John Dodson vs Merab Dvalishvili Picks and Predictions 8-15-2020 UFC 252 Odds
John Dodson vs Merab Dvalishvili
Saturday, August 15, 2020
John Dodson will battle Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 252 on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The opening odds have Dodson at +200 while Dvalishvili is coming in at -240.
John "The Magician" Dodson has a career record of 22-11-0. The 35-year-old weighs in at 135 lbs and measures in at 5'3". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 66". Merab "The Machine" Dvalishvili measures in at 5'6" and tips the scales at 135 lbs. The orthodox fighter comes into this bout with a record of 11-4-0. The 29-year-old stretches 68". With respect to significant strikes, John Dodson lands 3.30 per minute while Merab Dvalishvili is landing 4.01 significant strikes per minute. Dodson lands 41% of the significant strikes he attempts while Dvalishvili is landing 39%. In terms of the fighter's defense, "The Magician" absorbs 3.59 significant strikes per minute and "The Machine" absorbs 2.12. Dodson also stops 61% of the significant strikes that are directed at him while Dvalishvili is able to curb 59% of the strikes thrown his way.
Concerning takedowns, John Dodson is the not as competent as a wrestler as he takes his opponents to the mat 0.76 times per 3 rounds. Dodson is getting his opponent to the mat on 28% of the times he tries and thwarting 80% of all takedowns attempted on him. Dvalishvili is taking his opponents to the canvas on 50% of the takedowns he tries and stuffing 80% of all takedowns attempted on him. In terms of submission attempts, Dodson is the lesser skilled fighter by trying 0.2 finishes per 3 rds while Dvalishvili attempts 0.3 finishes per 3 rds.
In his last bout, John Dodson went up against Nathaniel Wood and wound up getting the victory via a punch to the head in round 3. Wood ended up landing 68 of 124 total strikes attempted in that fight. Dodson ended the night having landed 57 of 91 total strikes. Concerning significant strikes, Wood landed 46 of 99, which means his percentage was 46%. He ended up landing 24 of 63 significant strikes to the head. In terms of stats for the opponent, Dodson landed 54% of his significant strikes by landing 39 of 72. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he connected on 31 of 64 to the head. 86% of the significant strikes connected on by Wood and 79% of them connected on by Dodson were done at distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Merab Dvalishvili, he faced off with Gustavo Lopez and took home the win by way of unanimous decision in round 3. Lopez ended up connecting on 71% of the significant strikes he took from distance while Dvalishvili connected on 31% of his significant strikes at distance. Dvalishvili ended up landing 57% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 73 of 128. He landed 47 of 99 significant strikes aimed at the head. Lopez connected on 14 of 57 significant strikes in that fight. Looking at the significant strike accuracy, he ended up connecting on 5 of 46 to the head. Regarding total strikes that he let go, Lopez was 49 of 103 while Dvalishvili ended up connecting on 110 of 187 of the strikes he threw in total.
Other fights on the card to keep an eye on
Another fight that you're going to want to watch is when Jim Miller meets Vinc Pichel. Miller walks into the cage with a mark of 32-14-0. The 36-year-old will fight at 155 lbs and stands 5'8". The southpaw fighter has a wingspan of 71". Pichel stands 5'10" and is weighing in at 155 lbs. The orthodox fighter steps into the cage with a mark of 12-2-0. The 37-year-old stretches 72". Regarding grappling, Jim Miller takes his opponents to the canvas 1.68 times per 15 minutes while Vinc Pichel takes his opponents down 4.00 times per 3 rds. In terms of striking, Miller tags his opponents 2.81 strikes per min and is landing 40% of the strikes that he throws. The other fighter in this bout is Vinc Pichel, who tags the opposition on 45% of his attempted strikes and lands 3.29 per minute.
Another bout to watch is when Virna Jandiroba is set to take on Felice Herrig. Herrig comes into this fight with a mark of 14-8-0. The 35-year-old records a weight of 115 lbs and measures 5'4". The orthodox fighter reaches 65". Jandiroba measures 5'3" and records a weight of 115 lbs. The orthodox fighter walks into the cage holding a record of 15-1-0. The 32-year-old stretches 64". When it comes to takedowns, Felice Herrig is able to thwart 76% of the takedowns her opponents try and is scoring a takedown on 30% of the times she tries. Jandiroba is finishing her takedown tries on 46% of the attempts she tries and prevents 60% of all takedown tries against her. Concerning striking, Herrig absorbs 4.89 strikes/min while she lands 3.69 strikes/min. Jandiroba, at the same time, is taking 1.60 strikes/minute and deals 1.13 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take John Dodson (+200)
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