Tim Means vs. Laureano Staropoli - 8/8/20 UFC Fight Night 174 Pick and Prediction
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Laureano Staropoli vs. Tim Means
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 8:45 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: Tim Means +120 / Laureano Staropoli -150 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Tim Means and Laureano Staropoli face off in a welterweight showdown at UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Both of these fighters are currently unranked.
Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means comes into this fight with a 29-12-1 record overall but he does only have two wins over his last six fights. Means last fight came against Daniel Rodriguez in February of 2020 and in that fight he really struggled. In the second round he got caught in a bad position and that led to him being finished by a guillotine choke. In December of 2019, against Thiago Alves, Means had his last win and he actually won that fight by guillotine.
Means comes into this fight averaging 4.87 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.44 significant strikes per minute. Means also is averaging 0.91 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and 0.2 submission attempts every 15 minutes. Means also stops 63 percent of his opponent takedown attempts.
Laureano “Pepi” Staropoli comes into this fight with a 9-2 record and since coming into the UFC he has a 2-1 record. The one loss for Staropoli comes in his last fight against Muslim Salikohov in October of 2019. In that fight Staropoli was outstruck 63-42 and that led to a unanimous decision loss. Each of Pepi’s first two wins also came by unanimous decision.
Staropoli comes into this game averaging 4.29 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.22 significant strikes per minute. Staropoli is also averaging 0.33 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and he probably won’t be trying a submission attempt in this game. He also is only successful on 25 percent of his takedown attempts. In this fight Staropoli needs to get out to a fast start and really ty to wear down Means early or this could be a troublesome matchup as they try to come away with a victory.
Staropoli has issues finishing fights and that is going to let him down in this fight. Look for Means to get out to fast start and catch Staropoli to be put in a bad position. Means might not get the finish, but he will win this fight.