Amir Albazi vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov Pick, 1/23/2021 Predictions UFC 257 Odds
Amir Albazi vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Amir Albazi will take on Zhalgas Zhumagulov at UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The opening line has Albazi priced at -105 while Zhumagulov is coming in at -115.
Amir "The Prince" Albazi walks into the cage with a record of 13-1-0. The 27-year-old tips the scales at 125 lbs and measures in at 5'5". The orthodox fighter stretches 68". Zhalgas Zhumagulov measures in at 5'4" and is fighting at 125 lbs. The switch fighter has a career mark of 13-4-0. The 32-year-old has a wingspan of 66". Regarding significant strikes, Amir Albazi is connecting on 2.55 per minute while Zhalgas Zhumagulov is landing 4.40 significant strikes per min. Albazi is landing 42% of the significant strikes he throws while Zhumagulov is connecting on 55%. In terms of the fighter's defense, "The Prince" absorbs 0.64 significant strikes per min while Zhumagulov allows 3.47. Albazi also stops 81% of the significant strikes that are aimed in his direction and Zhumagulov is able to defend against 57% of the shots thrown his way.
In the category of takedowns, Amir Albazi is the more effective grappler as he gets a takedown 3.19 times per 3 rounds. Albazi is scoring a takedown on 100% of his tries and thwarting 40% of all takedown attempts. Zhumagulov is finishing his takedowns on 18% of his takedown tries and is stuffing 20% of the tries against him. Regarding going for the sub, Albazi is the more able fighter by going for 3.2 submissions per 15 minutes while Zhumagulov tries 0.6 submissions per 15 min.
In his last fight, Amir Albazi fought Malcolm Gordon and ended up getting the victory in the fight by way of a triangle choke in round 1. Gordon landed 5 of 18 total strikes that he let go in that fight. Albazi finished this fight landing 28 of 46 total strikes. In the significant strikes category, Gordon ended up landing 3 of 16, giving him a percentage of 18%. He landed 1 of 11 significant strikes directed at the head. In terms of stats for the opponent, Albazi ended up landing 42% of the significant strikes he threw by landing 12 of 28. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he connected on 8 of 24 pointed at the head. 90% of the significant strikes landed by Gordon and 83% of them connected on by Albazi were done at a distance.
In the last fight for Zhalgas Zhumagulov, he faced off with Raulian Paiva and was on the losing end of this fight via unanimous decision in round 3. Paiva landed 98% of his significant strikes at distance and Zhumagulov connected on 96% of his significant strikes at distance. Zhumagulov ended up landing 55% of his significant strikes attempted by landing 66 of 119. He connected on 19 of 61 significant strikes aimed at the head. Paiva landed 52 of 121 significant strikes in that fight. In terms of accuracy for the significant strikes, he ended up connecting on 14 of 71 directed at the head. In terms of total strikes attempted in that fight, Paiva ended up landing 56 of 125 and Zhumagulov ended up landing 73 of 126 of the strikes he threw in total.
Other bouts on the card to watch
One more match to look forward to is when Jessica Eye goes up against Joanne Calderwood. Eye holds a mark of 15-8-0. The 34-year-old will fight at 125 lbs and stands 5'6". The orthodox fighter reaches 66". Calderwood measures in at 5'6" and tips the scales at 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter has a career record of 14-5-0. The 35-year-old reaches 65". In terms of takedowns, Jessica Eye takes her opponents to the mat 0.40 times per 15 min and Joanne Calderwood takes her opponents to the mat 1.90 times per 3 rds. When talking about striking, Eye lands an average of 3.65 strikes/min and is landing 36% of her attempted strikes. On the other side we have Joanne Calderwood, who is landing 48% of the strikes she attempts and is landing 6.17 per min.
If you're going to be watching the fights, don't miss when Amanda Ribas is set to fight Marina Rodriguez. Rodriguez comes into this fight with a record of 12-1-2. The 33-year-old will fight at 115 lbs and comes in at 5'6". The orthodox fighter stretches 65". Ribas measures in at 5'3" and is fighting at 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a victory to her record of 10-1-0. The 27-year-old stretches 66". In the category of takedowns, Marina Rodriguez deflects 61% of the takedowns her opponents try and is taking her opponents to the canvas on 33% of her tries. Ribas is taking her opponents down on 54% of the tries she takes and curbs 85% of all takedown tries against her. With reference to striking, Rodriguez absorbs 3.31 strikes per minute and she is landing 5.04 strikes/min. Ribas, on the contrary, absorbs 1.67 strikes per minute and is landing 4.71 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Zhalgas Zhumagulov (-115)
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