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Jack Hermansson vs. Sean Strickland
UFC Middleweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, February 5, 2022 – 09:15 PM EST at UFC Apex Center
-Professional MMA Record: 22-6-0
-Knockout Record: 11-2
-Submission Record: 6-2
-SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 4.86
-SIG Strike Accuracy: 54.62%
-Takedown Average: 2.09
-Takedown Accuracy: 36.17%
-Submission Average: 0.61
The MMA fighting pride of Norway, Jack “The Joker” Hermansson, has spent countless years competing against the UFC middleweight’s finest talents. Stemming from a background in Greco-Roman wrestling accompanies a muay thai offense to create a perfectly blended skillset.
Having competed as a professional mixed martial artist for twelve years, Hermansson isn’t short of experience, including the success of becoming the Cage Warriors middleweight title during his MMA tenure.
-Professional MMA Record: 24-3-0
-Knockout Record: 10-1
-Submission Record: 4-0
-SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 5.45
-SIG Strike Accuracy: 42.82%
-Takedown Average: 1.32
-Takedown Accuracy: 61.54%
-Submission Average: 0.33
Since his return to the UFC octagon following a life-threatening motorcycle accident, Sean Strickland has resumed his positive position on the roster and has maintained a 4-fight consecutive streak win streak.
Boxing is the forte of Strickland, who’s made a name for himself through a walk-down aggressive approach in the cage. Rarely giving his opponents the chance to progress forward, this bold style matches Strickland’s less-than-sane personality.
Hermansson vs. Strickland Fight Analysis and UFC in Vegas 47 Betting Odds
The main issue for Hermansson is his willingness to allow pressure; the Norwegian doesn’t mind fighting off his back foot, a strategy that plays perfectly into the fight-style of Strickland.
The leading cause for concern on Strickland’s behalf is the lack of grapplers he’s faced in recent years; we can’t justify the evolution of his takedown defense because we simply haven’t seen it.
With that said, the sportsbooks are positioning Strickland as the betting favorite for a good reason. If Hermansson does fail to land takedowns early and often, I can’t visualize any other scenario aside from a lopsided striking battle in Strickland’s favor.
UFC in Vegas 47 Pick: Sean Strickland to Win ML (-210) at DraftKings
Punahele Soriano vs. Nick Maximov
UFC Middleweight Bout
Saturday, February 5, 2022 – 08:50 PM EST at UFC Apex Center
-Professional MMA Record: 8-1-0
-Knockout Record: 5-0
-Submission Record: 2-0
-SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 4.44
-SIG Strike Accuracy: 50.44%
-Takedown Average: 1.58
-Takedown Accuracy: 66.67%
-Submission Average: 0.00
29-year-old Hawaiian native, Punahele Soriano, has made significant strides during his short 4-year professional MMA career. Regardless of his well-equipped wrestling background, the punching power he’s put on display has been a critical difference-maker thus far.
Soriano suffered his first career defeat last time out, but with his UFC experience slowly building and the highly talented Xtreme Couture gym in his corner, we should anticipate a few more highlight-reel knockouts to be added on that resume.
-Professional MMA Record: 7-0-0
-Knockout Record: 2-0
-Submission Record: 3-0
-SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 1.70
-SIG Strike Accuracy: 64.22%
-Takedown Average: 3.00
-Takedown Accuracy: 30.00%
-Submission Average: 0.00
As a protégé of the Diaz brothers, Nick Maximov isn’t short of hype surrounding his name. But he’s equally deserving of the spotlight with an impressive 7-0 pro MMA record.
Aged just 23-years-old, Maximov has a lot to learn amongst the elite divisions of the UFC, and he’ll want to adjust the strict grappling-based focus he’s often relied on.
Soriano vs. Maximov Fight Analysis and UFC in Vegas 47 Betting Odds
The available UFC in Vegas 47 odds favor the Hawaiian blood of Soriano, and we cannot blame them.
Suppose Maximov fails to ground this fight, which is a great possibility with Soriano’s wrestling background. In that case, he’s going to struggle in contending with the fight-ending power of his opponent.
For experience and lack of all-around abilities, Soriano is the viable betting choice in this weekend’s co-main event.
UFC in Vegas 47 Pick: Soriano to Win ML (-190) at DraftKings