SeungWoo Choi vs Suman Mokhtarian UFC Point Spread Picks - 12/21/2019
SeungWoo Choi vs Suman Mokhtarian
UFC Fight Night 165
Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea
Saturday, December 21, 2019
SeungWoo Choi will enter the Octagon against Suman Mokhtarian at UFC Fight Night 165 in Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The odds have Choi at -275 while Mokhtarian is at +200.
SeungWoo "Sting" Choi will be looking to add a win to his career record of 7-3-0. The 27-year-old steps on the scale at 145 lbs and measures 6' 0". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 74". Suman Choi Mokhtarian measures in at 5' 10" and weighs 145 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a win to his career total of 8-1-0. The 27-year-old has a reach of 67". Concerning significant strikes, SeungWoo Choi is landing 1.73 per minute while Suman Mokhtarian is landing 2.24 significant strikes per minute. Choi connects on 31% of the significant strikes he attempts and Mokhtarian is connecting on 55%. In terms of defending in the Octagon, "Sting" absorbs 3.08 significant strikes per minute and Choi allows 10.30. Choi also thwarts 37% of the significant strikes his opponents throw at him while Mokhtarian is able to thwart 46% of the strikes thrown his way.
Regarding grappling, SeungWoo Choi is the more competent wrestler as he takes his opponents down 1.06 times per 3 rounds. Choi is getting his opponent to the mat on 50% of his tries and stopping 65% of all takedown tries against him. Mokhtarian is getting his opponent to the mat on 10% of the takedowns he attempts and stopping 20% of takedowns his opponents have attempted. Regarding going for the sub, Choi is the less likely of the two fighters to go for the finish by going for 0.4 subs per 3 rds while Mokhtarian tries 0.7 subs per 15 minutes.
In his previous bout, SeungWoo Choi went up against Gavin Tucker and took a loss on the night via rear naked choke in round 3. Tucker landed 49 of 77 total strikes that he let go in that contest. Choi finished this fight landing 42 of 116 total strikes. When it comes to significant strikes, Tucker landed 37 of 62, which gave him a rate of 59%. He landed 21 of 40 significant strikes to the head. On the other side of the cage, Choi landed 23% of his significant strikes by sticking 23 of 96. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he was 11 of 74 aimed at the head. 64% of the significant strikes connected on by Tucker and 56% of them connected on by Choi were done at a distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Suman Mokhtarian, he fought Sodiq Yusuff and ended up losing the fight by way of a punch to the head in round 1. Yusuff connected on 82% of the significant strikes he attempted at distance and Mokhtarian landed 60% of his significant strikes at distance. Mokhtarian landed 55% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 5 of 9. He landed 1 of 5 significant strikes aimed at the head. Yusuff landed 23 of 43 significant strikes in that contest. Looking at the significant strike accuracy, he ended up connecting on 18 of 38 directed at the head. Relating to the total strikes thrown in this fight, Yusuff connected on 44 of 66 and Mokhtarian was 6 of 10 total strikes.
Other fights on the card to keep an eye on
Another bout that you're not going to want to miss is when Alexandre Pantoja squares up against Matt Schnell. Pantoja looks to add a win to his total of 21-4-0. The 29-year-old tips the scales at 125 lbs and measures in at 5' 5". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 67". Schnell stands in at 5' 8" and weighs 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter holds a mark of 14-4-0. The 29-year-old extends his reach 70". In terms of takedowns, Alexandre Pantoja is able to score a takedown 0.96 times per 3 rds and Matt Schnell is averaging a takedown 0.70 times per 15 minutes. In terms of striking, Pantoja tags his opponents 4.40 strikes per min and is connecting on 46% out of all the strikes he attempts. On the other side of the cage you've got Matt Schnell, who is landing 34% of the strikes he has attempted and connects for an average of 3.64 per minute.
If you're into fun fights, you're going to want to see when Said Nurmagomedov is set to face off against Raoni Barcelos. Barcelos steps into the Octagon with a mark of 14-1-0. The 32-year-old is fighting at 135 lbs and stands 5' 7". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 67". Nurmagomedov measures 5' 8" and is weighing in at 135 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a victory to his career record of 13-1-0. The 27-year-old has a wingspan of 70". In the category of takedowns, Raoni Barcelos is stopping 75% of the takedowns fighters have gone for and is taking his opponents to the canvas on 71% of his attempts. Nurmagomedov is taking his opponents to the mat on 9% of the tries he takes and is able to deflect 90% of takedowns his opponents have tried. In the category of striking, Barcelos absorbs 4.85 strikes per min and he deals 5.77 strikes per min. Nurmagomedov, notwithstanding, is absorbing 1.95 strikes per min and is connecting on 4.69 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Suman Mokhtarian (+200)
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