Omari Akhmedov vs. Chris Weidman - 8/8/20 UFC Fight Night 174 Pick and Prediction
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Chris Weidman vs. Omari Akhmedov
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: -- Omari Akhmedov +110 / Chris Weidman -140 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Omari Akhmedov and Chris Weidman face off in a middleweight showdown for the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFX Apex in Las Vegas. Akhmedov is currently ranked 11th in the division while Weidman is currently unranked.
Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov comes into this fight with a 20-4-1 record overall and coming into this fight he has won three fights in a row. In Akhmedov’s last fight against Ian Heinisch in December of 2019, and in that fight he won by unanimous decision. Akhmedov’s last three fights have been win by unanimous decision, and each of his last six fights have gone the decision. Akhmedov’s last loss comes all the way back in 2017 when he lost to Marvin Vettori.
Akhmedov comes into this fight averaging 2.99 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.77 significant strikes per minute. Akhmedov is also averaging 2.40 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 50 percent of his attempts.
On the other side of this fight is Chris “The All-American” Weidman who comes into this fight with a 14-5 record overall but all of five of those losses came in his last six fights. Weidman’s last fight came against Dominick Reyes and in that fight it was early in the first round that he was knocked out. All five of Weidman’s losses have been by knockout.
Weidman is averaging 3.14 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.25 significant strikes per minute. He is also averaging 3.82 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and if he wants any chance in this fight needs to have success wrestling. Weidman is also averaging 1.0 submission attempts every 15 minutes. Weidman is actually the favorite in this fight, and he really needs to win this fight to get his UFC career back on the right track.
Weidman is really struggling coming into this fight and there is no reason to believe he is going to turn it around in this one. Look for Akhmedov to jump all over Weidman early and wear him down. It’s a gift-getting Akhmedov at plus money.