Alistair Overeem vs Augusto Sakai Pick, 9-5-2020 UFC Predictions Vegas 9 Odds
Alistair Overeem vs Augusto Sakai
UFC Vegas 9
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Alistair Overeem will enter the Octagon with Augusto Sakai at UFC Vegas 9 on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The line has Overeem priced at -155 while Sakai is coming in at +135.
Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem will be looking to add a win to his record of 46-18-0. The 40-year-old tips the scales at 265 lbs and stands 6'4". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 80". Augusto Sakai measures in at 6'3" and tips the scales at 265 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a victory to his career record of 15-1-1. The 29-year-old reaches 77". Concerning significant strikes, Alistair Overeem connects on 3.66 per min and Augusto Sakai is landing 5.45 significant strikes per min. Overeem is connecting on 63% of the significant strikes he throws while Sakai is landing 46%. When it comes to defending themselves, "The Demolition Man" absorbs 2.18 significant strikes per min and Sakai takes 3.89. Overeem also stops 59% of the significant strikes that are thrown his way and Sakai curbs 55% of the shots thrown in his direction.
In terms of grappling, Alistair Overeem is the more efficient wrestler as he is able to score a takedown 1.40 times per 15 min. Overeem is finishing his takedown attempts on 54% of his tries and stopping 73% of the attempts against him. Sakai is getting his opponent to the mat on 50% of his takedown tries and thwarting 83% of takedowns his opponents have attempted. Regarding subbing opponents, Overeem is the more experienced submission fighter by trying 0.9 subs per 3 rds while Sakai tries 0.4 subs per 15 min.
In his previous fight, Alistair Overeem squared up with Walt Harris and wound up getting the win via a punch to the head in round 2. Harris ended up landing 25 of 48 total strikes that he let go in that fight. Overeem walked away from this fight having landed 97 of 115 total strikes. When talking about significant strikes, Harris landed 25 of 48, which gave him a rate of 52%. He landed 19 of 41 significant strikes aimed at the head. Statistically, Overeem landed 80% of his significant strikes by sticking 68 of 85. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he connected on 58 of 75 to the head. 24% of the significant strikes landed by Harris and 10% of them landed by Overeem were done at a distance.
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In the last fight for Augusto Sakai, he went up against Blagoy Ivanov and ended up winning this fight via split decision in round 3. Ivanov connected on 78% of the significant strikes he attempted at distance and Sakai ended up connecting on 79% of the significant strikes he attempted at distance. Sakai landed 48% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 78 of 161. He connected on 35 of 105 significant strikes aimed at the head. Ivanov landed 66 of 125 significant strikes in that contest. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he connected on 47 of 105 directed at the head. Relating to the strikes he fired off in this contest, Ivanov landed 71 of 130 and Sakai ended up connecting on 89 of 174 of the strikes he threw in total.
Other fights to watch
Another bout that you're not going to want to miss is when Ovince Saint Preux enters the Octagon with Alonzo Menifield. Saint Preux steps into the cage holding a record of 24-14-0. The 37-year-old records a weight of 205 lbs and stands 6'3". The southpaw fighter stretches 80". Menifield comes in at 6'0" and weighs 205 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a victory to his total of 9-1-0. The 32-year-old extends his reach 76". In the grappling category, Ovince Saint Preux is able to score a takedown 1.27 times per 15 min while Alonzo Menifield gets a takedown 0.60 times per 3 rounds. When it comes to striking, Saint Preux lands 2.60 strikes per minute and connecting on 46% of his attempted strikes. On the other side we have Alonzo Menifield, who is connecting on 47% of the strikes that he throws and is connecting on 3.75 per minute.
Another bout to watch is when Hunter Azure is set to encounter Cole Smith. Smith looks to add a victory to his career record of 7-1-0. The 31-year-old steps on the scale at 135 lbs and stands 5'11". The orthodox fighter reaches 67". Azure stands 5'8" and is fighting at 145 lbs. The orthodox fighter has a mark of 8-1-0. The 28-year-old stretches 69". Concerning wrestling, Cole Smith is able to stop 66% of the takedowns fighters have gone for and is finishing his takedown attempts on 30% of his tries. Azure is taking his opponents down on 33% of his tries and is able to curb 81% of all takedown tries against him. In the matter of striking, Smith takes 1.53 strikes/min and he deals 1.63 strikes/minute. Azure, in contrast, absorbs 1.97 strikes/minute and is dealing 4.71 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Alistair Overeem (-155)
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