UFC 293 Picks - Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov Prediction

Alexander Volkov vs Tai Tuivasa

UFC: Saturday, September 9th at 10:00 PM ET

Betting Odds: -- Alexander Volkov -245 / Tai Tuivasa +200 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov face off on Saturday in a heavyweight battle for the co-main event of UFC 293 at Qudos Bank Arena In Sydney, Australia. 

Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov Odds

Tai Tuivasa is the underdog sitting at +200 while Alexander Volkov is the favorite sitting at -245. The total rounds sits at 1.5 with the over paying out at -115. 

Tai Tuivasa Betting Preview

Tai Tuivasa should get quite a welcome for this fight, but there is a ton of pressure on him here. Tuivasa currently sits with a 15-5 record overall but he has lost two fights in a row. Tuivasa last fight came against Sergei Pavlovich in December of 2022 and it was only 54 seconds into the fight that he was knocked out. Tuivasa is averaging 4.10 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.46 significant strikes per minute. He wants to keep the fight on the feet and is averaging 0.00 takedowns every 15m minutes. He also stops 52 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. 

Alexander Volkov Betting Preview

Alexander Volkov comes into this fight with a 36-10 record overall and he has won two fights in a row. Volkov’s last fight came against Alexandr Romanov in March of 2023 and it was a little over two minutes into the fight that he was able to finish the fight by knockout. He didn’t suffer a significant strike during that game. Volkov is averaging 4.99 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.0 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 0.51 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 70 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 73 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. 

Shane’s Free Pick

I think this fight is going to come down to leg Kicks. Tuivasa knows he needs to his the leg kicks to his advantage and it’s exactly how he’s going to attack this fight. Tuivasa has lost two fights in a row, but he’s super dangerous, and he has the talent to get the job done here. This is a fight I wouldn’t make a large bet on, but Tuivasa has a ton of value getting the plus money. Back Tuivasa on the money line. 

Shane’s Pick Tai Tuivasa ML

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