Andre Fili vs Sodiq Yusuff UFC Picks & Predictions - 1/18/2020
Andre Fili vs Sodiq Yusuff
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Andre Fili will face off with Sodiq Yusuff at UFC 246 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The opener has Fili at +115 while Yusuff is at -135.
Andre "Touchy" Fili comes into this fight with a record of 20-6-0. The 29-year-old weighs in at 145 lbs and measures 5' 11". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 74". Sodiq "Super" Yusuff measures 5' 9" and weighs 145 lbs. The orthodox fighter walks into the cage with a mark of 10-1-0. The 26-year-old has a reach of 71". When talking about significant strikes, Andre Fili is landing 4.08 per min while Sodiq Yusuff is connecting on 6.61 significant strikes per minute. Fili connects on 37% of the significant strikes he tries while Yusuff lands 49%. When it comes to defending in the Octagon, "Touchy" absorbs 3.86 significant strikes per min while "Super" allows 4.39. Fili also prevents 53% of the significant strikes his opponents throw at him and Yusuff defends against 54% of the shots thrown in his direction.
When it comes to wrestling, Andre Fili is averaging more takedowns in the cage as he is averaging a takedown 2.44 times per 15 min. Fili is getting his opponent to the mat on 46% of his tries and defending 69% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. Yusuff is finishing his takedowns on 10% of the takedowns he attempts and is stopping 95% of takedowns his opponents have attempted. Regarding going for the sub, Fili is the more experienced submission fighter by attempting 0.5 finishes per 15 minutes while Yusuff goes for 0.2 finishes per 3 rounds.
In his previous bout, Andre Fili went up against Sheymon Moraes and ended up winning this fight via a punch to the head in round 1. Moraes landed 11 of 22 total strikes attempted in that fight. Fili walked away from this fight having landed 20 of 58 total strikes. When it comes to significant strikes, Moraes landed 11 of 22, which gave him a rate of 50%. He landed 2 of 11 significant strikes to the head. On the other side, Fili ended up landing 34% of his significant strikes by connecting on 19 of 55. Out of those significant strikes, he connected on 16 of 50 pointed at the head. 100% of the significant strikes landed by Moraes and 78% of them landed by Fili were tallied at a distance.
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In the last fight for Sodiq Yusuff, he battled Gabriel Benitez and ended up getting the victory in the fight by way of a punch to the head in round 1. Benitez ended up connecting on all of the significant strikes he attempted at distance and Yusuff ended up landing 88% of the significant strikes he attempted at distance. Yusuff ended up landing 43% of the significant strikes he attempted by landing 34 of 79. He ended up connecting on 25 of 70 significant strikes directed at the head. Benitez connected on 24 of 72 significant strikes in that contest. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he landed 11 of 55 directed at the head. Regarding total strikes attempted in that fight, Benitez ended up connecting on 24 of 72 and Yusuff ended up connecting on 34 of 79 of the strikes he threw in total.
Other fights on the card to watch out for
Another fight that you're going to want to watch is when Drew Dober opposes Nasrat Haqparast. Dober has a career mark of 21-9-0. The 31-year-old weighs 155 lbs and stands 5' 8". The southpaw fighter has a reach of 70". Haqparast measures 5' 10" and is weighing in at 155 lbs. The southpaw fighter holds a mark of 11-2-0. The 24-year-old stretches 72". Regarding grappling, Drew Dober takes his opponents down 0.96 times per 15 minutes while Nasrat Haqparast scores a takedown 0.30 times per 15 min. In the striking category, Dober is connecting on 4.44 strikes per minute and connecting on 39% out of all the strikes he attempts. The other fighter in this bout is Nasrat Haqparast, who tags the opposition on 46% of the strikes he has attempted and lands an average of 5.24 per minute.
One more can't miss bout is when Grant Dawson is set to encounter Chas Skelly. Skelly looks to add a victory to his career record of 18-4-0. The 34-year-old weighs 145 lbs and measures in at 5' 11". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 72". Dawson comes in at 5' 10" and steps on the scale at 145 lbs. The switch fighter looks to add a win to his record of 14-1-0. The 25-year-old has a reach of 72". Concerning wrestling, Chas Skelly deflects 33% of the takedowns his opponents attempt and is taking his opponents to the canvas on 34% of his attempts. Dawson is taking his opponents down on 45% of his attempts and prevents 50% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. In the category of striking, Skelly is absorbing 3.35 strikes per min while he lands 2.02 strikes/minute. Dawson, on the other side, is absorbing 2.51 strikes/minute and dishes out 3.76 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Sodiq Yusuff (-135)
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