Joseph Benavidez vs Askar Askarov Pick, 3/6/2021 Predictions UFC 259 Odds
Joseph Benavidez vs Askar Askarov
UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Joseph Benavidez will face off against Askar Askarov at UFC 259 on Saturday, March 6, 2021. The opening moneyline has Benavidez coming in at +100 while Askarov is priced at -120.
Joseph Benavidez steps into the cage holding a record of 28-7-0. The 36-year-old records a weight of 125 lbs and measures in at 5'4". The southpaw fighter stretches 65". Askar "Bullet" Askarov measures in at 5'6" and will fight at 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter walks into the Octagon holding a mark of 12-0-1. The 28-year-old extends his reach 67". Regarding significant strikes, Joseph Benavidez lands 3.54 per min and Askar Askarov is landing 3.20 significant strikes per min. Benavidez is landing 34% of the significant strikes he attempts and Askarov is connecting on 52%. Concerning their defense in the cage, Benavidez absorbs 2.62 significant strikes per minute while "Bullet" takes 2.51. Benavidez also curbs 62% of the significant strikes his opponents throw at him and Askarov is able to deflect 55% of the shots thrown.
|UFC 259||Joseph Benavidez||Askar Askarov|
|Average Fight Time||11:15||15:00|
|Weight||125 lbs||125 lbs|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||3.54||3.20|
Regarding takedowns, Joseph Benavidez is not as effective of a grappler as he scores a takedown 1.48 times per 3 rounds. Benavidez is scoring a takedown on 30% of his attempts and is stopping 65% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. Askarov is taking his opponents down on 18% of the takedowns he tries and is stopping 64% of takedowns his opponents have attempted. Regarding going for the sub, Benavidez is the more experienced submission fighter by going for 0.6 submissions per 3 rds while Askarov tries 0.3 submissions per 15 min.
In his last fight, Joseph Benavidez fought Deiveson Figueiredo and was on the losing end of this fight via rear naked choke in round 1. Figueiredo landed 40 of 45 total strikes that he let go in that fight. Benavidez ended the night having landed 22 of 33 total strikes. In terms of significant strikes, Figueiredo ended up landing 35 of 40, which gave him a rate of 87%. He ended up landing 31 of 36 significant strikes directed at the head. On the other side, Benavidez ended up landing 64% of his significant strikes by landing 18 of 28. Looking at the significant strike accuracy, he connected on 8 of 15 to the head. 34% of the significant strikes connected on by Figueiredo and 100% of them connected on by Benavidez were thrown at a distance.
In the last fight for Askar Askarov, he squared up with Alexandre Pantoja and took home the win by unanimous decision in round 3. Pantoja connected on 93% of the significant strikes he took from distance and Askarov landed 82% of his significant strikes at distance. Askarov landed 65% of the significant strikes he attempted by connecting on 41 of 63. He ended up landing 31 of 53 significant strikes aimed at the head. Pantoja landed 32 of 62 significant strikes in that contest. Of all the significant strikes, he connected on 17 of 40 to the head. Relating to total strikes thrown, Pantoja was 40 of 71 while Askarov ended up connecting on 44 of 66 total strikes.
Other bouts to watch
One more match to look forward to is when Rogerio Bontorin faces off against Kai Kara-France. Bontorin looks to add a victory to his career total of 16-2-0. The 28-year-old steps on the scale at 125 lbs and comes in at 5'5". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 67". Kara-France measures in at 5'4" and is fighting at 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter steps into the Octagon holding a record of 21-9-0. The 27-year-old stretches 69". In terms of takedowns, Rogerio Bontorin is averaging a takedown 1.76 times per 15 min and Kai Kara-France is averaging a takedown 0.56 times per 3 rounds. When it comes to striking, Bontorin connects for an average of 2.30 strikes/min and connecting on 52% of the strikes that he attempts. On the other side of the cage you've got Kai Kara-France, who tags the opposition on 39% of the strikes that he throws and is connecting on 5.16 per minute.
One more can't miss bout is when Jordan Espinosa is set to square up with Tim Elliott. Elliott looks to add a victory to his record of 17-11-1. The 34-year-old weighs 125 lbs and measures in at 5'7". The southpaw fighter has an arm span of 66". Espinosa stands in at 5'6" and weighs 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter walks into the cage holding a record of 15-8-0. The 31-year-old has a reach of 69". Regarding takedowns, Tim Elliott is able to defend against 58% of his opponents' takedown tries and is finishing his takedowns on 48% of his tries. Espinosa is taking his opponents down on 28% of the tries he takes and thwarts 90% of takedowns his opponents have tried. In the matter of striking, Elliott takes 2.64 strikes/minute while he is landing 3.50 per minute. Espinosa, notwithstanding, is taking 3.23 strikes per min and dishes out 4.99 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Joseph Benavidez (+100)
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