If you are looking to add more betting opportunities, then look no further than UFC’s next event. In the main card, you will find a great fight and betting opportunity between middleweights Joaquin Buckley and Alessio Di Chirico.
Date: Sat, Jan 16, 2:00 PM
Venue: Flash Forum
Watch on: ABC
Joaquin Buckley (12-3-0)
Buckley is currently on a two fight win streak stepping into this matchup. His most recent bout was a knockout victory against Jordan Wright back in November of 2020.
His fighting resume shows that he has nine wins by knockout and three by decision. Out of his nine knockouts, four of them have resulted in first round finishes.
“New Mansa” has a striking accuracy at 38 percent and a grappling accuracy at 16 percent. He lands 4.89 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 5.46. This ratio is a little wild if he continues taking on more damage like that.
Buckley has a takedown defense at 100 percent and a significant strike defense at 51 percent. He also averages 0.66 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Alessio Di Chirico (12-5-0)
Di Chirico is currently on a three fight losing streak coming into this fight. All of the losses in that streak have been by unanimous decision and he has not won since July of 2018.
His fighting resume shows that he has five wins by knockout, four by submission, and three by decision. He also had a combination of five first round finishes in his knockouts and submissions.
“Manzo” has a striking accuracy at 40 percent and a grappling accuracy at 45 percent. He lands 3.25 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.28. This is a solid one to one ratio, but it keeps things tight.
Di Chirico has a takedown defense at 83 percent and a significant strike defense at 62 percent. He also averages 1.66 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Odds For This Event
The market does not seem to favor Di Chirico on breaking his losing streak. For the moneyline, BookMaker has the odds currently set at:
Di Chirico: +223
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Both of these fighters are in an interesting position with their current streaks. Di Chirico has had some tough losses recently, but they have been decisions and not brutal knockouts.
Buckley on the other hand has had great recent success with two straight fights ending with a knockout in the second round. With about half of his knockouts being first round finishes, he will be looking for blood and trying to end this one quickly too.
Di Chirico is skilled enough to win the fight in any way he needs too. However, he will have to pick and choose his shots carefully since Buckley will be aggressive.
Overall, Buckley looks very appealing for another win here. Do not see Di Chirico breaking his losing streak unfortunately.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Buckley wins via TKO, at-291
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