Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris Pick, 10/24/2020 Predictions UFC 254 Odds
Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris
Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Alexander Volkov will enter the Octagon against Walt Harris at UFC 254 on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The opening odds have Volkov at -185 while Harris is at +160.
Alexander "Drago" Volkov looks to add a win to his record of 31-8-0. The 31-year-old weighs 250 lbs and measures 6'7". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 80". Walt "The Big Ticket" Harris stands 6'5" and tips the scales at 250 lbs. The southpaw fighter holds a career record of 13-8-0. The 37-year-old has an arm span of 77". In terms of significant strikes, Alexander Volkov connects on 4.65 per minute while Walt Harris lands 2.97 significant strikes per min. Volkov lands 58% of the significant strikes he throws while Harris is connecting on 39%. Concerning their defense in the Octagon, "Drago" absorbs 2.53 significant strikes per min while "The Big Ticket" allows 3.18. Volkov also prevents 54% of the significant strikes that are aimed in his direction and Harris deflects 56% of them.
In the grappling category, Alexander Volkov is the more capable grappler as he takes his opponents to the mat 0.72 times per 3 rounds. Volkov is scoring a takedown on 70% of his tries and stuffing 65% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. Harris is scoring a takedown on 33% of the takedowns he attempts and stuffing 72% of the tries against him. When it comes to subbing opponents, Volkov is the more skilled fighter by trying 0.4 subs per 3 rounds while Harris attempts 0.2 subs per 15 min.
In his last fight, Alexander Volkov went up against Curtis Blaydes and ended up walking away in defeat by way of unanimous decision in round 5. Blaydes ended up landing 116 of 163 of the strikes he threw in total in this fight. Volkov ended the night having landed 127 of 177 total strikes. When talking about significant strikes, Blaydes ended up landing 69 of 99, which gave him a percentage of 69%. He finished the fight landing 34 of 60 significant strikes aimed at the head. On the other side of the Octagon, Volkov landed 40% of his significant strikes by sticking 31 of 77. Of all the significant strikes, he landed 22 of 62 to the head. 43% of the significant strikes connected on by Blaydes and 100% of them landed by Volkov were tallied at distance.
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In the last fight for Walt Harris, he battled Alistair Overeem and wound up taking the loss via a punch to the head in round 2. Overeem ended up connecting on 10% of his significant strikes at distance and Harris ended up landing 24% of his significant strikes at distance. Harris ended up connecting on 52% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 25 of 48. He connected on 19 of 41 significant strikes directed at the head. Overeem connected on 68 of 85 significant strikes in that fight. In terms of accuracy for the significant strikes, he connected on 58 of 75 aimed at the head. When discussing the total strikes thrown in this fight, Overeem landed 97 of 115 and Harris landed 25 of 48 of all the strikes he attempted.
Other fights on the card to watch
Another fight that you're going to want to watch is when Magomed Ankalaev fights Ion Cutelaba. Ankalaev will be looking to add a win to his career total of 13-1-0. The 28-year-old weighs in at 205 lbs and measures 6'3". The orthodox fighter stretches 75". Cutelaba stands 6'1" and weighs 205 lbs. The southpaw fighter walks into the cage holding a record of 15-5-0. The 26-year-old extends his reach 75". When it comes to grappling, Magomed Ankalaev gets a takedown 0.68 times per 3 rds while Ion Cutelaba takes his opponents to the mat 2.59 times per 15 minutes. In the striking category, Ankalaev tags his opponents 3.46 strikes per min and lands 56% of the strikes that he attempts. On the other side of the cage you've got Ion Cutelaba, who connects on 39% of the strikes he has tried and is connecting on 5.29 per min.
Another bout to watch is when Tai Tuivasa is set to face off against Stefan Struve. Struve holds a career mark of 33-12-0. The 32-year-old is weighing in at 265 lbs and stands 6'11". The orthodox fighter stretches 84". Tuivasa measures in at 6'2" and records a weight of 264 lbs. The southpaw fighter looks to add a victory to his career record of 10-3-0. The 27-year-old stretches 75". In terms of grappling, Stefan Struve is able to thwart 55% of his opponents' takedown attempts and is taking his opponents to the canvas on 50% of the times he tries. Tuivasa is taking his opponents down on 10% of the attempts he tries and thwarts 42% of takedowns his opponents have tried. Concerning striking, Struve is absorbing 4.00 strikes per minute while he is connecting on 3.13 per min. Tuivasa, moreover, is absorbing 3.54 strikes/min and connects on 4.09 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Alexander Volkov (-185)
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