Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba Pick, 10/24/2020 Predictions UFC 254 Odds
Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba
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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Magomed Ankalaev will face off with Ion Cutelaba at UFC 254 on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in a rematch. The line has Ankalaev priced at -320 while Cutelaba is priced at +260.
Magomed Ankalaev 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". Ion "The Hulk" 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". Regarding significant strikes, Magomed Ankalaev is landing 3.46 per minute and Ion Cutelaba lands 5.29 significant strikes per minute. Ankalaev is landing 56% of the significant strikes he throws while Cutelaba is connecting on 39%. Concerning their defense in the Octagon, Ankalaev allows 1.24 significant strikes per minute and "The Hulk" allows 3.26. Ankalaev also thwarts 67% of the significant strikes his opponents throw his way and Cutelaba is able to defend against 48% of the strikes thrown his way.
In terms of grappling, Magomed Ankalaev is the not as competent as a grappler as he gets a takedown 0.68 times per 3 rounds. Ankalaev is taking his opponents to the canvas on 33% of his attempts and is stuffing 85% of all takedown attempts. Cutelaba is finishing his takedown attempts on 71% of his takedown tries and defending 80% of the tries against him. Regarding going for the sub, Ankalaev is the more capable fighter by going for 0.6 subs per 15 minutes while Cutelaba looks to get 0.3 subs per 15 minutes.
In their previous fight, Magomed Ankalaev got the win for the night by a punch to the head in round 1. Cutelaba landed 5 of 11 total strikes attempted in that fight. Ankalaev ended the night having landed 8 of 12 total strikes. When talking about significant strikes, Cutelaba ended up landing 5 of 11, giving him a percentage of 45%. He finished the fight landing 3 of 8 significant strikes aimed at the head. On the other side of the cage, Ankalaev landed 66% of his significant strikes by landing 8 of 12. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he landed 6 of 10 to the head.
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Other fights on the card to watch
An additional bout that shouldn't be missed is when Stefan Struve encounters Tai Tuivasa. 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 the grappling category, Stefan Struve gets a takedown 0.58 times per 15 min while Tai Tuivasa takes his opponents to the canvas 0.30 times per 15 min. In the striking category, Struve is connecting on 3.13 strikes/minute and lands 47% of his attempted strikes. The other fighter in this bout is Tai Tuivasa, who connects on 48% of the strikes he attempts and lands an average of 4.09 per minute.
If you're going to be watching the fights, don't miss when Casey Kenney is set to square up in the Octagon with Nathaniel Wood. Wood walks into the Octagon holding a record of 17-4-0. The 27-year-old is fighting at 140 lbs and stands 5'6". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 69". Kenney measures 5'7" and records a weight of 140 lbs. The southpaw fighter steps into the cage holding a mark of 15-2-1. The 29-year-old has a reach of 68". In terms of grappling, Nathaniel Wood is preventing 83% of his opponents' takedown tries and is taking his opponents to the canvas on 60% of his tries. Kenney is taking his opponents down on 46% of his tries and is able to defend against 53% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. Concerning striking, Wood is absorbing 3.30 strikes per min and he connects on 5.52 per min. Kenney, notwithstanding, is absorbing 3.27 strikes/min and is dishing out 4.25 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Ion Cutelaba (+260)
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