UFC Fight Night 234 Picks - Magomed Ankalaev vs Johnny Walker Prediction

Johnny Walker vs Magomed Ankalev

UFC: Saturday, January 13th at 7:00 PM ET

Betting Odds: -- Johnny Walker +410 / Magomed Ankalev -550 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker face off Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 234 in a light heavyweight showdown at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.  Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Magomed Ankalaev vs Johnny Walker prediction. When these two teams faced off in October, the fight was declared a could not continue. 

Magomed Ankalev vs Johnny Walker Odds

Magomed Ankalev is the favorite sitting at -550 while Johnny Walker is the underdog sitting at +410. The rounds sits at 1.5 with the over paying out at -180.

Magomed Ankalaev Betting Preview

Magomed Ankalaev is the big favorite heading into this fight but he hasn’t been as dominant the last couple of fights. Two fights ago against Jan Blachowicz, it was a split decision loss and he needs to be better here. Ankalev is averaging 3.56 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.20 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 1.07 takedowns every 15 minute and he is successful on 31 percent of his takedown attempts. He is also stopping 86 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. 

Johnny Walker Betting Preview

Walker comes into this fight with a 2-1 7 record overall and he had won three fights in a row before losing his last fight. In May he faced off against Anthony Smith and he was able to come away with a unanimous decision victory. He outstruck Smith 92-38 and that was the difference in the fight. Walker on the season is averaging 3.87 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.64 significant strikes per minute. 

Magomed Ankalev vs Johnny Walker Betting Prediction 

Ankalaev is the favorite, and for good reason, he’s the much better fighter here. Ankalev does a good job of getting the fight to the canvas and once he gets it there, it’s going to be over. Walker has struggled on the ground at times, and it’s going to really hurt him again here. He might be a little better but as the fight goes on, he’s going to get worn down and that is going to be the difference here. Back Ankalaev by finish here. 

Shane’s Pick Magomed Ankalaev by Decision

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