 strikes per min and is connecting on 0.80 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Brad Tavares (+115)
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