Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov UFC Point Spread Picks - 9/7/2019
Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Curtis "Razor" Blaydes (11-2-0) is slated to take on Shamil "Abrek" Abdurakhimov (20-4-0) at UFC 242 in The Arena on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The opening line has Blaydes priced at -333 while Abdurakhimov comes in at +257.
Curtis "Razor" Blaydes steps into the cage with 11 wins and 2 losses. The Chicago, IL standout is 28 years old, steps on the scale at 262 lbs and stands 6'4" tall. He has a 80.0" reach and fights in the heavyweight division. Blaydes has a total of 8 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his last time out, Blaydes stepped out of the Octagon with a victory in the third round against Justin Willis by unanimous decision. In the heavyweight division, he is 11th in strikes with 545 and 144th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Curtis Blaydes is sitting at 100th among fighters in the UFC and 13th in the heavyweight division connecting on 61.0% of the shots he's taken. He also has a total of 33 takedowns which ranks 33rd among fighters in the UFC and 3rd in the heavyweight division. Blaydes completes 55.9% of his takedown tries which ranks 88th among fighters in the UFC and 10th out of all his fighters in his division. He is sitting at 13th out of all his fighters in his division and 183rd among fighters in the UFC for significant strikes with 306. Of those significant strikes, 220 of them were aimed at the head while 45 of them were directed at the midsection which ranks 13th and 14th respectively out of all his fighters in his division.
At UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2, he lost via KO/TKO in the first round when he fought Francis Ngannou. In the fight before that, Blaydes stepped out of the Octagon with a victory in the third round when he fought Alistair Overeem at UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 by KO/TKO.
Stepping into the cage for this matchup, Shamil "Abrek" Abdurakhimov has a total of 20 wins and 4 losses. The 37-year-old out of Dagestan, Russia measures 6'3" tall and weighs 235 lbs. The Russia fighter competes in the heavyweight division and has a 76.0" reach. He has obtained a total of 6 fights in the UFC. Shamil Abdurakhimov stepped out of the ring with a win by unanimous decision when he squared up with Marcin Tybura in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik. With regard to strikes, Abdurakhimov is 249th out of all fighters in the UFC and 18th out of all his athletes in his division with 302.
With regard to strike accuracy, he is landing 58.3% of the strikes he's attempted which ranks him 17th in the heavyweight division and 141st among UFC fighters. In addition, Abdurakhimov ranks 11th in the heavyweight division and 197th among UFC fighters with a total of 7 takedowns. Ranking 30th out of all his athletes in his division and 353rd among UFC fighters, Abdurakhimov finishes 26.9% of his takedown tries. With 171 significant strikes, he ranks 289th among UFC fighters and 19th out of all his athletes in his division. Abdurakhimov ranks 21st out of all his athletes in his division for significant strikes aimed at the body with 27 and 19th for significant strikes directed at the head with 104. At UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik, he stepped out of the ring with a win via unanimous decision in round 3 when he squared up with Andrei Arlovski. In the fight before that, Abdurakhimov stepped out of the ring with a win in round 1 when he squared up with Chase Sherman at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum by KO/TKO.
In this matchup with Curtis Blaydes and Shamil Abdurakhimov, it is a good idea to know how these two fighters measure up to each other. Curtis Blaydes is consistently landing more punches, landing 61.0% of his strikes telling us Shamil Abdurakhimov is going to want to look to avoid going shot for shot. In terms of their physical qualities, we should first take a look at Curtis Blaydes who is 6'4" and the fighter standing opposite the Octagon stands 6'3". In terms of reach, Blaydes measures 80.0" while Abdurakhimov has a reach of 76.0" meaning Blaydes will look to create distance so Shamil Abdurakhimov will have to fight out of his comfort zone. Blaydes is the younger fighter in this matchup at 28 years of age while Abdurakhimov is the older of the two fighters at 37 years of age. When talking about UFC experience, Blaydes has 8 fights which makes him the veteran concerning this fight while Abdurakhimov has a total of 6 fights in the Octagon. When it comes to overall experience in MMA, Blaydes has 11 victories and 2 defeats while Shamil Abdurakhimov holds an overall mixed martial arts record 20 victories and 4 defeats.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Shamil Abdurakhimov (+257)
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