UFC on ESPN 56 Picks - Joaquin Buckley vs Nursulton Ruziboev Prediction

Nursulton Ruziboev vs Joaquin Buckley

Game Info: Saturday, May 11th at 7:00 PM ET

Betting Odds: Buckley -130 / Ruzieboev +110 -- Over/Under: 1.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a Joaquin Buckley vs Nursulton Ruziboev prediction for this UFC on ESPN 56 showdown on Saturday, May 11th at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. We will take a look at: 

- Joaquin Buckley’s recent form and performance

-Nursulton Ruziboev’s recent form and performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s fight between Joaquin Buckley vs Nursulton Ruziboev.

Joaquin Buckley Betting Preview

Joaquin Buckley comes into this fight with an 18-6 record overall and he has won three fights in a row. Buckley’s last fight came against Vicente Luque on March 30th, 2024 and it was midway through the second round that he was able to win the fight by knockout. He outstruck Luque 55-21 when he finished the fight. Buckley is averaging 4.06 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.26 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 1.40 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 36 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 69 percent of his opponent's takedown attempts. Two of his last three fights have been won by knockout. 

Nursulton Ruziboev Betting Preview

Nursulton Ruziboev comes into this fight with a 34-8-2 record overall and since coming into the UFC he has won two fights. Ruziboev’s last fight came against Sedrigues Dumas and it was three minutes and 18 seconds into that fight that he won by knockout. He was outstriking him 12-1 when he got the finish. Each of his two fights in the UFC have been knockout. Ruziboev is averaging 3.93 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 0.87 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 3.27 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 100 percent of his takedown attempts. 

Joaquin Buckley vs Nursulton Ruziboev Prediction

Buckley is getting a step up in competition, but this is also a huge step up in competition by Ruziboev. Buckley has won each of his last three fights by knockout, and he’s going to do it again here. Ruziboev isn’t ready for the step up in competition, and Buckley is going to prove that to him early in this fight. Buckley is going to apply the pressure and will get the job done. Back Buckley to win this fight by knockout.

Shane’s Pick Buckley by Knockout

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