Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Oskar Piechota - 6/20/20 UFC Fight Night 173 Pick and Prediction
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Oskar Piechota vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: Oskar Piechota -135 / Marc-Andre Barriault +105 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Marc-Andre Barriault and Oskar Piechota faceoff in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 173 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Like the last few events, there will be no fans in the stands for this one. These are both fighters who are currently unranked.
Marc-Andre “Powerbar” Barriault had some major buzz heading into the UFC, but those haven’t worked out yet. Coming into the UFC Barriault had a couple of championships under his belt, and was sitting with an 11-1 record. Since coming into the UFC, Barriault has lost three straight fights, including his last fight against Junyong Park on December 21st 2019. In that fight, Barriault was taken down five fights, and that led to a unanimous decision loss.
Since coming into the UFC, Barriault is averaging 3.53 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.20 significant strikes per minute. Barriault is averaging 0.33 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and he hasn’t tried a submission yet since coming into the UFC. Barriault is a power puncher and in this one he needs to finish the job.
Oskar “Imadlo” Piechota comes into this fight with an 11-3-1 record overall but all three of those losses came in his last three fights. His first two fights in the UFC were wins before losing each of the last three fights.
Piechota’s last fight came against Punahele Soriano in December and he lost that fight midway through the first round by KO. Piechota is averaging 3.19 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.04 significant strikes per minute. Piechota is averaging 0.76 successful takedowns every 15 minutes. He also is averaging 1.9 submission attempts every 15 minutes. Piechota's last win came on February 18th, 2018, over Tim Williams. In that fight, it was early in the fight that Piechota was able to finish the job by knockout.
Two fighters who have really struggled, but the good news is one guy has to come away with a win. Barriault is too talented to lose another fight in a row. Look for him to use his power to finish this fight in the first couple of rounds.