Alexandre Pantoja vs Askar Askarov Picks and Predictions 7-18-2020 UFC Fight Island 2 Odds
Alexandre Pantoja vs Askar Askarov
UFC Fight Island 2
UFC Fight Island
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Alexandre Pantoja will face off against Askar Askarov at UFC Fight Island on Saturday, July 18, 2020. The opening odds have Pantoja coming in at -200 while Askarov is at +170.
Alexandre "The Cannibal" Pantoja will be looking to add a win to his career record of 22-4-0. The 30-year-old steps on the scale at 125 lbs and measures in at 5'5". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 67". Askar "Bullet" Askarov stands in at 5'6" and weighs 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a victory to his career total of 11-0-1. The 27-year-old reaches 67". Regarding significant strikes, Alexandre Pantoja is connecting on 4.58 per minute and Askar Askarov is connecting on 3.43 significant strikes per minute. Pantoja connects on 47% of the significant strikes he throws while Askarov is landing 48%. Concerning their defense in the cage, "The Cannibal" absorbs 3.53 significant strikes per minute while "Bullet" allows 2.70. Pantoja also stops 56% of the significant strikes that are thrown his way while Askarov defends against 58% of them.
In the category of takedowns, Alexandre Pantoja is not as effective of a wrestler as he gets a takedown 1.10 times per 15 minutes. Pantoja is taking his opponents to the canvas on 35% of the times he tries and defending 60% of all takedown attempts. Askarov is finishing his takedown attempts on 22% of his takedown tries and stopping 66% of all takedowns attempted by his opposition. Regarding subbing the opposition, Pantoja is the more skilled of the two fighters by trying 1.3 finishes per 15 minutes while Askarov goes for 0.4 finishes per 3 rds.
In his last appearance in the Octagon, Alexandre Pantoja squared up with Matt Schnell and wound up taking home the win by way of a punch to the head in round 1. Schnell ended up landing 35 of 68 total strikes that he let go in that contest. Pantoja walked away from this fight having landed 36 of 64 total strikes. When talking about significant strikes, Schnell ended up landing 20 of 52, which gave him a rate of 38%. He landed 16 of 43 significant strikes aimed at the head. On the other side of the Octagon, Pantoja ended up landing 54% of his significant strikes by landing 34 of 62. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he was 32 of 60 to the head. 90% of the significant strikes landed by Schnell and 79% of them landed by Pantoja were done at a distance.
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In the last fight for Askar Askarov, he faced off with Tim Elliott and wound up getting the victory by way of unanimous decision in round 3. Elliott connected on 74% of the significant strikes he took from distance and Askarov ended up connecting on 78% of the significant strikes he attempted from distance. Askarov landed 48% of the significant strikes he attempted by landing 73 of 150. He connected on 57 of 131 significant strikes directed at the head. Elliott connected on 47 of 111 significant strikes in that contest. Of those significant strikes, he ended up landing 15 of 67 directed at the head. In regard to total strikes thrown in that contest, Elliott landed 86 of 157 and Askarov ended up landing 96 of 173 of all the strikes he threw.
Other bouts on the card to watch
An additional bout that shouldn't be missed is when Davi Ramos squares up with Arman Tsarukyan. Ramos steps into the Octagon with a mark of 10-3-0. The 33-year-old weighs 155 lbs and measures 5'6". The orthodox fighter has a reach of 70". Tsarukyan measures in at 5'7" and records a weight of 155 lbs. The orthodox fighter walks into the Octagon with a record of 14-2-0. The 23-year-old stretches 72". When it comes to grappling, Davi Ramos gets a takedown 2.42 times per 3 rounds and Arman Tsarukyan gets a takedown 1.50 times per 15 minutes. In the striking category, Ramos connects on 2.74 strikes per minute and connects on 39% of the strikes that he attempts. On the other side of the cage you've got Arman Tsarukyan, who connects on 40% of the strikes he has attempted and connects on 2.00 per minute.
An additional fight that you're going to want to see is when Nad Narimani is set to clash with Grant Dawson. Dawson comes into this bout holding a record of 15-1-0. The 26-year-old weighs in at 145 lbs and measures in at 5'10". The switch fighter has a wingspan of 72". Narimani measures 5'8" and is fighting at 145 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a win to his career record of 12-3-0. The 33-year-old reaches 70". Regarding takedowns, Grant Dawson is thwarting 33% of the takedowns his opponents go for and is finishing his takedowns on 48% of the times he tries. Narimani is taking his opponents to the mat on 41% of the attempts he tries and prevents 75% of takedowns his opponents have tried. In the category of striking, Dawson absorbs 2.15 strikes/minute and he is dishing out 3.48 strikes/minute. Narimani, on the other hand, takes 2.80 strikes/min and is landing 3.80 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Askar Askarov (+170)
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