Michael Johnson vs. Thiago Moises 5/13/20 UFC Fight Night 171 Picks and Prediction

Michael Johnson vs. Thiago Moises 5/13/20 UFC Fight Night 171 Picks and Prediction Photo by David McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports

Thiago Moises vs. Michael Johnson

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena)

The Line: Michael Johnson: +100 / Thiago Moises: -125

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Michael Johnson and Thiago Moises face off in a lightweight showdown at UFC Fight Night 171. The fight will take place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena with no fans in attendance.Both of these fighters are unranked.

Michael Johnson comes into this fight with a 20-15 record but as of late there has been a little more struggles losing two fights in a row. In Johnson’s last fight against Stevie Ray he lost by a majority decision  Over the last seven fights, Johnson has seven losses, and this might be a must win for him. 

Johnson is a fighter that likes to keep it on the feet. Johnson is averaging 4.22 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.92 significant strikes per minute. He is only averaging 0.52 takedowns per 15 minutes, and he only averages 0.1 submission attempts per 15 minutes. 

Thiego Moises comes into this fight with a 12-4 record overall but there have been some struggles since coming to the UFC. Moises is coming off a loss and in his three fights in the UFC, he only has one win. 

Moises is a versatile fighter that isn’t afraid to win a fight in a few different ways. The one fight he did win in the UFC he had four takedowns. Moises is averaging 1.22 successful takedowns per 15 minutes, so maybe the best bet in this fight would be to get this one down to the ground. 

Moises is averaging 2.96 significant strikes per minute, but he does absorb some damage taking 3.38 significant strikes per minute. This is a make or break fight too for Moises as he tries to prove that he deserves a spot long term in the UFC. 

This fight should be competitive, but in the end it’s going to cme down to Moises and his work on the floor. He is going to want to get this fight to the floor and he is going to have success once he gets there. This one is going to go the distance with Moises dominating. Back Moises to win on the money line. 

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Shane’s Pick Thiago Moises: -125

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