UFC Fight Night 209: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Roman Kopylov Picks and Predictions

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Alessio Di Chirico and Roman Kopylov face off on Saturday in a middleweight showdown for the main card of UFC Fight Night 209 at the Accor Arena in Paris, France.

Alessio Di Chirico comes into this fight with a 13-6 record overall but he has lost four of his last five fights. If he were to lose this fight, his time in the UFC might be over. Di Chirico’s last fight came against Abdul Razak Alhassan in August of 2021 and it was only 17 seconds into the fight that he was finished by knockout. Two fights ago against Joaquin Buckley it was 2:12 into the first round that he was able to finish the fight by knockout. Di Chirico is averaging 3.30 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.34 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 1.62 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 45 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 83 percent of his opponent's takedown attempts. 

On the other side of this fight is Roman Kopylov who sits with an 8-2 record overall but since coming into the UFC he has lost two fights in a row. Kopylov’s last fight came against Albert Duraev in October of 2021 and he didn’t look very good. He was outstruck 71-42 and that was enough to lose by a unanimous decision. He is averaging 2.72 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.93 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 0.52 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 33 percent of those takedown attempts. He also stops 83 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. 

This isn’t going to be a very exciting fight, and there are also better fights on the board to bet on. Di Chirico is best when he is fighting at a distance, and Kopylov will be fine fighting at that distance. Look for Di Chrico is control the fight and he will land more damage here on the way to the victory. Back Di Chirco on the money line. 

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

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