Hunter Azure vs Brian Kelleher Predictions, Picks, UFC Fight Night 173 Odds
Hunter Azure vs Brian Kelleher
UFC Fight Night 173
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Hunter Azure will take on Brian Kelleher at UFC Fight Night 173 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The opening moneyline has Azure priced at -179 while Kelleher is priced at +151.
Hunter Azure walks into the Octagon with a mark of 8-0-0. The 28-year-old records a weight of 145 lbs and stands in at 5'8". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 69". Brian "Boom" Kelleher measures 5'6" and weighs in at 145 lbs. The switch fighter looks to add a win to his career total of 20-10-0. The 33-year-old has an arm span of 66". In terms of significant strikes, Hunter Azure connects on 4.00 per min while Brian Kelleher is connecting on 4.87 significant strikes per min. Azure is connecting on 50% of the significant strikes he attempts while Kelleher is connecting on 45%. When it comes to defending themselves, Azure takes 1.57 significant strikes per min and "Boom" takes 5.83. Azure also defends against 56% of the significant strikes his opponents throw his way while Kelleher is able to curb 54% of the shots thrown.
Regarding grappling, Hunter Azure is the more competent wrestler as he gets a takedown 2.00 times per 3 rds. Azure is taking his opponents to the canvas on 33% of his attempts and thwarting 75% of all takedown tries against him. Kelleher is finishing his takedowns on 29% of the takedowns he tries and stuffing 84% of the tries against him. When it comes to sub attempts, Azure is the more skilled technician by trying 2.5 submissions per 15 minutes while Kelleher goes for 0.9 submissions per 3 rds.
The last time he stepped into the Octagon, Hunter Azure fought Brad Katona and got a win for the night via unanimous decision in round 3. Katona ended up landing 40 of 83 of the strikes he let go in total for this contest. Azure walked away from this fight having landed 55 of 133 total strikes. In the category of significant strikes, Katona landed 21 of 60, which means his percentage was 35%. He landed 18 of 51 significant strikes directed at the head. On the other side, Azure ended up landing 34% of his significant strikes by landing 41 of 118. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he landed 25 of 91 to the head. 80% of the significant strikes connected on by Katona and 80% of them landed by Azure were done at a distance.
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In the last fight for Brian Kelleher, he squared up with Ode Osbourne and wound up getting the win by guillotine choke in round 1. Osbourne ended up landing 33% of the significant strikes he tried at a distance and Kelleher landed 42% of his significant strikes at distance. Kelleher landed 58% of his significant strikes attempted by connecting on 7 of 12. He landed 5 of 9 significant strikes to the head. Osbourne landed 9 of 14 significant strikes in that contest. Of those significant strikes, he connected on 9 of 14 directed at the head. Relating to the strikes he fired off in this contest, Osbourne landed 19 of 25 while Kelleher ended up connecting on 28 of 34 total strikes.
Other fights to keep an eye on
Another bout that you're not going to want to miss is when Sijara Eubanks squares up in the Octagon against Sarah Moras. Eubanks looks to add a victory to her total of 5-4-0. The 35-year-old is weighing in at 135 lbs and measures in at 5'4". The orthodox fighter reaches 67". Moras comes in at 5'7" and weighs 135 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a win to her total of 6-6-0. The 32-year-old extends her reach 67". When it comes to grappling, Sijara Eubanks takes her opponents to the mat 2.00 times per 15 min while Sarah Moras takes her opponents to the canvas 0.91 times per 3 rounds. Regarding striking, Eubanks connects for an average of 4.77 strikes per min and connects on 39% of her attempted strikes. Joining her in the Octagon is Sarah Moras, who is landing 41% of the strikes she has attempted and is landing 2.04 per minute.
If you're into fun fights, you're going to want to see when Glover Teixeira is set to encounter Anthony Smith. Smith holds a mark of 32-14-0. The 31-year-old tips the scales at 205 lbs and comes in at 6'4". The orthodox fighter reaches 76". Teixeira measures in at 6'2" and weighs 205 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a win to his career total of 30-7-0. The 40-year-old has a reach of 76". In terms of wrestling, Anthony Smith is able to thwart 51% of the takedowns his opponents go for and is taking his opponents to the mat on 26% of his attempts. Teixeira is finishing his takedown tries on 38% of his attempts and thwarts 60% of the takedowns his opponents try. In the category of striking, Smith absorbs 4.28 strikes/minute and he is dishing out 3.06 strikes per minute. Teixeira, on the other side, absorbs 3.84 strikes per minute and is dealing 3.41 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Brian Kelleher (+151)
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