Gabriel Benitez vs Sodiq Yusuff UFC Point Spread Picks - 8/17/2019
Gabriel Benitez vs Sodiq Yusuff
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Gabriel "Moggly" Benitez (21-7-0) is slated to take on Sodiq "Super" Yusuff (9-1-0) at UFC 241 in Honda Center on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The opening line has Benitez priced at +265 while Yusuff comes in at -350.
Gabriel "Moggly" Benitez puts it on the line with 21 wins and 7 losses. The Tijuana, BC native is 31 years old, steps on the scale at 145 lbs and measures in at 5'8" tall. He has a 71.0" reach and fights in the featherweight division. Benitez has a total of 7 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Most recently, Benitez stepped out of the Octagon with a victory in the first round against Humberto Bandenay by stoppage. In the featherweight division, he is 31st in strikes with 346 and 230th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Gabriel Benitez sits at 335th among athletes in the UFC and 40th in the featherweight division connecting on 47.5% of the strikes he has thrown. He sits at 25th out of all the athletes in the division and 197th among athletes in the UFC for significant strikes with 278. Of those significant strikes, 153 of them were aimed at the head while 68 of them were directed at the midsection which puts him at 34th and 16th respectively out of all the athletes in the division.
At UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega, he stepped out of the Octagon with a victory via unanimous decision in the 3rd round when he squared up with Jason Knight. In the fight before that, Benitez was defeated in the 3rd round when he squared up with Enrique Barzola at UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos by unanimous decision.
Ready to square off for this fight, Sodiq "Super" Yusuff has a total of 9 wins and 1 loss. The 26-year-old out of Bladensburg, MD measures 5'9" tall and steps on the scale at 145 lbs. The Team Lloyd Irvin fighter competes in the featherweight division and has a 71.0" reach. He has obtained a total of 1 fight in the UFC. Sodiq Yusuff walked away with the victory by unanimous decision when he squared up with Sheymon Da Silva Moraes in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night - Philadelphia 2019. When talking about strikes, Yusuff is 456th out of all fighters in the UFC and 63rd among division fighters with 44.
When talking about strike accuracy, he is landing 66.7% of the shots he's attempted which ranks him 4th in the featherweight division and 37th among UFC fighters. With 23 significant strikes, he is sitting at 461st among UFC fighters and 63rd among division fighters. Yusuff is sitting at 63rd among division fighters for significant strikes pointed at the body with 4 and 63rd for significant strikes directed at the head with 18. At UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Tuivasa, he walked away with the victory via stoppage in the first round when he squared up with Suman Mokhtarian. Before that, Yusuff walked away with the victory in round 3 when he squared up with Mike Davis at DWTNCS Season 2, Week 6 by unanimous decision.
In this fight between Gabriel Benitez and Sodiq Yusuff, it's important to know how the two fighters compare. Sodiq Yusuff lands punches more consistently, while landing 66.7% of his strikes so Gabriel Benitez is going to want to want to be on the lookout for big shots. In the case of their physical qualities, let us start by looking at Gabriel Benitez who is 5'8" while the opponent on the other side of the cage is 5'9". In the case of reach, Benitez stretches 72.0" while Yusuff has a fingertip to fingertip measurement of 71.0" meaning Benitez would be wise to create space so Sodiq Yusuff will have to fight out of his comfort zone. Benitez is the older of the two fighters at 31 years old while Yusuff is the younger fighter in this matchup at 26 years old. In terms of experience in the UFC, Benitez has 7 fights which makes him the veteran relating to this fight while Yusuff has compiled a total of 1 fight in the Octagon. Concerning overall MMA experience, Benitez has 21 wins and 7 losses while Sodiq Yusuff has an overall professional fight record of 9 wins and 1 loss.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Gabriel Benitez (+265)
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