UFC on ESPN 51 Picks - Cub Swanson vs Hakeem Dawodu Prediction

Hakeem Dawodu vs Cub Swanson

UFC: Saturday, August 12th at 7:00 PM ET

Betting Odds: -- Hakeem Dawodu -230 / Cub Swanson +190 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Cub Swanson and Hakeem Dawodu face off in the co-main event in a featherweight battle at UFC on ESPN 51 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. 

Cub Swanson vs Hakeem Dawodu Odds

Hakeem Dawodu is the favorite sitting at -230 while Cub Swanson is the underdog sitting at +190. The total rounds sits at 2.5 with the over paying out at -120. 

Cub Swanson Betting Preview

Cub Swanson is still a fan favorite and coming into this fight he sits with a 28-13 record overall. Even though he has found success overall he has lost two of his last three fights. Swanson’s last fight came against Jonathan Martinez and it was late in the second round that he absorbed a kick that knocked him out. Swanson is averaging 4.68 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.73 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 1.09 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 52 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 61 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. 

Hakeem Dawodu Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Hakeem Dawodu who sits with a 13-3-1 record overall but he has also lost two of his last three fights. His last fight came against Julian Erosa in September and it was a unanimous decision loss. He was outstruck 92-74 and was also taken down twice. Dawodu is averaging 5.33 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.15 significant strikes per minute. He wants to keep the fight and doesn’t have a takedown inside the UFC. He also is able to stop 65 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Swanson probably deserves to be the underdog here, but he doesn’t deserve to be this big of an underdog. Dawodu has been rocked plenty during his UFC career, and it’s something Swanson is going to take advantage. Swanson might be older, but he’s still a good grappler and there is still some power left. Dawodu hasn’t been in good form heading into this fight and he’s going to be beat here. Back Swanson on the money line to cash here. 

Shane’s Pick Cub Swanson ML +190

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