Alistair Overeem vs Alexander Volkov Pick, 2/6/2021 Predictions UFC Vegas 18 Odds
Alistair Overeem vs Alexander Volkov
UFC Vegas 18
UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Alistair Overeem will face off against Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 18 on Saturday, February 6, 2021. The line has Overeem coming in at +165 while Volkov is at -190.
Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem looks to add a win to his career record of 47-18-0. The 40-year-old steps on the scale at 265 lbs and stands in at 6'4". The orthodox fighter has a wingspan of 80". Alexander "Drago" Volkov comes in at 6'7" and tips the scales at 250 lbs. The orthodox fighter has a career record of 32-8-0. The 32-year-old has a reach of 80". Regarding significant strikes, Alistair Overeem is connecting on 3.71 per min while Alexander Volkov connects on 4.76 significant strikes per minute. Overeem is landing 64% of the significant strikes he tries while Volkov connects on 58%. Concerning the fighter's defense, "The Demolition Man" allows 2.33 significant strikes per minute while "Drago" takes 2.53. Overeem also defends 58% of the significant strikes that are aimed in his direction while Volkov is able to deflect 56% of the strikes thrown in his direction.
|UFC Vegas 18||Alistair Overeem||Alexander Volkov|
|Average Fight Time||7:19||15:07|
|Weight||265 lbs||250 lbs|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||3.71||4.76|
In terms of takedowns, Alistair Overeem is the more effective grappler as he takes his opponents to the canvas 1.44 times per 3 rounds. Overeem is finishing his takedown attempts on 56% of his attempts and defending 73% of all takedown attempts. Volkov is taking his opponents to the canvas on 70% of the takedowns he tries and defending 65% of all takedowns attempted on him. When it comes to going for the sub, Overeem is the more apt fighter by trying 0.8 finishes per 15 min while Volkov goes for 0.2 finishes per 3 rds.
The last time he fought, Alistair Overeem squared up with Augusto Sakai and ended up winning this fight via an elbow to the head in round 5. Sakai ended up landing 120 of 196 total strikes attempted in that fight. Overeem finished this fight landing 106 of 131 total strikes. Concerning significant strikes, Sakai ended up landing 99 of 173, which means his percentage was 57%. He ended up landing 66 of 130 significant strikes directed at the head. On the other side, Overeem landed 80% of his significant strikes by sticking 92 of 114. Out of those significant strikes, he was 53 of 73 aimed at the head. 62% of the significant strikes landed by Sakai and 30% of them landed by Overeem were thrown at a distance.
In the last fight for Alexander Volkov, he battled Walt Harris and wound up taking home the win by way of a front kick to the body in round 2. Harris landed 100% of his significant strikes at distance while Volkov connected on 93% of the significant strikes he tried at a distance. Volkov ended up connecting on 61% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 45 of 73. He landed 32 of 59 significant strikes aimed at the head. Harris ended up connecting on 16 of 58 significant strikes in that fight. Of all the significant strikes, he ended up landing 7 of 45 directed at the head. When discussing total strikes thrown, Harris connected on 16 of 58 while Volkov ended up connecting on 45 of 73 of all the strikes he threw.
Other bouts to watch
An additional bout that shouldn't be missed is when Cory Sandhagen fights Frankie Edgar. Sandhagen walks into the Octagon with a record of 13-2-0. The 28-year-old weighs 135 lbs and measures 5'11". The switch fighter reaches 70". Edgar stands in at 5'6" and records a weight of 135 lbs. The orthodox fighter holds a career mark of 23-8-1. The 39-year-old stretches 68". In the grappling category, Cory Sandhagen takes his opponents to the mat 1.07 times per 3 rounds and Frankie Edgar takes his opponents to the mat 2.28 times per 3 rds. When it comes to striking, Sandhagen connects on 6.88 strikes per minute and is connecting on 48% of the strikes that he attempts. Joining him in the Octagon is Frankie Edgar, who tags the opposition on 39% of the strikes he has attempted and connects on 3.70 per min.
One more can't miss bout is when Beneil Dariush is set to square up in the Octagon against Diego Ferreira. Ferreira walks into the Octagon with a record of 17-2-0. The 36-year-old steps on the scale at 155 lbs and comes in at 5'9". The orthodox fighter stretches 74". Dariush stands in at 5'10" and tips the scales at 155 lbs. The southpaw fighter walks into the cage with a mark of 19-4-1. The 31-year-old extends his reach 72". In terms of grappling, Diego Ferreira is thwarting 70% of the takedowns his opponents try and is taking his opponents to the mat on 27% of the times he tries. Dariush is taking his opponents down on 32% of his tries and curbs 80% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. With reference to striking, Ferreira is taking 3.11 strikes/min while he dishes out 5.07 strikes/minute. Dariush, notwithstanding, is absorbing 2.63 strikes/min and deals 3.98 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Alistair Overeem (+165)
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