Derek Brunson vs Edmen Shahbazyan Picks and Predictions 8-1-2020 UFC Fight Night 173 Odds
Derek Brunson vs Edmen Shahbazyan
UFC Fight Night 173
UFC Apex in Las Vegas
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Derek Brunson will enter the Octagon with Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC Fight Night 173 at UFC Apex on Saturday, August 1, 2020. The opener has Brunson at +280 while Shahbazyan is priced at -340.
Derek Brunson will be looking to add a win to his career total of 20-7-0. The 36-year-old weighs in at 185 lbs and stands 6'1". The southpaw fighter has an arm span of 77". Edmen "The Golden Boy" Shahbazyan stands in at 6'2" and weighs in at 185 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a victory to his total of 11-0-0. The 22-year-old stretches 74". In terms of significant strikes, Derek Brunson is connecting on 3.39 per min and Edmen Shahbazyan is landing 4.11 significant strikes per min. Brunson lands 45% of the significant strikes he throws and Shahbazyan connects on 52%. Concerning the fighter's defense, Brunson takes 2.91 significant strikes per min while "The Golden Boy" absorbs 2.16. Brunson also thwarts 54% of the significant strikes his opponents throw at him and Shahbazyan is able to deflect 62% of the shots thrown his way.
Regarding takedowns, Derek Brunson is the not as competent as a grappler as he scores a takedown 2.80 times per 3 rds. Brunson is scoring a takedown on 29% of his attempts and is stopping 100% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. Shahbazyan is scoring a takedown on 40% of the takedowns he tries and is stopping 75% of all takedowns attempted on him. In terms of subbing opponents, Brunson is less apt at going for the finish by going for 0.5 subs per 3 rounds while Shahbazyan attempts 0.8 subs per 3 rounds.
In his previous bout, Derek Brunson went up against Ian Heinisch and took home the win via unanimous decision in round 3. Heinisch landed 65 of 150 of the strikes he let go in total for this contest. Brunson finished this fight landing 102 of 207 total strikes. In regard to significant strikes, Heinisch landed 58 of 143, which gave him a rate of 40%. He ended up landing 37 of 114 significant strikes directed at the head. In terms of stats for the opponent, Brunson landed 43% of the significant strikes he threw by landing 81 of 185. Out of those significant strikes, he connected on 51 of 142 to the head. 84% of the significant strikes connected on by Heinisch and 85% of them connected on by Brunson were done at distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Edmen Shahbazyan, he squared up with Brad Tavares and took home the victory by a kick to the head in round 1. Tavares ended up landing 90% of the significant strikes he tried at a distance and Shahbazyan connected on 71% of the significant strikes he attempted from distance. Shahbazyan connected on 36% of the significant strikes he attempted by connecting on 14 of 38. He connected on 12 of 36 significant strikes aimed at the head. Tavares ended up landing 3 of 23 significant strikes in that contest. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he connected on 1 of 19 directed at the head. Relating to total strikes that he let go in that contest, Tavares landed 3 of 23 while Shahbazyan connected on 14 of 38 of all the strikes he threw.
Other fights on the card to watch
One more match to look forward to is when Eric Spicely goes up against Markus Perez. Spicely walks into the Octagon with a record of 12-6-0. The 33-year-old records a weight of 185 lbs and comes in at 6'1". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 73". Perez measures 6'1" and will fight at 185 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a victory to his career record of 12-3-0. The 32-year-old extends his reach 73". In terms of takedowns, Eric Spicely gets his opposition to the mat 1.31 times per 15 minutes while Markus Perez is able to score a takedown 1.08 times per 3 rds. When it comes to striking, Spicely lands 3.71 strikes per min and connects on 45% out of all the strikes he attempts. On the other side we have Markus Perez, who lands 48% of the strikes he has attempted and connects on 2.75 per min.
If you're going to be watching the fights, don't miss when Randy Brown is set to go up against Vicente Luque. Luque steps into the Octagon holding a mark of 18-7-1. The 28-year-old tips the scales at 170 lbs and stands in at 5'11". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 75". Brown measures 6'3" and weighs in at 170 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a win to his career record of 12-3-0. The 30-year-old reaches 78". Regarding takedowns, Vicente Luque is able to deflect 65% of the takedowns fighters have gone for and is scoring a takedown on 50% of the times he tries. Brown is taking his opponents to the mat on 46% of his attempts and prevents 71% of all takedown tries against him. Concerning striking, Luque is taking 5.79 strikes/min while he is dishing out 5.66 per min. Brown, at the same time, takes 2.42 strikes/minute and is dishing out 3.41 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Derek Brunson (+280)
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