Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker Expert UFC Picks - 11/2/2019
Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker
Madison Square Garden
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Corey Anderson will face off with Johnny Walker at UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The opening line has Anderson priced at +105 while Walker is priced at -128.
Corey "Overtime" Anderson comes into this fight with a record of 13-4-0. The 30-year-old will fight at 205 lbs and stands 6' 3". The orthodox fighter has a reach of 79". Johnny Walker measures 6' 5" and tips the scales at 205 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a victory to his total of 17-3-0. The 27-year-old extends his reach 82". Concerning significant strikes, Corey Anderson is landing 4.37 per minute while Johnny Walker is landing 5.73 significant strikes per min. Anderson connects on 46% of the significant strikes he throws while Walker is connecting on 69%. Concerning their defense in the cage, "Overtime" allows 2.20 significant strikes per min while Walker takes 3.26. Anderson also stops 59% of the significant strikes his opponents throw his way and Walker is able to defend against 29% of the shots thrown in his direction.
In the grappling category, Corey Anderson is the better grappler as he takes his opponents to the canvas 4.96 times per 3 rds. Anderson is scoring a takedown on 50% of his tries and defending 83% of all takedowns attempted by his opposition. Regarding going for the sub, Anderson is less apt at going for the finish by attempting 0 finishes per 3 rds while Walker looks to get 2.5 finishes per 3 rounds.
In his previous bout, Corey Anderson fought Ilir Latifi and wound up getting the win via unanimous decision in round 3. Latifi landed 34 of 79 total strikes that he threw in that contest. Anderson finished this fight landing 45 of 127 total strikes. In the significant strikes category, Latifi ended up landing 33 of 78, giving him a percentage of 42%. He ended up landing 23 of 66 significant strikes directed at the head. Statistically, Anderson ended up landing 33% of his significant strikes by connecting on 40 of 121. In terms of accuracy for the significant strikes, he connected on 24 of 93 aimed at the head. 69% of the significant strikes landed by Latifi and 95% of them landed by Anderson were tallied at a distance.
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In the last bout for Johnny Walker, he faced off with Misha Cirkunov and ended up winning this fight by a flying knee to the head in round 1. Cirkunov landed all of his significant strikes at distance and Walker landed 25% of the significant strikes he tried at a distance. Walker ended up landing 50% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 4 of 8. He landed 4 of 8 significant strikes directed at the head. Cirkunov landed 1 of 2 significant strikes in that contest. In terms of accuracy for the significant strikes, he connected on 0 of 1 directed at the head. Discussing total strikes that he let go in that contest, Cirkunov was 1 of 2 while Walker ended up connecting on 4 of 8 of all the strikes he threw.
Other bouts on the card to watch out for
One more match to look forward to is when Shane Burgos will square up with Makwan Amirkhani. Burgos looks to add a win to his career record of 12-1-0. The 28-year-old is weighing in at 145 lbs and measures 5' 11". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 75". Amirkhani measures 5' 10" and is fighting at 145 lbs. The southpaw fighter looks to add a victory to his record of 15-3-0. The 30-year-old has an arm span of 72". Regarding grappling, Shane Burgos is able to score a takedown 0.43 times per 15 min and Makwan Amirkhani is averaging a takedown 3.47 times per 3 rds. In the striking category, Burgos connects on 7.06 strikes per min and connects on 47% out of all the strikes he attempts. On the other side of the cage we have Makwan Amirkhani, who lands 47% of the strikes he has attempted and connects for an average of 1.62 per minute.
One more can't miss bout is when Edmen Shahbazyan is set to face off against Brad Tavares. 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". 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". When it comes to takedowns, Brad Tavares prevents 77% of the takedowns fighters have gone for and is getting his opponent to the mat on 27% of the times he tries. Shahbazyan is taking his opponents to the mat on 40% of the tries he takes and is able to prevent 75% of all takedown tries against him. In the category of striking, Tavares absorbs 2.73 strikes per min and he is dealing 3.02 strikes/minute. Shahbazyan, in contrast, is taking 2.29 strikes per min and deals 3.89 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Corey Anderson (+105)
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