UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai
Updated: Sep 8
This may sound crazy but if the COVID-19 responses by sports league are any indication of operational performance, the UFC will dominate the 2020's. The UFC was the first league back and since their return they have been turning out solid content nearly every weekend. While other leagues struggled with labor negotiations, virus control, and league messaging the UFC adapted early and pushed through the initial struggles. Now they are positioned to finish the final months of 2020 strong with incredible cards.
Below is a breakdown of the fighters on the upcoming card that compares significant strikes landed to significant strikes taken.
Fighters I like this weekend:
Hunter Azure (-240)
Azure is a heavy favorite (and frankly those odds may be too steep) but he will be going up against a lanky grappler in Cole Smith who has yet to show his submission dominance in the UFC. Smith will more than likely use his height and length to smother Azure and it will be up to Azure to create separation and land heavy shots.
Michel Pereira (-115)
Dammit this man needs to succeed. We need more Capoeira fighters in the sport. Every time I see this guy my thumbs start itching and I want to go back to the Eddy Gordo Tekken days. Pereira is a big Welterweight and his greatest challenge will be his own cardio. If he burns out early like in previous fights, this will be a long night for him.
Alistair Overeem (-161)
Sakai is on a 4 fight win streak in the UFC and is looking to put a real name on his resume. Enter Overeem, a man who has over 60 fights to his name and still performs at the highest levels of the sport. Sakai looks like a promising up and comer but I think this is too hard of a push. Plus, Overeem only loses to fighters who are 6'4".
Data provided by www.UFCStats.com
Lines provided by www.Bovada.lv