Manel Kape vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov Pick, 12/4/2021 Predictions UFC Vegas 44 Odds
Manel Kape vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov
UFC Vegas 44
UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Manel Kape will take on Zhalgas Zhumagulov at UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday, December 4, 2021. The opening moneyline has Kape coming in at -220 while Zhumagulov is priced at +180.
Manel "StarBoy" Kape looks to add a win to his record of 16-6-0. The 28-year-old tips the scales at 125 lbs and comes in at 5'5". The southpaw fighter has an arm span of 68". Zhalgas Zhumagulov comes in at 5'4" and will fight at 125 lbs. The switch fighter comes into this bout holding a record of 14-5-0. The 33-year-old has a wingspan of 66". When talking about significant strikes, Manel Kape is connecting on 3.71 per minute and Zhalgas Zhumagulov is connecting on 4.21 significant strikes per minute. Kape lands 47% of the significant strikes he tries and Zhumagulov is landing 49%. When it comes to the fighter's defense, "StarBoy" takes 4.23 significant strikes per min and Zhumagulov absorbs 4.09. Kape also defends 49% of the significant strikes that are directed at him while Zhumagulov is able to defend against 60% of them.
|UFC Vegas 44||Manel Kape||Zhalgas Zhumagulov|
|Average Fight Time||11:35||10:41|
|Weight||125 lbs||125 lbs|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||3.71||4.21|
In the grappling category, Manel Kape is not as efficient of a wrestler as he takes his opponents down 0.86 times per 3 rounds. Kape is getting his opponent to the mat on 28% of the times he tries and stopping 80% of all takedown attempts. Zhumagulov is taking his opponents to the canvas on 21% of his takedown tries and is stuffing 50% of the tries against him. When it comes to submissions, Kape is the lesser skilled of the two fighters by going for 0.2 submissions per 15 min while Zhumagulov tries 0.5 submissions per 3 rounds.
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In his last bout, Manel Kape went up against Ode Osbourne and ended up winning this fight via a flying knee to the head in round 1. Osbourne landed 18 of 38 of the strikes he threw in total in this fight. Kape walked away from this fight having landed 19 of 29 total strikes. In regard to significant strikes, Osbourne ended up landing 18 of 38, which gave him a rate of 47%. He landed 9 of 25 significant strikes directed at the head. In terms of stats for the opponent, Kape ended up landing 65% of his significant strikes by landing 19 of 29. Out of those significant strikes, he was 14 of 23 to the head. 100% of the significant strikes landed by Osbourne and 84% of them connected on by Kape were done at a distance.
In the last fight for Zhalgas Zhumagulov, he faced off with Jerome Rivera and wound up getting the win by way of a guillotine choke in round 1. Rivera ended up connecting on 100% of his significant strikes at distance while Zhumagulov ended up landing 100% of the significant strikes he tried at a distance. Zhumagulov landed 41% of the significant strikes he attempted by connecting on 10 of 24. He ended up landing 4 of 15 significant strikes directed at the head. Rivera connected on 11 of 40 significant strikes in that contest. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he connected on 2 of 27 directed at the head. In terms of total strikes thrown, Rivera was 11 of 40 while Zhumagulov ended up connecting on 10 of 24 of all the strikes he attempted.
Other bouts to keep an eye on
One more match to look forward to is when Jake Matthews takes on Jeremiah Wells. Matthews comes into this fight with a mark of 17-5-0. The 27-year-old weighs in at 170 lbs and stands in at 5'11". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 73". Wells measures in at 5'9" and weighs 170 lbs. The switch fighter steps into the Octagon holding a record of 9-2-1. The 35-year-old has a wingspan of 74". Regarding grappling, Jake Matthews is averaging a takedown 1.93 times per 15 minutes while Jeremiah Wells takes his opponents to the mat 0.60 times per 15 minutes. When talking about striking, Matthews connects on 3.03 strikes/min and is landing 44% out of all the strikes he attempts. On the other side we have Jeremiah Wells, who connects on 40% of the strikes he has attempted and is landing 3.82 per min.
If you're into fun fights, you're going to want to see when William Knight is set to face off with Alonzo Menifield. Menifield looks to add a win to his total of 11-2-0. The 34-year-old records a weight of 205 lbs and stands 6'0". The orthodox fighter has a wingspan of 76". Knight comes in at 5'10" and weighs in at 205 lbs. The orthodox fighter comes into this fight with a mark of 10-2-0. The 33-year-old has a reach of 73". When it comes to takedowns, Alonzo Menifield is able to curb 85% of the takedowns fighters have gone for and is scoring a takedown on 25% of his attempts. Knight is taking his opponents down on 53% of the attempts he tries and is able to stop 40% of all takedown tries against him. With regard to striking, Menifield takes 3.36 strikes per minute while he dishes out 4.13 strikes/minute. Knight, on the other hand, is absorbing 2.65 strikes/minute and deals 3.55 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Manel Kape (-220)
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