UFC Vegas 28: Roman Dolidze vs. Laureano Staropoli Picks and Predictions

UFC Vegas 28: Roman Dolidze vs. Laureano Staropoli Picks and Predictions Photo by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Laureano Staropoli vs. Roman Dolidze

The Line: -- Laureano Staropoli +118 / Roman Dolidze -138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Roman Dolidze and Laureano Staropoli face off in a middleweight bout in a main card showdown at UFC Vegas 28 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Both of these fighters are currently unranked in the rankings. 

Roman Dolidze comes into this fight with an 8-1 record overall and since coming into the UFC he has a 2-1 record. Dolidze’s only loss during his career came during his last fight against Trevin Giles back in March of 2021. Dolidze actually outstruck his opponent in the last fight, but he was defeated by unanimous decision. Dolidze is averaging 2.98 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 1.75 significant strikes per minute. Dolidze is averaging 1.75 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 50 percent of his takedown attempts. Dolidze only stops 33 percent of his opponents' takedown attempts. Dolidze is averaging 2.2 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this fight is Laureano Staropoli who comes into this fight with a 9-3 record overall and since coming into the UFC he has a 2-2 record but each of those two losses have come in the last two games. Staropoli’s last fight came against Tim Means in August of 2020 and he lost that fight by unanimous decision. Staropoli was taken down twice in that fight. Each of his four fights in the UFC have gone to decision. Staropoli is averaging 4.4 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.58 significant strikes per minute. Staropoli at times has had issues stopping takedowns and that is going to need to be changed in this one. 

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This fight is going to be a war with guys receiving a lot of damage. Dolidze is the better fighter though, and his ability to get the fight to the ground will be the difference. Back Dolidze to win this fight by decision.

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Shane’s Pick Roman Dolidze -138

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