Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Royval Pick, 8/21/2021 Predictions UFC Vegas 34 Odds
Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Royval
UFC Vegas 34
UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Alexandre Pantoja will face off with Brandon Royval at UFC Vegas 34 on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The moneyline has Pantoja at -172 while Royval is coming in at +140.
Alexandre "The Cannibal" Pantoja steps into the Octagon with a mark of 23-5-0. The 31-year-old steps on the scale at 125 lbs and comes in at 5'5". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 67". Brandon "Raw Dawg" Royval measures 5'9" and records a weight of 125 lbs. The southpaw fighter steps into the cage holding a mark of 12-5-0. The 29-year-old has a wingspan of 68". When talking about significant strikes, Alexandre Pantoja is connecting on 4.30 per min while Brandon Royval connects on 3.77 significant strikes per minute. Pantoja connects on 47% of the significant strikes he tries while Royval connects on 46%. When it comes to the fighter's defense, "The Cannibal" takes 3.39 significant strikes per min while "Raw Dawg" takes 2.88. Pantoja also stops 53% of the significant strikes his opponents attempt while Royval curbs 47% of the strikes thrown in his direction.
|UFC Vegas 34||Alexandre Pantoja||Brandon Royval|
|Average Fight Time||11:12||6:22|
|Weight||125 lbs||125 lbs|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||4.30||3.77|
When it comes to wrestling, Alexandre Pantoja is the more capable grappler as he takes his opponents to the canvas 0.94 times per 3 rds. Pantoja is taking his opponents to the canvas on 35% of his tries and stopping 68% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. Royval is getting his opponent to the mat on 80% of the takedowns he attempts and stuffing 53% of the attempts against him. Regarding going for the sub, Pantoja is the lesser skilled fighter by going for 0.9 finishes per 3 rds while Royval attempts 2.4 finishes per 15 minutes.
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The last time he fought, Alexandre Pantoja went up against Manel Kape and got a win for the night by way of unanimous decision in round 3. Kape ended up landing 51 of 94 total strikes that he let go. Pantoja walked away from this fight having landed 77 of 152 total strikes. In the category of significant strikes, Kape ended up landing 49 of 91, giving him a percentage of 53%. He landed 36 of 76 significant strikes to the head. In terms of stats for the opponent, Pantoja landed 49% of the significant strikes he threw by landing 74 of 149. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he was 27 of 83 to the head. 100% of the significant strikes landed by Kape and 97% of them landed by Pantoja were done at distance.
In the last bout for Brandon Royval, he squared up with Brandon Moreno and was defeated by way of a punch to the head while on the ground in round 1. Moreno ended up connecting on 75% of the significant strikes he attempted at distance while Royval landed 88% of the significant strikes he tried at a distance. Royval ended up connecting on 32% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 17 of 52. He landed 7 of 38 significant strikes aimed at the head. Moreno connected on 16 of 34 significant strikes in that contest. Out of those significant strikes, he connected on 10 of 27 aimed at the head. Relating to the strikes he fired off in this contest, Moreno ended up landing 53 of 73 and Royval ended up connecting on 24 of 62 of all the strikes he attempted.
Other bouts to watch
Another fight to keep an eye on is when Austin Lingo squares up against Luis Saldana. Lingo will be looking to add a victory to his career total of 8-1-0. The 27-year-old weighs 145 lbs and stands 5'10". The orthodox fighter reaches 70". Saldana comes in at 5'11" and records a weight of 145 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a victory to his record of 15-6-0. The 30-year-old extends his reach 73". In terms of takedowns, Austin Lingo is averaging a takedown 1.00 times per 15 minutes and Luis Saldana takes his opponents down 0.00 times per 15 minutes. When talking about striking, Lingo lands 3.57 strikes per min and is landing 44% of the strikes that he attempts. On the other side of the cage we have Luis Saldana, who connects on 51% of the strikes he attempts and is connecting on 4.39 per minute.
One more can't miss bout is when Domingo Pilarte is set to face off against Brian Kelleher. Kelleher has a career mark of 22-12-0. The 34-year-old records a weight of 135 lbs and stands in at 5'6". The switch fighter extends his reach 66". Pilarte measures in at 6'0" and weighs in at 135 lbs. The southpaw fighter looks to add a victory to his record of 8-2-0. The 31-year-old stretches 73". In terms of wrestling, Brian Kelleher thwarts 59% of his opponents' takedown attempts and is finishing his takedown attempts on 25% of his attempts. Pilarte is taking his opponents down on 42% of the tries he takes and is able to thwart 75% of the takedowns his opponents try. With regard to striking, Kelleher is absorbing 5.47 strikes/minute and he is landing 3.92 strikes/minute. Pilarte, in contrast, absorbs 3.69 strikes/minute and dishes out 2.04 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Brandon Royval (+140)
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