UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Volkov Predictions and Preview
UFC will be back in action again this Saturday with some heavyweight action! The Main Event features 13-2 Curtis Blaydes and 31-7 Alexander Volkov. There are 12 total fights on the card for Saturday as of Tuesday. We know how there was some shuffling last week. This week’s card is looking more exciting than last week’s so let’s take a look at our UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Volkov predictions and preview below.
Austin Hubbard (11-4) vs. Max Rohskopf (5-0)
It’s never good to try and predict a fight when ESPN doesn’t even have all of their stats listed. Rohskopf has the height advantage at 6’1 over Hubbard who stands at 5’11. Rohskopf comes in with a perfect 5-0 record. However, it’s worth noting that only one of those wins came against a fighter with a winning record. Three of those wins came against guys who were fighting their first fight ever. All 5 of Rohskopf’s wins came via submission. Hubbard is 11-4 but he has lost 2 of his last 3. It’s good to see that Hubbard has got it done via knockout and submission so I’d give him the advantage as a balanced fighter with more experience.
Roxanne Modafferi (24-17) vs. Lauren Murphy (12-4)
Roxanne, Roxanne, all she wanna do is party all night! She comes in with a 2 inch height advantage and 2 inch reach advantage against Lauren Murphy in this fight. Roxanne has won 3 of her last 5 fights. Murphy has won 3 of her last 4 fights. Lauren Murphy is 8-0 in fights decided by knockouts. Murphy lands 3.86 significant strikes per minute in comparison to Modafferi’s 3.06. Roxanne Modafferi has the advantage if this one goes to the ground and Murphy has the advantage if this one stays upright. Biggest trend going into this fight is that 9 out of their last 10 combined fights have gone into the 3rd round.
Matt Frevola (8-1) vs. Frank Camacho (22-8)
The oddsmakers have this one pretty close with Frevola as a slight favorite. I think the line will be down to a pick em by the time that this fight goes off on Saturday night. Frevola has that 8-1 record coming into this fight and he has done it on the ground and upright. He’s 1-1 in fights decided by knockouts and 3-0 in fights decided by submission. Camacho is the kind of fighter who is going to be looking for the knockout. 17 of his 22 wins have come via knockout. One trend that might scare you away from taking Camacho is the fact that he has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights.
Cortney Casey (9-7) vs. Gillian Robertson (7-4)
Cortney Casey comes into this fight as the underdog but she has the 2 inch height advantage and 4 inch reach advantage. Another stat that pops out is that Casey lands 4.72 significant strikes per minute compared to Robertson who lands just 2.18 per minute. Robertson is more the type of fighter who wants to get you on the ground and go from there and 5 of her 7 wins have come via submission. Tough to bet against a red head but Casey seems to have the advantage based on the numbers.
Marc-Andre Barriault (11-4) vs. Oskar Piechota (11-3-1)
This fight looks to be a well balanced middleweight fight between two SLUGGERS. Barriault has won 8 of his 11 fights via knockout and Piechota has won 5 of his 11 fights via knockout. Both fighters are coming in on three fight losing streaks so they will be looking to snap those streaks with a BANG. I think there will be value in the exact result odds to take this one to end via knockout. It’s fun cheering for a knockout and this fight looks to be one that should end that way!
Tecia Torres (10-5) vs. Brianna Van Buren (9-2)
Couple shorties in this fight but don’t be fooled, they are aggressive in the octagon. Torres lands 4.04 significant strikes per minute and Buren lands 4.80 significant strikes per minute. Buren also averages 3 take downs and she comes into this one as the more balanced fighter. Tecia Torres comes into this fight on a 4 fight losing streak. Van Buren comes in riding a 6 fight winning streak and she will look to extend that in this one. She is the better fighter and the odds reflect that.
Clay Guida (35-16) vs. Bobby Green (24-10-1)
Two experienced lightweights going head to head in this one. Bobby Green has only won 1 out of his last 5 fights but he is still the (-240) favorite in this fight. That’s likely due to the fact that he lands more than double the significant strikes per minute that his opponent Clay Guida does. Guida will be looking for takedowns and he averages 2 more than Green. Guida has won 3 out of his last 5 fights.
Jim Miller (31-14) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (10-1)
Roberts will tower over Miller in this fight because he comes in standing at 6’2 when Miller is just 5’8. Surprisingly, even though Roberts has a huge height advantage his reach advantage is only 2 inches. Roberts is 3-0 in fights decided by knockout and 5-0 in fights decided by submission. That includes his most recent win against Brok Weaver on May 30. Jim Miller fought earlier this year and he is coming off of a loss but he has won 3 out of his last 5 fights. Miller is really good on the ground and he has a 17-3 career record in fights decided by submission. Due to that, I think this one will be closer than the odds show.
Belal Muhammad (16-3) vs. Lyman Good (21-5)
There should be a lot of action in this welterweight matchup. Muhammad averages 4.37 significant strikes per minute. Good averages 5.32 significant strikes per minute. Muhammad has won 4 out of his last 5 fights and all 5 of those fights went 3 rounds. Good has won 3 out of his last 5 fights. Good has won 11 of his 21 fights via knockout. Muhammad is coming off of his first ever win via submission. This one should be fun to watch.
Raquel Pennington (10-9) vs. Marion Reneau (9-5-1)
Not sure why this one is Match 3 since the first two fights on the Main Card will be better than this one. Anyways…Pennington has lost 3 out of her last 5 fights but it’s worth noting that one of those losses came in a title fight against Amanda Nunes (a.k.a. The GOAT). Pennington goes by the nickname, “Rocky” but her 10-9 career record isn’t as impressive as the nickname. Reneau is 2-2 in her last 4 fights and is a perfect 5-0 on fights decided by knockout and 3-0 in fights decided by submission. I expect Reneau to be aggressive so this one doesn’t go to the judges.
Josh Emmett (15-2) vs. Shane Burgos (13-1)
Emmett and Burgos is going to be one of the better and more entertaining fights of the night. Burgos comes in as a slight favorite in this one and most likely due to his size advantage. He has a 5 inch height advantage and 5 inch reach advantage over Emmett. 28 combined career wins and just 3 combined career losses. Both fighters have won 4 of their last 5 fights and this one should be competitive.
Blaydes vs Volkov Predictions and Preivew:
Curtis Blaydes (13-2) vs. Alexander Volkov (31-7)
The Main Event features two heavyweights with Curtis Blaydes taking on Alexander Volkov. Blaydes comes into this one as a HUGE favorite and a lot of people will have their money and parlays riding on him in this fight. 10 of Blaydes 13 wins have come via knockout. He will be looking for the knockout in this one. But not so fast, Alexander Volkov lands 5.36 significant strikes per minute in comparison to Blaydes 3.74. Volkov is also more accurate with those significant strikes at 60.15% in comparison to 51.28%. 20 of Volkov’s 31 wins have come via knockout. I think this one will be a lot closer than the oddmakers think but then again, this one could end with just one big blow from either one of these guys.
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