Muslim Salikhov vs Laureano Staropoli UFC Picks & Predictions - 10/26/2019
Muslim Salikhov vs Laureano Staropoli
UFC Fight Night 162
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Muslim Salikhov will take on Laureano Staropoli at UFC Fight Night 162 in Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The opening moneyline has Salikhov priced at -145 while Staropoli is at +125.
Muslim "King of Kung Fu" Salikhov looks to add a win to his career record of 15-2-0. The 35-year-old will fight at 170 lbs and measures in at 5' 11". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 70". Laureano "Pepi" Staropoli stands 6' 1" and tips the scales at 170 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a win to his career record of 9-1-0. The 26-year-old has an arm span of 71". When talking about significant strikes, Muslim Salikhov lands 2.05 per minute while Laureano Staropoli is connecting on 5.03 significant strikes per minute. Salikhov is connecting on 45% of the significant strikes he throws while Staropoli lands 31%. When it comes to defending in the Octagon, "King of Kung Fu" takes 1.41 significant strikes per min while "Pepi" allows 4.23. Salikhov also curbs 67% of the significant strikes that are directed at him while Staropoli is able to deflect 59% of the strikes thrown in his direction.
Concerning grappling, Muslim Salikhov is not as efficient of a wrestler as he takes his opponents down 0 times per 15 minutes. Salikhov is thwarting 62% of all takedown attempts. Staropoli is taking his opponents to the canvas on 100% of his takedown tries and is defending 66% of takedowns his opponents have attempted. Regarding going for the sub, Salikhov is the more capable of the two fighters by going for 0.3 submissions per 15 minutes while Staropoli attempts 0 submissions per 15 minutes.
The last time he stepped into the Octagon, Muslim Salikhov faced Nordine Taleb and took home the victory via a punch to the head in round 1. Taleb landed 6 of 26 total strikes that he let go in that contest. Salikhov walked away from this fight having landed 10 of 23 total strikes. Concerning significant strikes, Taleb ended up landing 6 of 26, which gave him a percentage of 23%. He landed 3 of 16 significant strikes directed at the head. On the other side, Salikhov ended up landing 43% of the significant strikes he threw by landing 10 of 23. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he was 1 of 10 pointed at the head. All of the significant strikes connected on by both fighters were thrown at a distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Laureano Staropoli, he went up against Thiago Alves and wound up getting the victory by way of unanimous decision in round 3. Alves landed 93% of the significant strikes he attempted at distance while Staropoli ended up connecting on 98% of his significant strikes at distance. Staropoli connected on 26% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 54 of 202. He ended up connecting on 37 of 167 significant strikes aimed at the head. Alves ended up landing 58 of 147 significant strikes in that fight. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he landed 27 of 107 directed at the head. In relation to total strikes that he let go in that contest, Alves ended up connecting on 59 of 148 while Staropoli was 57 of 205 total strikes.
Other fights on the card to keep an eye on
An additional bout that shouldn't be missed is when Raphael Pessoa will battle Jeff Hughes. Pessoa steps into the Octagon holding a record of 9-1-0. The 30-year-old weighs 262 lbs and measures 6' 3". The orthodox fighter has a reach of 78". Hughes stands 6' 2" and records a weight of 250 lbs. The orthodox fighter holds a career record of 10-2-0. The 31-year-old extends his reach 77". In the grappling category, Raphael Pessoa gets his opposition to the mat 0 times per 15 minutes and Jeff Hughes is able to score a takedown 1.28 times per 3 rds. When it comes to striking, Pessoa lands an average of 1.67 strikes/min and connecting on 17% of the strikes that he throws. The other guy in this fight is Jeff Hughes, who tags the opposition on 53% of his attempted strikes and lands an average of 5.66 per minute.
Another bout to watch is when Rafael Fiziev is set to enter the Octagon against Alex White. White steps into the Octagon holding a record of 13-5-0. The 30-year-old records a weight of 155 lbs and comes in at 6' 0". The southpaw fighter has a reach of 71". Fiziev comes in at 5' 8" and will fight at 155 lbs. The switch fighter will be looking to add a win to his total of 6-1-0. The 26-year-old has a reach of 71". Regarding wrestling, Alex White is able to defend against 72% of the takedowns fighters have attempted and is scoring a takedown on 50% of his tries. Fiziev is taking his opponents down on 0% of the tries he takes and is able to prevent 0% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. In the category of striking, White is taking 2.87 strikes per minute while he is dealing 3.77 per minute. Fiziev, at the same time, is absorbing 6.98 strikes per minute and deals 0.70 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Laureano Staropoli (+125)
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