UFC Fight Night 162: Askren vs. Maia Betting Prediction 10/26/2019
The UFC Fight Night 162 will be the next event of the famous UFC, in which we will be able to enjoy a principal combat between the ex challenger of the weight welter Demian Maia and the excampeón of the company Bellator Ben Askren. Maia seems a long way from his best, but Askren, who was undefeated until his previous fight, comes from falling into the UFC’s fastest knockout. The evening will be played at Singapore’s covered Stadium and will be completed with a lightweight bout between Michael Johnson and Stevie Ray.
Ben Askren vs. Demian Maia
Ben Askren is a college wrestler who landed at the UFC after walking through various mixed martial arts companies. In one of them, Bellator won the welterweight title, which he defended successfully on 5 occasions. At that time Askren was an undefeated fighter and maintained that unbeatability in his next company, the ONE Championship, where he fought 7 times. With a partial of 19 victories, 0 defeats and a nil combat, Ben Askren debuted in the UFC in March of this year.
We’re talking about a complete fighter, fast, with a punch and great agility in the ground fight. His first fight in the UFC resulted in a strangulation victory over Robbie Lawler. His second fight, in UFC 239, was the first defeat of his entire career. Jorge Masvidal knocked him out on one knee in just five seconds, making him the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Demian Maia is one of those beloved and renowned fighters who has been part of the UFC since time immemorial. His first in-company fight took place in 2007 at UFC 77. At 41, Demian Maia has fought 36 times, winning 27 and losing 9. The highlight of his career came in 2017 when he faced Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title. He ended up losing by unanimous decision and entered a spiral of defeats that led him to lose three consecutive fights.
Many gave him for “dead” sportsmanly speaking but has resurfaced with strength winning their 2 clashes in 2019, against Lyman Good with rear strangulation and against Anthony Rocco Martin by unanimous decision.
Ben Askren is a younger and more powerful fighter, and, if his recent blistering defeat does not affect him psychologically, he should take this fight with relative ease. It’s true that Maia has experience on her side, but Askren has proven to be more versatile and our experts believe she’ll win, although it’s hard to predict the method by which she’ll do it.
Michael Johnson vs. Stevie Ray
Michael Johnson is an especially irregular wrestler. As soon as he offers memorable combats, as he leads quasi-unexplained defeats. He has accumulated 33 fights, with 19 victories and 14 defeats. As a fighter, he is an outstanding fighter, with a punch but also a good scorer. On the contrary, the ground fight is his great weakness, and it is the method by which he has lost in 8 of his 14 defeats. He comes from falling to Josh Emmett in his only fight in 2019, which has also been his only defeat in 3 fights.
Stevie Ray is only 29 years old, but he has been a mixed martial art professional for 9 years now. He has fought 31 times, with 22 wins and 9 losses. He is in what is probably the worst moment of his career, with only 1 victory in 4 fights. He is not a bad fighter, but his strong point is key work and ground fighting. Up to 8 of his 22 victories have come by submission. He has just fallen to Leonardo Santos 2 minutes and 17 seconds after the first round.
In this case, we will see a clear fight of styles, as Johnson will foreseeably look for the fight to take place vertically and with the largest possible exchange of blows. For his part, Stevie Ray will try to find the opportunity to bring down his rival and take advantage of his superior level in the floor fight. With all this in mind, at Odds Shark we think that the victory will be for Michael Johnson, who could be imposed by KO.
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