UFC on ESPN 26: Gabriel Benitez vs. Billy Quarantillo Picks and Predictions

Billy Quarantillo vs. Gabriel Benitez

UFC: Saturday, July 17th at 10:00 PM EDT

The Line: -- Billy Quarantillo +145 Gabriel Benitez -165 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Gabriel Benitez and Billy Quarantillo face off in the main card of UFC on ESPN 26 in a featherweight bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. 

Gabriel Benitez comes into this fight with a 22-9 record overall but coming into this one he has lost two of his last three fights. Benitez’s last fight was against Justin Jaynes and late in the first round, he was able to win by knockout. Benitez is currently averaging 4.38 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.26 significant strikes per minute. Benitez usually likes to keep the fight on the feet, but he is averaging 0.17 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 50 percent of his takedown attempts. Benitiez also stops 56 percent of his opponents' takedown attempts. In this fight, Benitez is going to need to use his power early, and try to finish the fight early

On the other side of this matchup is Billy Quarantillo who comes into this fight with a 15-3 record overall and since coming into the UFC he has won four of his five fights. In Quarantillo’s last fight against Gavin Tucker, he was taken down seven times, and that led to the unanimous decision defeat. Quarantillo is averaging 7.03 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.37 significant strikes per minute. Quarantillo is averaging 1.28 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 31 percent of his takedown attempts. Quarantillo is also averaging 1.8 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

It’s a bit shocking that Quarantillo is this big of an underdog. Look for Quarantillo to use his power early, and also his constant pressure will be the difference. Back Quarantillo to pull off the upset.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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