Modestas Bukauskas vs, Vinicius Moreira - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction

Modestas Bukauskas vs, Vinicius Moreira  - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Vinicius Moreira vs. Modestas Bukauskas

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 10:30 PM (UFC Fight Island)

The Line: Modestas Bukauskas -285 / Vinicius Moreira +225 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Modestas Bukauskas and Vinicius Moreira face off in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 172 which will take place at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. Like the last few events, there will be no fans in attendance for this event. Both of these fighters are currently unranked.

Modestas Bukauskas will be making his UFC debut when he steps into the octagon in this fight. Bukauskas comes into tis fight with a 10-2 record overall and he currently is riding a six fight win streak. Each of the last seven fights for Bukauskas have been apart of the Cage Warriors. His last fight came against Riccardo Nosiglia in November of 2019 and in that fight he finished with his elbows at 3:51 in the first round. 

Bukauskas for the most part is a knockout artist, but he also can finish the fight with a submission. Bukauskas has seven wins by knockout, two wins by submission, and the other win came by the judges scorecard. In this fight if Bukauskas wants to come away with a win he needs to get out to a fast start. There are probably going to be some nerves in this fight, and  Bukauskas can’t let that get him off to a slow start.

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Vinicius “Mamute” Moreira probably needs a win in this fight if he wants to have another fight in the UFC. Overall Moreira has a 9-4 record but since coming into the UFC he has an 0-3 record. Not only has he struggled in the UFC. Moreira hasn’t even made it out of the first round of a fight. The first two fights Moreira was knocked out and in the last fight, he was submitted by a rear-naked choke. 

In the last two fights, Moreira has only had three significant strikes total, but the hope is this fight is the one he can finally turn it around. Moreira is averaging 2.79 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 5.34 significant strikes per minute. 

Madeira has had more UFC fights, but not even that is going to be enough for him to get the job done in this fight. Look for Bukauskas to get the strong start and Madeira isn’t going to get the job done. 

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Shane’s Pick Modestas Bukauskas -285

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